Matanui was built by Lanes, Picton in 1923 and for a launch that will celebrate its 100th birthday next year she has travelled to life with very few alterations / additions. In the interests of comfort at some stage a dog-house has been added to the rear cockpit, which was enlarged at the same time.

Stepping aboard there are numerous original fittings, including the antique Simpson toilet. 

Lanes built Matanui using 1 1/4” full length kauri planks, ribs 6” apart and pohutukawa stem. Her cabin top is American redwood t&g and the wheelhouse mahogany.

Matanui is one of those boats that attracts admirers anywhere, at anchor and even when she’s hauled out.

Matanui measures 42’x11’6” x4’8” and is powered by a 130hp Ford Dover 6cyl Diesel engine fitted reconditioned in 1990. At the same time she underwent a significant refit.

Matanui is a British Registered Ship and during WWII was purchased by the NZ Navy and taken to the Soloman Islands for patrol work, she sports a Lewis gun on her foredeck and depth-charges from the stern.

For the last 40 years Matanui has remained in or contacted to the same family. Check out the ER Lane hand written specification sheets below.

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3 thoughts on “Matanui

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  2. Matanui has replace Engine in 1987 and refit engine 130Hp Ford Dover since run 2022 all well


  3. I was aboard a number of times in the later 40s 50s ear , when Joe Kissin owned, it’s so wonderful to see she still has the beautiful red squabs in the aft cabin, she had way back then.–

    Does anyone know if she ever had a Kelvin Diesel, at any time?

    Also was the Fairbanks Morse 2 cycle or 4 cycle)

    A fabulous boat in wonderful condition that will last forever. — KEN R


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