The 44’ WG Lowe & Sons built (1959) ex work boat, recently popped up on tme and our woody spotter Ian McDonald advised that it was once his boat.
Tokatea was built to Goverment spec for Fisheries as a Patrol Boat and lighthouse tender and based at Coromandel until she was retired from service in 1987/88 and bought privately and taken to Tauranga. In recent years she has called the Marlborough Sounds home.
Built from solid kauri – hull and decks she has a beam of 12’5”and draws 5’. Forward motion is via a Gardner 6LW
Got to love the axe in the wheelhouse – a nod to her work boat days 🙂
Back in 2016 we learnt a lot about Tokatea in a very informative WW story – link below to read how Ian purchased Tokatea. https://waitematawoodys.com/2016/07/28/tokatea/
You might like to read True Tales of New Zealand Fisheries Officers compiled by Don Armitage and Duncan Chisholm for further and correct information