What waitematawoodys is all about and how to use this site

About waitematawoodys
Dedicated to the study and appreciation of classic kiwi wooden boats. WW was founded upon a desire to tell the stories and a need to archive history of our classic wooden boats, the craftsman who built them & characters that owned and crewed on them. Visiting this blog is like a bunch of people in the boat club bar, there will be stuff discussed you know, stuff you know nothing about and stuff you want to know more about. That’s what waitematawoodys is about – gathering stories, photos, history, reminiscences. If you want to share with us what you know about classic wooden boats, click the follow button. If you email us at waitematawoodys@gmail.com your photos, movies and  tales we’ll share them with a community that’s growing by the day. alan houghton – waitematawoodys founder. flora mcKenzie – photo librarian, tea & other important stuff.  ©2015
How To Use The WW Site
There are many ways to enhance your waitematawoodys experience, the easiest is by using the categories & tag sections on the right hand side of the page, here by clicking on a word/s you can search by any topic & see a summary of articles linked to that topic e.g. individual designers, build / launch year, CYA owned vessels, boat names or locations etc.
To get the most out of the waitematawoodys you really need to be a follower, relax its not some new cult, all you have to do is click on the ‘Follow’ tab that appears at the bottom of you computer screen on the right when you have the waitematawoodys page open. You then enter your email address* in the box that appears & now you will be able to:
(a) receive an email advising you when new articles have been posted or updated. Means you no longer have to check in all the time.
(b) allows you to make comments on articles that have been posted.
*waitematawoodys won’t divulge, sell or otherwise do anything silly with your email address

I hope this helps, if you need any advice at any time just drop me an email at waitematawoodys@gmail.com
Alan Houghton

Why I Started This Site

To provide a meeting point for owners and devotees of classic wooden launches. To seek to capture the growing interest in old wooden boats and to encourage and bring together all those friendly people who are interested in the preservation of classic launches for whatever reason, be it their own lifestyle, passion for old boats or just their view of the world.

To encourage the exchange of knowledge about the care and restoration of these old launches, and we facilitate gatherings of classic wooden launches via working together with traditionally-minded clubs and associations.

If you feel a yarn or topic might be embellished or not be accurate, remember time does terrible things to the memory, so help us by joining the conversation i.e. commenting.

Please be respectful of photo rights and do not reproduce without asking

Are you a waitematawoody?

If you are interested in our interests and activities become a follower to this blog.

The Vessels Featured Here

The boats on display here (yes there are some yachts included, some are just too drop dead stunning to over look) require patrons, people devoted to their care and up keep, financially and emotionally. The owners of these boats understand the importance of owning, restoring and keeping a part of the golden age of Kiwi boating alive. The boats are true Kiwi treasures to be preserved and appreciated.

103 thoughts on “What waitematawoodys is all about and how to use this site

  1. Dear W Woody Administration and members.
    My name is Stu Rich. I am the owner of a classic 35ft marvel plank, ex fishing vessel “Lochalsh” built by Millers in Lytteton (Canterbury ). she is nearly 100 years old.
    I would really like to see her embark into her next century in the way she deserves. Currently moored near Picton in the Marlborough sounds, I am asking if any of your members are interested in becoming part of her story… I could offer ownership shares in her in exchange for work completed. I intend to work on her in early 2019 out of the water for some time. accommodation can be provided in Picton during the refit period. I feel I am only a custodian of this vessel.. and would possibly sell (entirely) to the right person/s. Very much open to discussion and ideas.! Thanks for reading. Kind Regards, Stu .


  2. Hi Alan, do any of the Wai Woodys know what happened to our old launch? 24 foot, Estevan? I would love to know.


  3. Hi. I have some old family photos that might interest … Goodson’s Ltd hauling a boat. How could I send them to you? Would be interested in history and date of them, and they might be of interest to you readers…


  4. Hi Alan thank you for following up and responding to my enquiry ,much appreciated.
    Best regards Rob Dines


  5. Hello , I am looking to buy or have built a smaller clinker dingy that will be used to put on display in our display home . I’m hoping that someone may be able to send me in the rite direction or assist in my search .
    Best regards to all .


  6. No idea as to the purchaser, but she’s back on Trade Me for 2x what Mum got. As an aside, do you know of anyone who took a photo of the Hauraki Gulf Northern Leading Light and Passage Rock? These are for my log books. Thanks, Juli


  7. Hi all
    We have just purchased the Rautangi a kauri bridge decker featured on this website. She has been moved to my property 425 Krippner Road, Puhoi.

    She was completely gutted and partly repaired by the pervious owner. I am told that she has been out of the water for 7 years.

    We seek as much advice as possible on how to get her back into a usable state again. We have no previous experience in restoring wooden boats and done much reading on the internet. However, many conflicting views on how to do this properly has left us undecided on the way forwards.

    I would much appreciate any guidance and advice on this project.

    We welcome any visits from those who would like to see her and share their wisdom.

    Nigel and Kim Boyd


  8. Dear Sir , As an expat I have always closely followed all N.Z. boating activities. Can you shed some light on where to go to see a set of beautiful Mahurangi Regatta photos including (1) Roy Dickson and his 6meter I.O.D. ( international one design ) at Mahurangi and Waterwitch yacht designed by Bruce Farr I cannot remember the year (2009 ? perhaps ) These are some of the most glorious photos and I’ve been trying to find them now for four years . Cheers to all , Great website visited daily.


  9. Could you please tell me if the Ka Iwa is still for sale and how I could contact the seller?
    Thank you, Chris


  10. Re the Radio Hauraki photo: I think I have that in my book, ‘Shoestring Pirates’ and it MAY be called Joylene?


  11. With the renovation of the yacht Ariki, A3, nearing completion, Ian R John is compiling a video record of the yacht’s history. He woild love to find any moving picture records of the yacht. Can anyone help? Mark Newcomb.


  12. Wondering what range of decking materials would be in keeping for my 1948 Col Wilde bridgedecker- did they ever do teak in aft cockpit?


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  14. Hi folks I’m helping a mate who has Erelyn in the Bay of Islands, we know she was built by Orams is Whangarei and launched in 1958. He would dearly love to collect the history on her if anyone can help. She is currently out of the water having some much needed maintenance done shuch as replacing the stuffing boxes and some ribs with new kauri timber. Would anyone know of a supplier of pure mutton tallow so we can refit the prop tubes. Many thanks in advance and apologies if this is not the corrrect palce to post this


  15. Hi all,

    I’ve been looking into improving the handling of out boat by rebuilding our rudder and would appreciate some feedback. The best idea I have seen so far is in this article –


    It looks like a good way to sort out steering both running and low speed manoeuvring, which is a real issue for us getting on and off pole moorings.

    Has anyone any experience with this type of modification and have any better ideas? I’m seriously thinking of doing this next haul out. 40 ft and nine tonnes of boat is alot to stop and secure on piles, with tide, windage and nervous crew occasionally conspiring against us.




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