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.

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

  1. *Asking on behalf*
    Hi
    I’m on the look out for an Isuzu 2 cylinder diesel engine model 2kc1.
    Looking at all the dismantling yards etc – trying to source one in New Zealand.

    If anyone can help point me in the right direction.

    Thanks

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  2. All of Tudor Collins vast collection of glass negatives were donated to the Auckland War Museum in 1914-15 by his nephew Brian Collin’s family
    Brian was a close friend of mine in the 50s and 60s and his father Reg was Tudor Collins brother
    I suggest that interested parties contact the museum as the range of photos are incredible
    Ruskin Cranwell

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  3. Been meaning to join the great team at woody I will comment on our 1930 Eric Cox designed Col Wild built Mapu sometime later

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  4. A boat builder named Mervin Ryan from Whangarei, died about
    48 years ago. I want to buy one of his clinker boats. Do
    You know how to search for one

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  5. yes
    as I am at the other end of the island
    thought there may be more photos
    Inside of wheelhouse and measurements approx
    Lay out of the boat
    stern gland type
    winches
    Close ups around deck
    etc
    THANKS

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  6. The innovative glue injection that you talk about was done by Steve Carey. A well known Dunedin owner of the ‘Thelma’ during the 1950,s 60,s

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  7. Hi,
    I am trying to find out about a Woollacott Ghost. She was built some time between 1939 and 1943, and is called ‘Ghost’. I am wondering if this is the original or a later boat of the same name.
    The previous owner didn’t have a great amount of her history but had owned her for 12 years. I can send pictures…

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  8. Hello Sian , I would like to know more about your fathers yacht Shiralee , as I have one exactly the same here in ChCh called Fidelity and am wondering if it is the same yacht or a sister ship . Same design , but believe mine was built in Milford creek by Allen Williams in 1960

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  9. Hi my name is Clive. I represent the Te Awamutu Community Menzshed. We have been given a small fleet(4) of pond yatchs as our members are not interested in them we are looking for a new home for them. They all need alot of work. They are free to a good harbour. If any one is interested please contact me teawamutumenzshed@gmail.com

    Thanks Clive

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  10. Hi, have some old photos [about 90 years] that I found in a Dunedin junk shop, of some local launches. Includes the ‘eclipse’ that I see featured on this blogsite.One day I may work out how to put them on here. Here,s hoping until then. Cheers, K. Murphy

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  11. Hi, I was browsing and saw that Harold Kidd has written a book, Little Skimmers, and my poppa, Roy Kendall is mentioned in it. I am having trouble tracking down this book, but I do have a photograph album that belonged to poppa, with yachts being buit and sailed around Auckland, if anyone would be interested in my scanning them? Some of the photos are quite tiny, and I also have the original name plate for the Shiralee which he built.
    There are a couple of photos from 1937, the rest are from the 50’s, boat are, Black Rose, Logoda, Kelly, Daydream, Takina, Zest, Kahurangi etc….

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  13. Hi – Just replying belatedly to previous post re what people would like to see on the site and for me its the old photos and backgrounds to them.

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  14. Yes have alot of memories and also Ron’s boat jandy 11 in our family at present.in contact with nancey also .

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  15. The Herreshoff in your Photo from Palm Beach is the 105′ Whitehawk fresh in from a month in Cuba. Built in Maine in 1978 cold molded, inspired from Francis L. Herreshoff but actually came from the designer Bruce King. She is an incredible sailing yacht. Based in Newport, RI and managed by kiwi Simon Davidson

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  16. Hi all,
    I have a Stewart Matangi motorsailer built by Brin Wilson named Jeanette. Apparently built for an Auckland businessman by the name of Coutts in 1965. I’ve managed to get her looking tidy and original over the last few years.
    Would anybody happen to know anything of her history?

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  17. That sounds good: I would indeed love to get things sorted before winter. I’m heading to Canada for a couple of weeks on May 14. Could I deliver her before that trip? I could probably come up during the week before if necessary though the weekend of May 7 would be more straightforward, but I guess that would mean being able to find a safe mooring until you could pull her out. What do you think? Cheers, Tim

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  18. I’m moored at Westhaven. I should have written last week: I was up at Kawau over the weekend! I could bring her up though. There is of course a bit more to be done than the windows , though even they would warrant bringing her up and leaving her with you for a while. Would it be best to have you look at her first, if you were down this way? Or, assuming I could bring her up for a while, when might suit you?

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  19. Hi, I own a Val boat, Valeta. I’m looking for someone to replace/repair the cabin windows, currently rebated (at places very shallow-ly because of the cabins curve) into teak but leaking. Does anyone on the site do that sort of thing, know anyone who does? Best, Tim Dare

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  20. Does anyone remember Ron Carl Augustin? He was very involved with ships chandlery. His wife wife Nancy was involved with the Girl Guides boat centre at Westhaven and his daughter, Topsy, married a friend of mine from the launch Mataroa, Kevin Reynolds.
    Ron’s boat has sailed into the sunset.

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  21. Yes, this site is a great discovery! We have judged purchased Kea- Roy Parris’ boat that sat infront his place in Westmere/cox’s bay for many year. About to get her anti-fouled and can see evidence in the patina of many colours over the years, does anyone know what her original colours were?

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  22. Hi WW.
    What a wonderful site to discover. I have just begun researching any available information on the yacht Ida owned and raced by my great grandfather CP Murdoch with the intention of building a model of her for my children, preferably as she was in 1902. I am unsure if she still exists but any information on her would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.

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  23. About the good ship Hukarere. I believe this launch was owned by the Felts family of Bucklands Beach during the 1960s. She went ashore and was holed while trying to get on her cradle to be hauled at “the rocks”, located between Big Bucks and Little Bucks. Before the present reclaimation, both launches and keel boats were hauled here during the winter months. I was one of the gang from Chas. Bailey & Sons who patched her up for towing to Bailey’s yard in Beaumont Street. Harry Pope was in charge of operations and Bryce Subritsky towed Hukarere around to the yard. It proved to be an interesting job over the winter months.

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  24. A privilege & a pleasure too have discovered this site.
    Jake Hewitt is my name.Im 37years of age.
    I was fortunate too have been brought up with my father owning a humble 30 foot shipbuilders launch with a bridgedecker style cabin. Once I have achieved the sale of both our 22 foot Glasscraft Sportsman & Classic Car … I will be searching for a classic 30-35 foot displacement Launch of my own* … Look forward too Learning much from you all and enjoying the many photo’s & yarns you all posess.
    Cheers – Jake.

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  25. Hi Allen Heatie: Marty’s boats aren’t for ‘sale boats’ as yet, just boats for ‘looking at’ at present.

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  26. Hey, Alan, I have a few photos of old boats from around Auckland, from as far back as about 1964, in places like Mansion House, Waiheke, the Barrier. I also have a few short videos which would probably be too big for email. I could put them on “one drive”, “dropbox” or just mail you a DVD so that you could upload them yourself. If you’re interested let me know which format is best for you. Cheers, Marty.

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  27. Hi Gregory,
    Ok, thank you for your friendly reply.
    We have collected our set of irons from Trade Me over a period of years and fortunately hand me downs from retired B Builders.
    Stanley Marine in Whangarei have had them from time to time, I shall hunt out his ph no. for you. Whangarei has a nice mix of old classics and overseas visitors in its yards.
    We tend to shape short planks from a solid piece of timber when doing isolated small repairs. It really is a pleasant experience when using the steam box. We don’t have a shop big enough to leave it set up permanently. Ok back to you soon with that ph. no. For the second hand marine bits n pieces.
    Pam

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  28. Pam, how can I locate a full set of old corking irons I can buy so I can be of use on old wooden boats that need some lovin’ attention? Gotta be some around inherited by folks with no intention of using them. “Have irons will travel.” I’d love to help keep some of New Zealand’s classics afloat and make new friends to cruise with.

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  29. Thanks for checking Pam! The owner has been researching techniques and ordering wood and silicon bronze fasteners. He is still deciding how he wants to go forward. He is positive. To be cont…

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  30. I apprenticed as a wooden boat builder 2 years in Norway, 1973-1975, and co-owned two boatshops, consecutively during my 11 years of living there. I have become a Baha’i citizen of Aotearoa and New Zealand is my heaven on earth but officially I am a tourist here at this point. I live here 9 months of 18 and am not allowed to earn money, the work visa I had in the works as maintenance supervisor/educator on a waka hourua didn’t materialize so I volunteer in hopes of getting cruising time and liveaboard oppertunities.I just spent 8 days at Salthouse boatbuilders doing maintenance without pay on the Haunui and Salthouse gave me free access to all their tools and machines and were unbelievably kind to me and welcomed me back any time. What an honor! I am presently volunteering with a replanking job on a 1902 Bailey sloop, the Janet, in Ahuriri, my new home. The owner wants me to put the planks on cold but in Norway we steambent all planks so I want to talk to local experts about the viability of this approach? Richard Allen of the Ranui had an 1895 36′ Bailey hasn’t replied to my text yet. I am excited to be a member of your hui. Cheers

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  31. Does anyone have an old ford Dover sitting around that needs a good home, Even a short block would be good

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  32. The original engines wer 2 x 165 HP Kermath Sea Mate Specials Bridgefords put the present engines in her in the later 1970s early 80s & I had 2 identical engnes in my boat TIARRI. I was aboard KAIKOURA fairly soon after P Voss built her for Alf Crawford — I have pics of her then – my email is kenpat@ihug.co.nz if you wish to know more –KEN RICKETTS

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  33. I have an old (early 1910 ) 36 ft vessel named TARA. Was a fishing boat when purchased but I converted it to pleasure. Can some one give me info on her builder or designer. She is advertised on Trade Me. @ $30k. Has a green cover over cockpit.

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  34. Hi,can anyone recommend a company/engineer/mechanic to service twin Perkins V8 510 Diesels
    in our launch “Kaikoura” built by PC Voss & launched 1951. (not the original motors)
    Thanks
    Peter Jones

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  35. Great news about Margaret Anne. Sent ww some photos when you get a chance. In regard to Lady Diana – the below was post om ww on March 2013. Cheers AH
    “LADY DIANA IS ON A MOORING IN TE UENGA BAY. B.O.I.”

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  36. Greetings, I am the new owner of Billy Roger’s Margaret Anne, I’ve found your website very interesting and thought I should make myself known. I noticed a post with a picture of her and comments wondering where she is. She is in Westhaven. She’s a little run down but given time and resources I plan to polish her up (and remove unsightly additions). Do you know where her sister ship Lady Diana is? I would be interested to see her. Cheers, Helena

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  37. Hi,

    We just bought a 1956 Ship Builders launch a few months ago and today while out cruising discovered that our stuffing box is rotten at the front where the shaft enters. The metal housing is loose and the shaft is vibrating. Do you have any indiviudal contractors or companies you could recommend we contact to have this looked at and repaired ? The boat is in Auckland at Westhaven. Any help would be appreciated. Rgds Paul.

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  38. Hi Alan
    I am really enjoying your blog. It is superb and the photos and boat history with it is really great. To date I have not seen an Owen Woolley designed or designed and built boat.
    Do you have an age limit? I built and launched a Woolley in wood in 2004.
    Would it qualify for Waitemata Woodys?
    Keep up the good work, this is an excellent website.

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  39. This is a great idea. Any chance of including more “down below” photos of these fine wooden boats as they come up on the site?

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