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.

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

  1. Hi there, my husband and I are looking for the history of the 60 ft Kauri Lazy Bones ( probably a name change) used to go to Barrier alot I hear. There is a bouy on her that could say Heather. May not be original. Any info would be appreciated. Also we have acquired a Mosquito sail dingy this year, I see there is a post about them on your website. I cant send photos on here cause of my phone, but I can send them via phone. We are the owners of Sybil Frances and love the waitamata woodies.


  2. I read a lot of stories on this site about the amazing restorations taking place. I also note that someone seems to keto an eye on trademe and let you know when boats of interest appear. I have not seen mention of the following auction and wonder if any of your readers would be interested in the following
    Listing 2347703757
    Heading is
    classic kiwi woodie
    Not sure if it’s one you’d be interested in discussing. Regards Leane


  3. kiwilea1 on October 4, 2019 at 8:36 pm
    Perhaps someone could pass on my information to Ian MacDonald. Re the Maree Anne. He could contact me at +64212659616 or email on emailleanebarry@gmail.com. Thank you. Regards Leane


  4. Hi there, bit of a long shot but I’m trying to track down my Dad’s launch he built in Thames. She is a Hartley 30 tidesong. Her name was Lady Naomi, but possibly had her name changed. She was sold over 30 years ago and went to Auckland. Not sure where she went after that. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I have photos I can forward through.


  5. Today on this site I discovered history on my grandfather’s launch ANTARES (Cyril R Parker). I am wondering if anyone has any news on his last launch named Koroma (sic)???? Cyril owned this in the late 70’s – mid 1980’s and it was berthed at Half Moon Bay marina. Likewise his boating friend Clive Power’s launch Wainunu. Any ides or info would be appreciated.


  6. The family of Bud Nalder who passed away on the 31st July 19, would like to advise they will be holding a farewell service at the Tasman Bay Cruising Club in Nelson on Saturday 10th of August at 1pm. All welcome


  7. Any information on The Rangi & Maud, these vessels were used as ferries/cream boats on the Tauranga to Matakana Is. run and were operated by a Mr Palmer of Matakana Is. during the 50s to 60s Where are these boats now? are they still going? love to know more.


  8. Hi has any one any information on the ‘Ilex’ built by the Deemings at Okiato in 1910.
    31 ft Kauri.
    Our family sold her around 5 years ago and she was shipped to Paeroa from the Far North.
    I rang the ship museum at Paeroa and the guy on the phone told me she had been scrapped!
    Anyone have any info?


  9. Hi new owner custodian of vessel Caroline reqire assistance scipper or crew to bring vessel whitianga to auckland phone allen 0276881752 rgds allen h


  10. Hi All

    I’m looking for any information on “Sterling” a 40ft launch built by Ernie Lane in Picton in 1926.

    I bought Sterling in poor condition a couple of year ago and am slowly bringing her back up to speed.

    And history would be greatly appreciated.




  11. Hi All,
    I have been looking for any information regarding the history of a Bob Swanson designed and built launch named Prudence launched in 1965.
    I have the original Mana Cruising Club newsletter from November 1965 with Prudence featuring on the cover and an article written about her but I have no real information regarding her history up to my purchase of her 3 years ago.
    Any information would be gratefully accepted.
    Thank you


  12. Hi Allan,
    Lyttelton 1880’s yacht Pastime is in the process of being totally restored in a shed in Tamihere. Could get owners name etc if you are interested.
    Currently researching Kaipara launch Tern. Will supply you with full history plus photos. The history of these old boats take time as you well know. Still got to get photos of her from the Matakohe Museum. The owner has just got her motor running.


  13. Hi,
    I wish to subscribe to this excellent site. Would you kindly advise what I need to do.
    Mack Gridley
    Sydney, Aus.


  14. Hi there. I just came across this site. My father is Tom McCarthy who worked for and became a manager at Shipbuilders. I was doing a search to see if I could find any information of the boats he built or to find anyone that knows my father or has any stories. Dad is still alive. He has had a couple of strokes but is still alive and kicking.


  15. 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 .


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


  17. 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…


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


  19. 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 .


  20. 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


  21. 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


  22. 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.


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


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


  25. 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.


  26. 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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  28. 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


  29. 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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