1 thought on “Moana @ Riverhead June’14

  1. I owned Moana from 1998 to approx 2004. During this time I refastened with silicon bronze screws and repaved the coamings with mahogany [on the fly bridge] covered the decks with ply and F/G and took out any rot or short planks from earlier dings. I also fitted new electronic with a plotter radar various auto helm displays auto pilot inverter new alternator, freezer compressor and letrosan toilet. Fully auto anchor winch. So although Moana was a 1939 boat she had the same live-a-board comforts of a much later boat. I used her from the Bay of Islands to the coromandel extensively and never experienced any seas she couldn’t cope with. We also put in an inner spring mattress and better shoer with engine driven hot water so she was a very comfortable boat. She had had the fly-bridge fitted when I bought her and I always was torn between the practicle side and the classic side as to if I should remove this.
    I stripped her to bare wood several times and finally after a stint in a shed at Orams where I had the exterior up to a mint standard I sold her as I didn’t have the time or money to continue to maintain her.
    Moana remained as a memory that was hard to erase and in about 2009 I saw her again at Westpark looking a bit sad and for sale, however, before I could buy her back she was sold and after later meeting the new owner it was clear she had gone to the right home as he had several boats and the ability to both maintain and restore them. It is a testament to these boats that quality built in 1939 will last if maintenance is continued. I can only praise the design and building skills of Sam Ford who was ahead of his time with a 10ft 6in beam in 1939. She was as sea kindly and capable as anyone in our cruising area needs. Moana 1939 by Sam Ford a deserved “Woody”.

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