LOVING YOUR BOAT TO DEATH – Electro-chemical Destruction / Underwater Rot

LOVING YOUR BOAT TO DEATH – Electro-chemical Destruction / Underwater Rot

The subject of electrochemical destruction and wooden boats has been covered extensively on WW – in fact the Chris McMullen articles are the most referenced stories on the site. At the end of todays story I have listed links to these stories.

Today thanks to Chris McMullen and Baden Pascoe we get to share an article they penned for the 2023 Mahurangi Cruising Club Year Book*, this article succinctly backgrounds the topic and suggests what as a wooden boat owner you should be looking out for and what to do to protect your wooden boat. READ IT. But if you are lazy – let me spell stout for you – DO NOT FIT ANODES or BOND YOUR WOODEN BOAT.

Note: PDF version below for easier viewing for the visually challenged – i.e. most of us 🙂

(*Article reproduction with the permission of the Mahurangi Cruising Club©️)






What’s Happening With The Percy Vos Shed?

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What’s Happening With The Percy Vos Shed?

If I had $20 for ever time I have been asked that question, I’d be buying the Ngapipi Rd boat shed that appeared on WW yesterday.
It would be an understatement to say that the shed is a project that has had a few false starts, in fact a well known waterfront identity is on record as saying he would walk naked up Queen St if it was ever completed. In fairness to them – I think they were referring to it being a working classic wooden boat yard.
So woodys I was a little relieved the other day to come across an article by Vicki Holder on the Ray White weblog, its dated February 2018 so hopefully what was reported is still on track.
I was even more upbeat when I saw name Rod Marler popping up early in the article – Rod is one of good guys, calls a spade a spade & does what he says he will. The man comes to us from an impeccable yachting bloodline, with his family having owned one of our finest classic yachts – the 1905 Arch Logan – Rawhiti. Rod himself has owned & raced the 1934 Arch Logan designed yacht – Little Jim & these days skippers one of the smartest classic motor launches on the Waitemata. An ex chairman of the NZ Classic Yacht Association & a true waitematawoodys fan (see photo below).
Nine to Five (more like 7>7) Rod is director of design & place at Panuku Development, now that is a fancy sounding title & I can hear going “whats he actually do?” – well the answer is a hell of a lot, lets just say that if it involves Auckland’s waterfront, Rod will have rubbed up against it.
Back to the Vos shed, owned by Panuku – now one person can’t deliver a project the size of the Vos Shed but Marler has what it takes to pull together the many interested parties & funding streams to make it happen – there is talk about a summer of 2019 completion date, fingers crossed that this time it happens – I’m sure at some stage there will be the opportunity to contribute to the funding, I’ll let you know when.
Read the article at the link below + some great photos.
Woody, Baden Pascoe has published a great book, titled ‘Launching Dreams – Percy Vos & His Boys, its a must have / read if you are a true waitematawoody. Check it out here   https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/11/20/percy-vos-the-boats-his-boys/ . I think you can still buy copies – Baden can you confirm & if so – where & how?

Classic Yacht & Launch Exhibition 2017 – The NZ Clinker Boat – 50+ Photos




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Robert Brooke


Baden Pascoe



Classic Yacht & Launch Exhibition 2017 – The NZ Clinker Boat

Over the weekend the Tino Rawa Trust hosted the 10th Classic Yacht & Launch Exhibition at Karanga Plaza on Auckland waterfront Wynyard Quarter. If you missed the event, you really did miss something special. The feature this year was the New Zealand Clinker Boat.

I went to the opening commemorative (Tony Stevenson, likes flash words) morning tea on Friday, if you were looking for a wooden boat builder or a fountain of knowledge on wooden boats, you would have been stunned at the guest list, it was the who’s who of NZ classic wooden boat movement. If you weren’t there you must have done something really bad in a past life to not be invited 😉

Above is a selection of the boats on display, taken on Friday when the crowds were light. Enjoy 🙂

Talking to Tony Stevenson, Jason Prew & Baden Pascoe last night & this years event was hands down the most successful in terms of attendee numbers, Saturday being huge. Well done guys. 


Sailing Sunday

Sailing Sundays

CYA member Baden Pascoe blew the dust off his I4 footer today at St Heliers. Baden’s father built her in the early 1980’s & Baden describes her as the Ferrari of light weight clinker sailing dinghys. Must have been a blast for his boys skinning along in a NNE breeze with Tony Blake on the helm.
The tow vehicle is a tad classic as well  🙂

A Special Woody Weekend

A Special Woody Weekend

Today was a special day on the woody boating front – Baden Pascoe officially launched his book ‘Launching Dreams – Percy Vos – The Boat & His Boys’ at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. We saw over 300 of the classic boating fraternity & people connected to Percy Vos – family, friends & ex work mates join together to celebrate the event & rub shoulders. Great speeches but the key message of the day came from John Street to Sir Bob Harvey (Chairman of Waterfront Auckland) & that was that the Vos Shed project was LONG over due & action was need NOW. Todays audience certainly agreed 🙂

A few photos from the launch / morning tea.

Copies in your local book-store now or from Baden on badenhp@xtra.co.nz


Percy Vos – The Boats & His Boys


CYA member Baden Pascoe has written a magnificent pictorial and historical record that celebrates the life of Auckland businessman and renowned boatbuilder Percy Vos, his boats and the people who worked with him – ‘Launching Dreams – Percy Vos – The Boats & His Boys’

Baden’s interest in Percy Vos is fueled by the Pascoe family association to the Vos yard. Baden’s father, Howard Pascoe, a very talented centre board sailor and boatbuilder, worked for Percy in the 1940’s.

To quote Harold Kidd here on waitematawoodys “it’s not only a great read but a beautiful thing to hold in the hand; a superbly produced book that glitters at you at all sorts of levels. A complete “must buy” for anyone with a whiff of salt in his or her veins”

There is an open invitation to all lovers of classic yachts, launches & work boats to attend a morning tea to celebrate the launch of the book. The event will also be a wonderful opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the legends that worked at Vos and you will be able to buy an autographed copy of Launching Dreams. If you can’t make the morning tea, check out the major book sellers who have copies, the perfect Christmas gift for all waitematawoodys.

Venue : Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron – Dinghy Locker – Westhaven

Date: Sunday 24th November – this Sunday

Time: 10a.m.

Percy Vos book to be launched

Percy Vos book to be launched

A little bit of a heads up, very very soon we will see the launch of a new book ‘Launching Dreams – Percy Vos – The Boats & His Boys’ by CYA member Baden Pascoe. I have had the pleasure to work with Baden on the production of the publication & its a both a great read & a wonderful pictorial insight into the world of Percy Vos & the people that rubbed up against him.

Its a ‘big’ book so clear some space on the coffee table & start saving the pennies because if you are seriously interested in classic wooden boats – this will be a must have book.
Its on the printing press as we speak so more re publication date soon 🙂
Harold Kidd Comment:

It’s not only a great read but a beautiful thing to hold in the hand; a superbly produced book that glitters at you at all sorts of levels. A complete “must buy” for anyone with a whiff of salt in his or her veins.

The Pascoe Model Collection

The Pascoe Model Collection by Baden Pascoe

The Pascoe  family has been associated with model yachting for almost 100 years.

In about 1912 Charles “Charlie” Pascoe, my grandfather,  meet “Chips” Fordyce” and had a 30” hull shaped. He finished off this hull, rigged it and gave it the name “ Star “. From what I understand this was the beginning of the Pascoe’s association with model yachting.

Shortly before my father Howard Pascoe was born in 1918, Charlie had a larger hull built. He again finished it off and she was given the name “White Heather”. Charlie’s other three sons,  my brothers Bruce, Stan and Les all had models built for them. These models are all fine examples of “pure pond yachts” and have been treasured by the Pascoe family ever since. These models initialy inspired all of the Pascoe boys to become champion yachtsmen in whatever class they chose to sail in.
All of these models are unique in their design and construction. They are all tuned to sail and race. This is a very unique feature when comparing these models to other examples which are purely decorative.
The family tradition is now keep alive by Wayne Pascoe, 3 of whose models are featured above – the schooner Yankee, the sloop Archie Logan & a 1/2 model of Lady Eva.


Pond Yachts


Now I have a bit of thing for what the English call ‘pond yachts’. The one on the mantlepiece above, my wife rescued from a Devonport junk shop as a bare hull & in the halcyon days of the 1980’s, I paid a man to make the rig & sails for it, thank god I did not re-paint the hull, that would have halved its value. These days they sell on e-bay for really silly money but mines not for sale.

During last years classic yacht & launch show at the viaduct, Baden Pascoe popped below on his launch ‘John Dory’ & surfaced with his pond yacht – built for him 48 years ago by his father Howard. She is built from spruce, an off cut from a mast Howard built for the C class keeler ‘Florence’. Baden has restored her & as I witnessed on the day, she is lighting fast under sail.
The Pascoe family have a 100+ year tradition of model building – but that story & photos will have to wait for another posting.

Whitianga New Years Day Regatta #2 c.1950/51


Whitianga New Years Day Regatta #2 c.1950/51

Whitianga New Years Day Regatta #2 c.1950/51

Launches along side of Wharf: Fore to back: Marlin (Roley Smith), Eta B (Ted Bronlund), then little launch with rounded cabin top: Peggy, owned by the Morcombs & built by Bill Nobel at Whitianga in the 1920’s, then behind her: Renown (A White), then Spray (W Heald). Boat with skipper on wheel house: Scripps (Albert Bowman), the boat with the man at bow: Te Kuti (Jim Wilkins) and the boat behind her no name but owned by Trevor Brown.

Caption & photo supplied by Baden Pascoe. Photo taken by Simon Bronlund’s aunt Joyce.