Tony Brewer contacted me regarding his recent purchase of – Monita a 17’ Mason Marlin which was built by Sutton Mason & Co. Ltd in Mt Roskill, Auckland sometime in the 1950’s.  She is powered by a 2003 90hp 4stroke Honda, which Tony feels maybe to heavy.  He is considering re-powering with a 2013 Mercury Mariner 50hp ELPTO 2stroke. Tony’s not interested in a high top speed but would like to be able to travel at between 15 to 18 knots.  Fuel economy is not an issue as they do not travel far and there would usually be only 2 people on board.

So woodys – the question of the day is – would the boat be under powered with the 50hp motor?

Pohuwai + Lakeside Woody Parade



The owner of Pohuwai, Danny Dalton, is 46 years old and has owned her for 29 years – I’ll save you the maths, he bought her when he was 17. That must have been like owning a Ford Mustang when you were still at high school.
The 1963, 17’ Mason Marlin has been a rolling-restoration over the 29 years, when purchased she had a 350ci Chevrolet V8 inboard and is currently on its 4th outboard.
Danny is keen to uncover any history on the boat, what he knows is – Pohuwai started life on Lake Taupo, her name has not changed since launched.
The boat resides on a custom trailer in it own shed in his home town and sadly does not get a lot of use as Danny currently resides in Australia. But he has set a target to be back for the North Island’s – 2021 Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade.
Fingers crossed Danny has promised some photos of her when he purchased her.
If you are a regular visitor to the WW site you will know that this woody event, held on the North Islands Lake Rotoiti is one of best on-the-water woody events in New Zealand. One of the really cool aspects of the parade is that the ‘public’ i.e. those without a boat – can view 100% of the parade from the banks of the lake at the Okere Falls Inlet. The fleet of 60+ woodys do a lap of a waterfront course, only 25m from the shore, complete with commentary.
The parade starts at 11am, but to secure a good spot for your rug / chairs, I would suggest you are on-site by 10>10.30am.
To see previous years parades, enter Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade in the WW search box.
WIN A 2020 Lake Rotoiti Classic Wooden Boat Calendar
The first 2 woodys to correctly answer the question below – will win a calendar.
If you miss out you can but them at
$15 for one and $40 for three – + $7.50 p&p
NOTE: Entry is via email only – To
Q: What year was the first parade? (Hint answer on their website)





I was contacted recently by Louis Jensen from Christchurch who owns the beautifully restored Mason Marlin classic runabout, Lasanta. Very pretty classic. Louis has promised to send more details & photos (nudge nudge) but I could not resist putting these ones up on WW today. It was the perfect excuse to give this coming weekends Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade a plug.  You will find full details here

It’s an amazing event, so if you are anywhere around the central North Island, make an effort to attend. I’ll be there, so look out early next week for another big classic woody photo gallery. Might even buy a boat……………………….

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The annual Waitangi Day CYA picnic at Motuihe is always a great boating day out & with most of us sliding away on the Monday, its a perfect stop off on the way home. Location will depend on the wind i.e. whichever side is most protected from the  breeze/sea. Look out for the big CYA burgee on a pole in the sand and that will be meeting spot, bring your picnic and introduce yourself. Motuihe gets busy on a sunny day but there’s always room 🙂




Another Mason – Suzy Q started out as a double diagonal hull, Marlin & later in life got a top chop.  Since these photos were taken a chrome, split glass windshield has been added. Her engine is a brand new V8 Lexus motor. Sounds & looks like she’ll do 35 knots – would be interesting with round bilge, might drift around the corners 😉

She is owned by Ryan from Pine Harbour Electrical, Ryan & his father did all the work.

(photos taken at the 2013 Boat Show at the Viaduct)

Mason Marlin

photos ex Sven Baker

Following along from the recent Mason Clipper posting we had, todays boat is a Mason Marlin that Sven restored in 2013.

Any more of these classics hiding out there? Photos & details please.

ps Sven previously owned the rather nice Ranui – a 1947 Lidgard. Enter Ranui in the ww search box to view.

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