The above photo (ex Lew Redwood fb) shows, nearest camera & centre, the Alley family launch Dione, at anchor at Matiatia, Waiheke Island. The caption says that the man is sitting on the partly exposed hulk of the M A Doran. 

You can read about how M A Doran ended up at Matiatia below.

Can anyone tell us more about Dione?

Harold Kidd Input – The Percy Vos DIONE is WW’s masthead pic and is not the boat in the pic. She was built for F.H. Seccombe in late 1927. In August 1929 Frank Seccombe had Allely Bros install a 70hp Kermath engine in her. ALLEY = ALLELY?
Secondly there was another DIONE contemporary with the Vos DIONE. She was registered as #198 from 1920 and may well be the DIONE in this pic. Unfortunately I have no name for her owner. She certainly looks very much like one of Chas Palmer’s early Collings & Bell ADELAIDEs.

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MATUKU – Matiatia Motorboat + Villiers Engine


photo ex David Glen

Over the Xmas / NY period David snapped this nice little low wooded motorboat tucked /  wrapped up in the NW corner of Matiatia at Waiheke Island. She has  a nice sheer, anyone know her history? see below

Now If She Needs A Motor?


Mike O’Dwyer sent in these photos of a wee 7hp Villiers air cooled, diesel, hand start, with integral fuel tank, engine. Mikes not sure  of it’s date of manufacture but investigations have found it would be around the early 1960’s. It has manuals but these are un-dated.
The engine belongs to Mike’s father (who qualified as an A Grade mechanic back in the day), he fully reconditioned it in 1980 and it’s only clocked up about half an hour since.
Anyone able to date the engine & provide anymore info on them?

She would suit a small open launch……..  If anyone is interested they can contact Mike via ww and he will put them onto his father to discuss further.


25-01-2016 Update from Alan Good

The boat is named Matuku, this may not be its original name was she was renamed by her owner some years ago when she was moved to Te Matuku Bay, Waiheke Island.
Alan has advised that she is a Bailey & Lowe, c.1887, approx 30′ long, with a schooner bow. At some stage she has been re-powered with a Daedong diesel.
Amazingly she is still owned by same family, a descendant of the ‘Lowe’ in Bailey & Lowe.


16-02-2016 New photo ex Alan Good


The cleats may indicate that she may have been a yacht originally.