Mystery Launch At Waiheke Island
Mystery Launch At Waiheke Island
Matira, the 1956 Collings & Bell woody, has featured on WW many times before & is what I call a lucky boat, lucky in that her owner has an appreciation for classic woodys & spends what is needed to keep her in spectacular condition.
Due to personal reasons, Matira is now for sale & in my eyes would be the best classic wooden launch on the market.
Over the last 2 ½ years she has had a rolling re-fit that has included re-powering with twin Yanmar 110hp diesels & numerous other significant mechanical work.
The mechanical work has been matched by just about new everything inside. For more details, view the trademe listing (link below) , from where todays photos come from.
The photo below was sent to me by Bryce Strong, a previous owner of Matira, & shows her sporting a steadying sail –
Today’s photo was emailed into me by John Burland, who spotted Matira recently while on a road trip, he took the coast road to Thames & while driving through Kawakawa spotted (hard not to) Matira sitting on Barry Abel’s front lawn.
Barry has recently sold Lady Jane, see link below, to a young couple & has acquired Matira as the next project. I seem to recall her appearing on WW once before but cannot find her, maybe she is still in the ‘one-day’ file. Te Atatu Boating Club rings bells also.
I also recall she was on the market for rather a long time & no doubt Barry picked her up for a bargain price. There is a nice hull hiding under the additions that showcase a mixed of styles. As an aside her hand basin is from a B747 washroom.
Do we know any more about Matira?
05-10-2019 Update ex Barrie Abel – photo below shows Matira before her refit.
Ideal Woody Xmas Present
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View the WW story on the book here https://waitematawoodys.com/2016/11/28/what-do-you-want-for-xmas/
Chatting recently on-line with Bryce Strong he mentioned his ownership of the 1956 Collings & Bell launch Matira, the lead photo was taken at Great Barrier Island & also shows Altair nearby, Bryce commented that the water was so still you have difficulty deciding which way the photo should be up.
Bryce kept her on the Clevedon River & at one stage there was a flood & Matira pulled out the front mooring pole, and swung around and collided with Altair, moored behind on the pontoon. Only held by a single stern rope which held her until Bryce could sort it.
Bryce sold Matira in 2009 to Steve Martin, a boat builder who carried out an extensive and immaculate refit in 2011, setting up Matira for another 30 years. Photos below of Steve’s work. There is an extensive documented history of the vessel here https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/03/03/matira/
Link below (blue) to a spec sheet of Matira from during Bryce’s ownership period.
Note – this shows her powered by twin 4 cyl.Ford 75hp engines, in late November 2015 she was re-powered with twin 110hp Yanmar’s that while lifting her performance, significantly reduced the running noise. Her owner Guy Warman commented to me post her re-launch sea trial, that that alone was worth the cost 🙂 Matira is a lucky lady to have been so well loved & cared for over the years.
Upper Harbour Cruise to the Riverhead Hotel
Yesterday had the makings of a stay at home day – the forecast was looking very average & the All Blacks ‘v’ Ireland test was kicking off at 9.00am. Unfortunately the gods only smiled on us once – the weather never eventuated but the AB’s dropped their guard & for the 1st time ever lost to the boys in green. Given the location – Chicago, I say it wasn’t a real test 😉
The following classics from the CYA launch fleet made the trip – Mahanui, Te Arahi, John Dory, Te Hauraki, Trinidad, Lucille, Juanita, Raindance, Matira, Lucinda, Kumi & the motor-sailer Bliss. These were joined by others who traveled by car. Over 100 gathered on the outer decks for lunch & one or two cleansing beverages.
Another great day & special thanks to the organizer – CYA Launch Captain Angus Rogers, Tony Stevenson for the use of the Tino Rawa Trust tender ‘Whistleblower’ & the publican, Stephen Pepperell, always nice to greeted at the wharf on arrival.
MATIRA – re-powered
The 1956, 46′ Collings & Bell launch Matira has featured on ww previously & extensive details on her can be viewed here https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/03/03/matira/
Matira is a very pretty boat, again one of those designs that look good from any angle & look fast even when anchored. She was for sale on trademe for a long time & I was aware of several people who ‘looked’ at her but were put off by a few things that just were not right. Primary concern was the engines which if I recall correctly were mismatched in hp.
I’m very pleased to advise that she has a new owner, Guy Warman, & work has began on bringing Matira back to the condition that a vessel of her size & provenance desires.
In the last month she has been hauled out at Okahu Bay & the team from Moon Engines have removed the old Ford D series engines & installed twin 110hp Yanmar’s.
On her recent sea-trial Matira comfortably cruised at 9.5 knots with a top speed of 13 knots. I’m told that the reduction in noise & space was worth the expense alone 🙂
Guy is interested in any more history that can be uncovered on Matira’s past so if any woodys can help out , please do.
Matira has joined the CYA launch fleet so we look forward to seeing her attending a few events. She will be in good company with Rod Marler’s Arohanui, due to slide out of Greg Lees Sandspit boat shed this weekend after an extensive renovation.