Arohanui (mcgeady) A Peek Down Below

AROHANUI (mcgeady) A Peek Down Below

Arohanui was built in 1952/3 at the McGeady’s Ponsonby yard. Specs are 42’ x 11’9” x 3’11” and powered by what appears to be a 6cyl Ford diesel engine.

She has made several appearance on WW, the link below to the Jan 2014 story has lots of details and photos from her past. https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/01/08/arohanui/

(thanks Ian McDonald for the tme heads up)

Arcturus

ARCTURUS – A peek down below

Back in Oct 2020 (link below) we advised that the 33’ 1952 McGeady launch – Arcturus had changed hands and was getting some serious TLC. We were contacted by her new owners yesterday and they kindly provided WW with some ’new’ photos. Now we also get to have a peek down below.  Her owner must be suckers for punishment – they have recently bought boat the classic launch – Katoa, featured in the WW story below this one.

https://waitematawoodys.com/2020/10/08/arcturus-new-owner-update/


Restored 1928 Ford Special  – 100 years old race car

I saw sent the video link below tia very cool  nearly 100 year old kiwi race car named Lucky 17. The owners comments match the spirit that most of us have for your classic boats – Enjoy


Ranui Rejoins The Work Force

RANUI BACK IN WORK
While woody Glenn Martin was mooching around Northland, he came across the 32’ launch Ranui in Kohukohu on the Hokianga Harbour. Readers may recall that Ranui was originally from Lake Taupo and built as a boat to ferry post war veterans in recovery. Originally named El Alamein, she was built by McGeady in 1944/45.

These days she plies her trade as an inner harbour charter boat.  Glenn commented she has been freshened up with new paint and a Volvo engine. Owned by the local flounder fisherman and builder she is in good hands with steady trade servicing people on a gravel bike tour.

You can read / see more on Ranui’s past here.   https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/08/03/el-alamein-ranui/

Fantasy

FANTASY

Fantasy is a 1952 McGeady designed  launch and Ken Ricketts has commented on WW previously that she was probably part built by the McGeady yard and the interior then fitted out by her 1st owner Colin Lannam.

This woodys is all we know about her. In the photos above taken recently in Rocky Bay, Waiheke Island, its obvious she has had a lot of attention in recent times. Can we learn anymore about this launch.

Input from owner/s – Fantasy owned by Catherine Arnault since 2 or so years with partner Bruce Dunlop being the active restorative force .
Underfloor Sole 72 hp engine from 2007 runs well and remarkably quiet.
Cabin sides had extensive rot under windows and this has been attended to .
Hull extremely well built by McGeady with 6 stringers each side of hull running entire length of hull with ribs at 12 inch centers makes for a sturdy panel all copper riveted .
Interior revamped 2 salon berth’s with dble starboard midships and fwd in progress 2 berth’s .
Great roomy Gulf Cruiser .
Home port at moment Mangawhai Estuary.