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Wairangi has appeared before on ww (link below) but has recently had a big dose of TLC. The above photos are a mix of some taken by owner Owen Foster (via KRickets) while anchored at Rakino Island & mine that show her over Easter anchored in Man o War Bay, Waiheke Island. The newly varnished cabin/wheelhouse looks stunning & combined with a lot of other work, she looks very special – in fact I would be happy to call her mine 🙂

Also looking very smart in one of the photos is Safari, her owner Neil took the below photo of Raindance during the Sunday afternoon squall that hit the bay mid afternoon – rain, hail, wind = boats dragging their anchor all over the bay – fun & games but no damage.



11-08-2018 Update – Photos below taken by Owen Foster using a drone, while at anchor at Oneroa, Waiheke Island. emailed in by Ken Ricketts

Update 19-07-2019 ex model maker John Whyte

Back in February I was contacted by John Whyte seeking info on Wairangi, John was doing the drawings of Wairangi for model maker Paul Berntsen (Havelock North). Earlier today John sent me the photos below of Paul’s finished model. John commented that the wharf behind it is a 1.34 scale model of the Opua wharf which measures just over 6 metres in length. John plans to build a lower wharf for the pilot boat with a ladder coming of the higher wharf.
The boat measures around 450mm long and 110mm wide.
Paul is obviously very talented, I struggle maintaining my own boat – building  something like this would be a recipe for disaster for me 🙂
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Bruce Tantrum – artisan model boatbuilder


Bruce Tantrum - artisan model boatbuilder

Boats have been a passion of Bruce Tantrum for more than 6 decades, and building model boats has been part of that passion.

In addition to models he has twice built keel boats for family sailing, for racing and cruising offshore.

In recent times, he has built complete fully rigged models from scratch using the original lines and construction plans. These models include work and leisure, power and sail boats, and include designers George Steers, Charles Nicholson, William Fife, Olin Stephens, Robert Logan Snr, Arch Logan, Percy Vos, Arthur Collings, Bailey and Lowe, Bruce Farr, and Laurie Davidson.

Bruce has also built 5 models for Team NZ of race yachts for the America’s Cup, the TP 52 class and the Volvo Round the World race.

More photos & contact details here http://www.btmodelboats.com