Luana + Patio Bay + Woody Calendar

Luana is a very special woody, in a lot of people eyes, the best looking afloat, sadly these days she calls the Bay of Islands home so we do not get to she in the flesh. Recently woody – Glenn Martin snapped the two yard photos above of Luana hauled out for some TLC at Opua – nice to see you are looking after my boat Rick 🙂 She has made numerous appearances on WW, just type her name in the search box to be wowed, but if you are lazy, this link will give you a gander. Enjoy.

Woody Weekend at Patio Bay – This Saturday Be There

If classic wooden boats are part of your life, you will know the significance of the 1st weekend in December – its Patio Bay Weekend – the CYA celebrate the end of the year with yacht and launch racing down to Patio Bay, Waiheke Island. This year we also have a twist to the launch event – included is a ‘Poker Run’ – where entrants collect playing cards at 5 locations on route and later, ashore, play a game of cards to win cool prizes. Post racing, the real fun begins – the best old school boatie BBQ ever happens ashore. Probably 2nd only to Mahurangi Regatta weekend for the number of classic wooden boats anchored in a bay. Also back this years is the cake day competition – two prizes  – looks & taste. If you have just arrived from another plant – click this link to see last years gig.

If racing is your thing – check out the CYA events calendar for details.
If you are a cruiser – just slide down to the bay anytime after 2pm-ish. The BBQ (everything BYO) normally kicks off around 4.30pm. BBQ’s for cooking available ashore. Note: to be eligible for the prizes you must be a paid up member of the CYA. If you are not, don’t let that stop you attending 😉

The Perfect Woody Stocking Stuffer

Every year the Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat (Nth Is.) crew produce a very cool calendar showcasing some of the woodys that attended that years event – I have had a sneak peek at the 2021 edition and its very sharp + only $15 – a steal 🙂 Copies available here, but be quick, they sell out every year





Sometimes I get sent a photo/s & the jaw drops – yesterday was one of those days. The above photos show the 1920 MT Lane built Luana in the Bay of Islands at Easter. Luana is a very special member of our classic fleet & in my eyes is in the top 3. Now there’s an idea – a survey for the classic launch’s that have the wow factor, boats that when you cruise into a bay & see them, you cruise by to get a second look. Post your top 3 in the ww comments section.

For the record – my top 3 (no order) Lady Margaret (Dick Lang) , Luana & Tasman.

Luana has featured a lot on ww – great photos here but if you enter Luana in the ww search box you can view more.
Love the ships cat in the top photo, I think there is normally two on-board 🙂

Luana Keeps Good Company

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Luana Keeps Good Company

The beautiful 1920 MT Lane classic Luana has just been out at the Salthouse yard (classic’s love railway slips) getting some TLC. Of course a vessel of her caliber needs a service vehicle of a certain standard, meet ‘Cloudy’ a new addition to owner Rick’s fleet of classic cars. This one has a provenance to match Luana – NZ new, her first owner was Sir Robert Kerridge (hence the BK plates) the cinema man. Bob Kerridge had great nautical links having owned Pakatoa Island & the legendary hydrofoil Manuwai.