Woodys Riverhead Tavern – Winter Cruise 

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Woodys Riverhead Tavern – Winter Cruise 
Yesterday was one of those days where the weather forecasters got it wrong -big time. Took the dog for an early morning waterfront walk between the showers and the ferries on the harbour were sounding their fog horns – fast forward 2 hours and the suns out, water glassy flat and we are going boating. Quick side trip to collect our quests – Margo & Jamie (MV Lady Crossley) from Westhaven and we are off.

A great turn out for mid-winter, saw 60+ woodys gathering at the historic waterside Riverhead Tavern for lunch – special thanks to those that came by car and helped with berthing the boats at the wharf. As always – click on photos to enlarge 😉

Nice to meet some new faces and if there was an award for most travelled attendee, woody Bruce Rowe on board – Ngarimu would be the winner. Bruce and his ‘decky’ mate – travelled from Thames to attend.  The boys left Thames on Friday, stayed at bottom end of Waiheke, then off Stanly Point / Bayswater on Saturday night and  will be heading home today. Talking to Bruce,  Saturday night sounded heaven – tucked up in their warm bunks, rain on the cabin top, listening to the Auckland Blues rugby game, then the NZ v India cricket test – not a lot of sleep was had 🙂

We were also graced with the company of John and Diana Olsen on their steam boat – Dancer, The Olsen’s towed Dancer from Cambridge and launched her at the old Salthouse yard to make the trip up the creek.

Check out the Woodys Classic Weekends Event Calendar at the link below, for upcoming outings – our next one is an overnight BBQ cruise up the Clevedon River on the weekend of 14 > 15th August – a heads up – numbers will be restricted due to berthing / anchoring limits -so RSVP early.

https://waitematawoodys.com/2021/06/15/woodys-classic-boating-calendar/


The poster below greeted us at the door to the tavern – has a nice ring to it………….  maybe someone is sending me a message 🙂

Katoa + Vacuna – In The 1950’s

KATOA + VACUNA – In The 1950’s
Following on from the recent WW update story on the launch – Katoa, I was contacted during the week by Richard Daley, whose grandfather – Reg Bull owned Katoa during the 1950’s. She was kept on Lake Taupo and Richard’s mother –  Judy, spent much of her holidays aboard her during this time. Richard commented that the family found her a vast improvement on Reg’s previous boat, the Nomad, which rarely managed to get around Rangitira Point on the way to the Western Bays.


On selling Katoa, Reg had Owen Woolley build him a replacement – Vacuna, which was launched in 1959. Vacuna  featured in WW a few years ago in a less salubrious story regarding her sinking & subsequent sale – RIP Tom the Torch 😉 .

The photos above show both from that period, Richard says the one of Katoa is proof that she did make it to the Western Bays on many occasions.
WW Katoa links

https://waitematawoodys.com/2021/06/03/54970/
https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/12/04/new-arrival-at-mapua/


WW Vacuna link https://waitematawoodys.com/2016/11/25/vacuna-2/

RSVP (boat name & approx # of passengers) to waitematawoodys@gmail.com

Whats Happening With Katoa

WHATS HAPPENING WITH KATOA

The launch Katoa wallowed on tme for a very long time, great bones, crying out for a woody to rescue her and return her to as launched condition.Things have gone very quite – would love to think that she has been purchased and there replans for a re-fit.
Can anyone update us?

Input from Annie Bryce – my partner and I have bought Katoa in March this year, fell in love with her lines and history we are in the process of moving down to South Island and are looking at putting Katoa on the hard in spring for a good over haul inside and out will post some photos of that process. Last year we bought the launch Arcturus and have nearly finished her makeover

TIME TO RSVP FOR THE NEXT WOODY EVENT – RIVERHEAD TAVERN LUNCH CRUISE  waitematawoodys@gmail.com

SUNDAY 20TH JUNE. MEETING OFF HERALD ISLAND @ 10.30an – ARRIVE HOTEL AT 11am – Lunch @ 12PM >>> DEPART TAVERN @ APPROX. 2.15PM

RSVP TODAY – Send name, boat name, approx # of passengers to waitematawoodys@gmail.com

Haunui Restoration Update #2 + Woodys Classic Event Dates

HAUNUI RESTORATION UPDATE #2


Last week myself and Jamie Hudson (Lady Crossley) pointed the car south for a pre-arranged visit to the yard where Paul Tingey is performing his magic on the 1948 Colin Wild built woody – Haunui.It was just over 5 months since I was last there and the project is moving along a great clip – check out the WW link below to view the first visit and to read the scope of the job.

Haunui is a very lucky woody – not every boat gets a second life to the extent that Haunui is getting.
https://waitematawoodys.com/2020/11/13/haunui-restoration/

UPCOMING WOODYS CLASSIC EVENTS ADVICE