A left field idea

How’s this for a left field idea

I saw a posting on the CYA forum yesterday that caught my eye. CYA member Greg Schultz is selling a berth & jetty at Tinopai on the Kaipara. Ok it’s a mud berth but at the price it could be a seriously cool idea for an affordable bolt hole. Check the photos out above, the outlook is impressive. I’ll quote from Greg’s post below –

“Ever thought of keeping a boat on the Kaipara. I have a mud berth and jetty for sale very cheap at Tinopai, all Northern regional Council approved etc.

Could put an old boat in it and have an absolute beach front ‘bach’ property…annual rental is about $160. Come up stay/live on board and maybe go out and catch a load of snapper, fishing is still great up here, I caught a 14 pounder a hundred meters off the beach last week and a visitor from the camp ground speared a huge kingie while spearing flounder next to this jetty .

These berths regularly change hands for about $2000-$3000 depending on condition. This one was rebuilt about 12 months ago so should not need anything doing on it for quite a few years. Has had a 45 foot launch moored there before I put my 18ft mullety on it, fine for something up to 26-28ish ft but could require a digger to dig it out for anything much bigger. I will look at the closest offer to my ‘buy now’ price of $1000 if anyone is interested as I now have another berth for Scamp (the mullety)

The photos above were taken about 2 hours after full tide.”

Now here is another twist on things – FV Waimko has just failed its commercial fishing survey due mainly to rot in the foredeck area (shown in photo). The owner hasn’t got the time to do the necessary repairs so would be interested in any reasonable offers around $5000, has a good engine, gearbox, radar, VHF. She could suit someone looking for that ‘seaside bach’ to go on the jetty!

Around $6,000 all up for a waterfront pad – a few ww lads should form a syndicate….

For more details ‪itzgreg@xtra.co.nz

Project Boat Wanted

And if you have or know of a T, S or X yacht lying around, Greg was looking for another mullet boat to restore but has decided something around 12-16’ would be better. So if there is one out there looking for a good home, condition unimportant, contact Greg.



(another stunning yacht project that I just had to share)
Scamp was designed and  built by Roy Parris for his own use in 1943 while he was working at Shipbuilders building Fairmiles for the war effort. She was sold not long after and taken over to the Manukau by Jim Jenkins and consequently lost her launching registration number of V28 as Manukau boats couldn’t then be registered in Auckland. On Scamp’s return to the Waitemata she was re registered as V45.
I don’t have much history but know she was owned by Glen Trainer at some stage before she eventually went north to Tinopai on the Kaipara Hbr and sailed there for several years by Rod Neels. Ironically when I was looking for a restoration project I discovered her back in Auckland and owned by John Tattersfield and brought her back here to Tinopai. I knew Rod at the time but was totally unaware of the connection until he casually mentioned one day that he has once owned an 18 footer……….snap!
Early on I decided there wasn’t enough original boat left to consider a restoration so the project began as a  four year rebuild. Scamp was relaunched at Tinopai in Jan 2013, seventy years after she first touched water down on the Waitemata
Anyone interested in more detailed information on the rebuild or with any further history on Scamp is more than welcome to contact Greg Schultz  itzgreg@xtra.co.nz
Story & photos ex Greg Schultz
Footnote: Greg is looking for an N-Class to restore, if anyone can point him in the direction of a ‘good’ one, contact him at the email address above.