I spotted the 40’ Atkinson designed launch – Shango anchored in Little Oneroa, Waiheke Island over the xmas > new year period. 

Very impressed that she has had a top chop and lost the radar tower, refer photo below from the 2020 Woody Waitangi Day Picnic at Wakalabubu Bay, Motutapu Island.

In a previous life the launch was named – Ani and before that – Brief Affair ? Link below to that WW story and photos

Mahanui Gets A Refit And Is OFS


Just over two years ago I ran a story on WW about the 42’ classic launch – Mahanui and how her ‘owner for life’ had found a new love (another woody) and was offering her for sale. 

I described her as follows “Mahanui is offered in almost as new condition and presents as a hop board and go boating vessel – a snapshot of her package includes – dinghy, outboard, cockpit table and chairs, fenders, cutlery, pots, pans, glassware, tools (particular to the vessel), almost a spare of everything, cushions etc etc.” 

We were beating would be buyers off with a big stick, until along came a family that met the approval of the seller 🙂

In the last two years of ownership the new owners have – upgraded the galley water system, new remote set-up for electric dinghy davit, new tender and outboard, undertaken a refurbishment of the interior (new – upholstery, carpet, blinds and refreshed bright work) and just commissioned a full engine service. So woodys why am I telling you all this – because due to a change of circumstances – her owners have made the hard decision to pass Mahanui onto the next owner. So Mahanui is Offered For Sale.

Mahanui presents in suburb condition and while retaining her distinctive appearance her most recent owners have carefully integrated modern systems and technology to ensure the very latest in comfort and safety.
One of the most livable classics on the Waitemata Harbour, she offers an instantaneous summer cruising solution – grab your togs and toothbrush and you and the family (>8 berths) are boating this summer. And I’ll finish on a scary thought – ONLY 8 WEEKS TILL CHRISTMAS DAY 🙂

View previous WW stories on Mahanui click below

For more details on the vessel – in the first instance email

Woody Photo Gallery

Duke of Marlborough

Antares 3




Woody Photo Gallery
The selection of woody photos above was sent in by Bryce Strong, details and links to previous WW stories below. I hate Digital dates on photos but it is a very simple way to record when the photo was taken – two are dated 2013, interesting to see how the vessels have faired in the last 13 years.
The top photo of the steamboat – Duke of Marlborough, is a newbie to me. I’m looking forward to Russell Ward chipping in with her history 😉
Antares – built in the 1950’s by Supreme Craft. At the time the above photo was taken she was owned by Bryce’s brother-in-law, Ron Phillips
Arima – built in1953 by Colin Wild

Moana – built in c.1939 by Sam Ford
Shalom – built in 1973 by TK Atkinson
Anyone Recall Sutton MalcolSham & Co
I have been contacted by Richard Winthrop looking for information on a boat builder named Sutton Malcolm & Co. Ltd of Mt Roskill, Auckland. Many years ago Richard had a Mason Clipper that had the sticker below on it.