Power Chief

POWER CHIEF

Today’s woody is a very smart looking 40’ ex work boat named Power Chief, which given the stated 1906 year of build, I suspect has had a name/s change at some stage.

Her tme listing (thanks Ian McDonald) tells us she was built by McPherson Bros. on the banks of the river Lieth in Dunedin, South Island. She fished for many years out of Port Chalmers, Oamaru and Timaru – these days home is Back Beach, Port Chalmers.

The seller is very conservative in the asking price so I suspect she will be snapped up asap. No mention of what powers her.
Any southern woodys able to tell us more about how and when this fishing boat made the transition to pleasure?

Harold Kidd Input – POWER CHIEF was a new name given to an earlier launch built in 1923 (according to NAPS records – Z166) probably by McPhersons.
G J Morrison of Company Bay Port Chalmers bought her in 1939 and renamed her POWER CHIEF after a popular brand of Caltex petrol. He was probably a garage proprietor. Her dims were 36′ x 9’3″ x 3′ 6″ and she had a 16hp Viking marine engine built in Dunedin by Tonkinson.
I haven’t figured out her original name yet.

KOTARE – The Most Affordable Waterfront Apartment In Auckland

KOTARE – The Most Affordable Waterfront Apartment In Auckland


Over the last few years we have seen a surge in the number of workboat > pleasure boat conversions. Bang for bucks you can end up with a lot of boat.Todays woody Kotare has appeared on WW before, link below.

https://waitematawoodys.com/2020/03/05/kotare-3/

At 50’ Kotare would be one of the best conversions I have seen and is now offered for sale – owned by a fastidious passionate woody, everything is presented in as perfect condition and is ready to motor off into the sunset or just stay at the marina and enjoy waterfront living.

Expressions of interest to   waitematawoodys@gmail.com

31-03-2021 More photos & video added

Pilot + Woody Quiz

Far North Mystery Workboat – PILOT
Woody Brett Stanaway has taken his launch Seabee to the Far North this summer, even ventured as far as rounding Cape Reigna. While in Hohora he spotted the above woody. Those rather substantial belting indicate she was / is a workboat. In my eyes, there is a certain whale chaser look to her.No name visible so we will have to rely on the WW workboat boys for help ID’ing her.


Most likely the last day afloat today – special thanks to those that sent in photos over the xmas/ny period. Keep them coming 

Input from Dean Wright – she is called PILOT and has been on WW before 🙂

https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/05/23/pilot/


WOODY QUIZ – WIN #1 Selling Book

All correct answers to the question below go into the draw for a copy of Brian Peet’s #1 selling book – Des Townson – A Sailing Legacy. Enter via email only to this address waitematawoodys@gmail.com

Q – Identify the item in the photo below eg – what is it, who would have it and where would you see it? (Thanks to Harold Kidd for the photo)

Arawa – What Do We Know About This Woody

ARAWA – WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS WOODY


Recently I was contacted by Manuel Cunha, advising he had purchased an ex 38’ crayfish boat named Arawa, which he believes was built in 1956 in Whangaroa. For the last 20 odd years Arawa has been standing on a farm in Auckland. Can any of the work boat crew enlighten us / Manuel as to her past.


LADY KAY – WHERE IS SHE. I have been contacted about the launch – Lady Kay, a twin screw motor cruiser built by Elkins and Son in 1938. If it still exists a previous owner has various bits including the compass binnacle that he would like to pass on to the currant owner.