Mason Bay

The rebirth and conversion of a New Zealand fishing boat-and maybe her further adventures. Other boats and observations will happen from time to time.....

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Sorry its been a while. Meantime ,on a road trip south called in to Westport and finally saw and fotoed GRACE. It is looking for a new owner,Not much money for a syart but a full refit/rebuild will be required. I have more details if anyone interested, including owners contact.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Returned to Whangarei on !5th April having circumnavigated New Zealand. 3040 nautical miles.My eldest daughter anhusband were crew. They are commercial fisherfolk from North Queensland.
Missy, the Schipperke cross is also a veteran.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


We leave tomorrow the 2nd of December for our trip south to Stewart Island ans return. Down the East coast and up the West coast.We plan on stopping and playing tourist and exploring Captain Cook,s route. We have a full load of diesel on of 1850 litres.
Will post the odd foto here, but  daily on Facebook-Gary J. Underwood join me there....

Sunday, November 8, 2015


picked this up from BOAT BITS web site the other day and it caught my eye as a very clever use of space. Four berth 20ft canal cruiser, tho would be a bit crowded with four on a wet day. Maybe a couple wiyh overnite guests.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Pretty sure I posted a foto of Meola befor . But now for sale. View more details on WWW,

Friday, September 11, 2015


At Whangaparpara, Great barrier Is. Been on the beach here for at least 12 years. The tide goes in and out now, so I guess she will stay!


I know not much to do with Mason Bay. But trying a new upload! Bear with me please.
It is/was a 1929 Ford Model A Tudoor. Bought for 20 pounds with my mate in 1967 I think.We drove to Auckland from here in Wellington in Jan for the NZ Grande Prix. 400 m each way.