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.....

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

XMAS TRIP 2012-1


Got Internet access here in Whangaroa briefly after the tail end of cyclone Evan. All ok aboard Mason Bay . . .
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Saturday, December 15, 2012


Beryl's little salad garden on the back deck.
Now in Bay of Islands, NE coast, North Island,NZ.
grteat spell of weather, tho cyclone up in the tropics we will have to keep an eye on... 
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Saturday, December 1, 2012



We thought that the deck saloon was a bit dark in the corner where the stove is. Also the elevation outside was not to my liking.
So in goes a 250mm dia fixed glass porthole.The difference inside is great and the boat looks better on the outsde - a win win.... 
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Thursday, November 29, 2012


Took my drafting stool down to Mason Bay the other day. Its the same height as the dinette seats , so thats one extra for dinner.
havge anew client coming today to talk about a new 12m fast cruising yacht, so may have to bring the stool back!
Still on schedule for departure next wednesday on Mason Bay. So posts may be a bit erratic for a few months.... 
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Zaffarancho 2012


I am a bit soft in the head this morning!
The Whangarei Table of the international fraternity The Brothers of the Coast had its annual knees up called a Zaffarancho.
We had 2 Brothers from the Normandy Table, and of course we had to put them thru the stocks- all in good fun of course.
A new Captain was elected, taking over from yours truely...
Great fun....

Great time.

Friday, November 23, 2012


You know all those necessary things that just scull about!
Also the 2 hand-held VHF's when one goes ashore as we only have one dinghy at present. Next year will build the main rowing dinghy..
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Not for the TV but for the occasional movie, also in the Evening Saloon.
The Dickenson heater is below and runs off the engine hot water,with 2  12 volt fans behind-half or full power. 
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Saturday, November 17, 2012



Gotta have some sounds!
This is a fairly cheap- at least on special- FM radio and cd player with an IPOD dock for our trusty 4gb Ipod. The sounds are not bad, the smaller places on a boat always seem to make better sounds.
It may not stay here, hence the slack wiring!
Planning on more bookshelves and a mantlepiece across this bulkhead in the Evening Saloon.  
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Thursday, November 15, 2012



While hauled out at NORSAND I paid a visit to Mason Bay's old shed.
You may remember I sold it to my shipwright and a mate, also a shipwright.
Now this is what I call a boatshed. Full of interesting stuff. Work on refurbishing the 18 ft punt is nearly done, while all hands will be on deck to start work on the Auckland Harbour workboat, that I think is nearly 100 yrs old!
Then it is the Spencer keeler..... 
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Sunday, November 11, 2012


Back in NORSAND boatyard to scrape and antifoul ready for our cruise.
There were plenty of oysters where we had sat in the mud for the first 4 months-remember?.....
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Bought this wall cabinet at the local auction house for $30 and we repainted it at home.It will be our first aid cabinet in the toilet room, and as you can see will stow 4 spare toilet rolls above damp level......
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Saturday, November 3, 2012



Cargo boom now rigged and waiting to load dinghy or any heavy cargo. Can run the fall to the warping drum on the hydraulic anchor winch. (after taking the chain off the gypsy)
Tried for ages to get a second-hand CRANSE IRON but in the end got a friend to weld 4 chain links onto a length of pipe. Will get it galvanised next year.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012



Helped the new owners of the 110 year old MOERANGI deliver her to new home port, Whangarei.
No problems and good weather made for a happy trip.
87 n.m. at 8 to 8.5 knots and about 1 litre per n.m.
Nice to be long and relatively narrow.
55ft by 12.5ft by 5ft6 and 22tonnes
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Friday, October 26, 2012



The Admiral has been busy organising the bedding for Mason Bay. We hope to depart end of November for 3 months on the coast over summer.
Summer has not arrived yet!
So we now have our own double bunk, a visitor's double bunk (Richie for you!) , and 2 single bunk sets, duvets, sheets, pillows.
Nothing like being prepared.....
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Finally got the hand bilge pump to suck up the 2 meters. There was a minute crack in the hose, so a new length sorted it . It has been a bit of a struggle to isolate the problem. But now have a fancy foot valve and strainer on the bottom!
the Admiral will be happy....
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Thursday, October 18, 2012



Used another of my deck prisms to shed some light to the the dim dark lazarette. Boy does it work!
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Sunday, October 14, 2012



You would not believe that this boat is 111 years old. Launched in 1901 at he Logan yard.
I held a friend's hand while he did the deal. We had a close scrutiny of the MOERANGI built using the triple skin system perfected by the Logans for their well known racing yachts, many of which still sail and race in the Hauraki Gulf today.
Launched originally as a schooner with a 20 hp motor to tow fishing boats out of a South Island port. Later was a ferry boat on Port Chalmer's waters,fishing boat and trawler, ending up as a charter fishing boat.
55ft by 12ft6in and 22 ton powered now by a 90hp 5L3 Gardner diesel and 2:1 Gardner gearbox. 8 lt/hr at 8 knts.
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