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.....

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Took day off and went with PK and Toti to the Mahurangi regatta to launch their PENOBSCOTT 14. Sails and rows well...
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Friday, January 27, 2012


Installed the breather for the diesel day tank up on the wheelhouse roof-I call it the top deck, B calls it the 'copter pad!

Mason Bay now fully taken up and I sponged out the bilges this morning so lets see....
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


A small detail I would like to point out is the 1/2in or 12mm hole bored in the tops to a depth of 1/2 in to hold a squirt of linseed oil to feed the post. It stops shaking and cracking as it soakes down the end grain...
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Monday, January 23, 2012


Think that is what they are called. They are water troughs for the range flue and MIRO stove below in the evening saloon. Just back from the galvanizers....
By the way M.B. has just about 'taken up'! what started as a pump of 70secs every 4mins is now down to 20secs every 9hrs so pleased about that .Always tricky doing a partial caulk not to overdo it as can break ribs...
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Friday, January 20, 2012


Back in the drink again after 20 months! Leaking a bit as she takes up but now into 2nd day and down to 1/20th of the first hour.Floats nice and high but lots to go in yet, like 1.5t diesel,.8t water 2t lead ( still on the hunt for more?) masts and rig.
Thanks to all the lookers,esp the ones from Russia!.....
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Beryl, without whose help I would be lost!
Painter of pictures as well as boats!

Big day tomorrow for Mason Bay. Back in her element and in great shape after 20 months in the infirmary!
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Monday, January 16, 2012


Waterline and antifouling- first coat today. We will see how close we are when launched. There has been many changes!....
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Sunday, January 15, 2012


Container in process of being tugged aside by Murray's big loader.The walkway on the left will be pulled down and the stairs stabalised and moved aside...
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Saturday, January 14, 2012


Saturday today and we pulled down the workshop over the container. Tomorrow will pull the container to the side to enable the trolly to be pushed under the cradle Tuesday...
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Friday, January 13, 2012


Lift off fore hatch all done and dusted. So are now weatherproof
Still re-launching next Wednesday 18th,.....
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Thursday, January 12, 2012


Got the sampson posts all bolted in and filled ready for touch-up paint. Made individual 3/8 copper bolts with 316 UNC nuts on inside and rivitted head on outside. Will use 2 10mm galv coach bolts thru deck to clamp below. Need these done ready to tie her up after re-launching. Still on target for Wed 18th...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Painting continues. Sampson posts have all been bolted in. Fore hatch made. SO we are weatherproof. Still have to finish installing the sender for the depth sounder...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012


The steering wheel now finally installed, complete with chain adjuster behind the panel, Laminated a new wooden rim on =remember?- to eliminate being caught up when on autopilot...
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Monday, January 9, 2012


Well actually it is the air intake for the motor in a 'dorade' form to allow air but no water! Also a nice place to sit. Its been suggested a seat belt would be apropriate.......
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Sunday, January 8, 2012


Installed the combing to the top deck access hatch. Hatch will come later. Cabintop or top deck now has 2 coats of 'Jotun' primer and is waiting for deck paint.
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Saturday, January 7, 2012


This is the first of the 6 sampson posts to be installed before launching. Need to be able to tie the boat up! Two amidships, 2 on each stern quarter. and 2 up forward on the shoulders.(as reccomended by Ian[Souvenir]) They are only glued in place now but will have 2 copper bolts each later.
Re-launching in 1 1/2 weeks........
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Friday, January 6, 2012


This is the steering chain adjuster- see the slotted holes?But I mounted it on the rear of the panel, with the bolt heads set in epoxy. Russell will remember making this in Bluff!
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Thursday, January 5, 2012


Built the raised plinth for the range. Need to look for a few tiles sometime. Meanwhile, painting ,painting....

Note: Re-launching, pm, 18th Jan at Norsand boatyard!
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