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.....

Monday, April 30, 2012



Just to keep you all up with the play here are a couple of general deck shots,showing how things are progressing
Getting close to shakedown cruise down the harbour-maybe in a couple of weeks?
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Sunday, April 29, 2012


Did a swap the other day at the local scrap man. I had been collecting lead in various forms from freinds for ages so nI could replace the 1.8 t of scap iron that rusts away in the bilges and makes a terrible mess.I tried to get an in on a big pot and gas burner but in the end decided to do the deal at the scrappies.
I took in 326kg which they bought for $1.5/kg and added $220 and got 260kg in nice 20kg ingots.$3.00/kg What a deal now have to figure a way to strap them down.
Still short about 500kg- anyone got some for sale?
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Friday, April 27, 2012



This is the classic QUEST hauled in Whangarei last week. Looking good, but serious problems down aft.Looks like a new keel has been bolted on after the original has been sawn off.You can see right thru! So no rebate for the garboard. Been covered with tingles for years. hard one to fix. Any ideas?Guess it will be patched up as cost lots of dollars to fix properly. ....
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012



Hi everybody.. Back in the bloggers seat again! So here are the shots of rigging the MASON BAY. All went ok and we all like the look with the rig...
now working on the spars then sails.
By golly nearly ready for a trip down harbour.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012


Sorry for the delay. The main laptop got a cold! Well it was going slower and slower. So it is with a friend getting fixed we hope. Meantime gopt this notebook,which is really my chartplotter up and running.

But last friday the masts went up, so soon will post fotos.....

Monday, April 9, 2012


Have the rigging bench nearby and am completing all the lower end sockets. Guess Then have to dress the masts. VHF arial,steaming light,halyards etc.
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Friday, April 6, 2012


I have not been up for a while. Days of contiuos rain, so have been on the drawing board. I have a client that wants a lo-power motor launch,10m and to average 3 nm per litre of diesel on a 3cyl 30 hp motor. Capable enough for local passages and even a trip up the Islands. Husband and wife team.
I guess you can figure it out. Helm and passage berths aft. Midship hold, engine room and well deck. Forward in port double berth and ablutions. Max displacement 5tons.
Been working on the flat water numbers and get 6.5 kts at 2 lit /hr - slightly better than the 3 m/l
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Sunday, April 1, 2012



Offered up the two masts to get the lengths of the 9 stays. Now ashore again and this week, weather permitting, will put the sockets on the lower ends, ready for the final erection. Must say she looks a lot better with the sticks in!
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