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, August 22, 2012



While in the Bay of Islands I came across Alice.
This is the boat I built in the Solomon Isands 1982, in a native village Tavuilo on Malaita Is.
A Herreshoff Lee board ketch- without the leeboards but with the draft increased to a whole 3' 8".
Her job, which she accepted, was to take Beryl and I around the world in the tradewinds.
No motor,no rigging, no wc or shower...
Went like a train with 3days of over 200 miles.
Came 12th out of over 200 boats in the second ARC race Canaries to Barbados.
55,000 miles and a couple ov masts- We lost both south of Fiji on the way home, but got to Opua unaided in 19days. Looking a bit unloved here and am advised could be bought........
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