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, 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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Friday, October 12, 2012


Now have our little MP3 player connected up wirelessly thru the radio. Now we can listen to our music as well as the COCERT PROGRAMME!..
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012



Now installed is an old SSB radio. Very famous "Lunchbox" Codan 35w. Also run is the copper strap earth down the post and dissapering into the bilge. Came with a whip arial and the rig seems to tune up well.
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Saturday, October 6, 2012



We have sewn together all the squabs finally. The material is not flash-$4 a metre cotton island prints from Arthers Emporium.
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Friday, October 5, 2012


Just locating the outside sink on the verandah. good for washing hands or FISH .May locate a 20lit plastic container over with a tap as an easy answer,
I can refill the container from the roof.
Also installed a hand bilge pump in the same area-- but cannot get it to lift! It has a foot valve but still nogo.More thought needed- ah well win some ,lose some! 
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


My friend, John T came across some off-cuts of this marvelous material.Thin double faced aluminium enameled faces on a 5mm resin core. I chose the red over the yellow and spent a day dissconecting all the wiring at the rear and refitting all the guages. Much improved and a lot stronger than the cement board that was there.
Very easy to use. You can cut it with saw, plane it with a plane , sand it with sandpaper...
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