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, March 20, 2013


Richie has forwarded from USA all his photos taken with his Canon D800!A few will be posted over time.
I am taking off again till 15th April as the marina here in Whangarei is full with someone in our slip.They are all busy getting ready to go back up to 'the ISLANDS'
Posted by Picasa

Sunday, March 17, 2013



I came across this motor yacht on a mooring at Kawau Is. during our cruise.I hardly recognised her!
The mods are subtle but to my eye have completely ruined a classic Motor Yacht.
Designed by Laurent Giles
Built by Max Carter 1966
loa 64ft 10in,lwl 59ft 9in, beam 16ft 5in, draft 4ft6in, disp 27.5tons.
original power twin 370hp Cummins
Posted by Picasa



Brothers of The Coast held their annual fishing expedition on Mason Bay. We did not actually kill them but got enough snapper for a lovely raw fish salad marinated and served in coconut milk.
Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 15, 2013


Watson, our 12yr old schipperke passed away after a summer-long fight with liver cancer.

Back at Home Anchorage for the Brothers of the Coast fishing competition on 16th.
Hoping to return to Bay of Islands after for the last of this wonderfull summer...
Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 12, 2013



Our old friend from USA spent a few weeks with us on the Mason Bay. He took 500 so here are a few!
Posted by Picasa

Sunday, March 10, 2013



Out at Gt. Barrier Is. we visited Brian down at Tryphena. He is a collector of nautical items,dinghies (8) Lister motors, tools ( look at the lovely pedstal hand drill!)There are 4 seperate workshops/ stores.
Great Barrier Island is 43nm se of Whangarei and 50nm ne of Auckland and has about 800 residents.
The view from his galley looks over the anchorage-nice cup of tea to end a 4hr visit...
Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 8, 2013



Detail quick shots of the Shoestring design "FOOTPRINTS"
Posted by Picasa


Back in Whangarei- three months cruise done-747 NM and here is the first thousand miles done since refit. The only problem was a loose wire to rev counter, easily fixed.
The last passage was interesting. Was from Gt. Barrier Is. to whangarei -43nm.7 hours, but what was more interesting was the fuel consumption - 28.8 lt !
This was due to carrying the jib and mainsail in 20kts southerly, a beam reach in knobbly seas. 6.3kts but revs reduced to 1100, then 1250. Usually run at 1500.Our usual consumtion for this passage is 39 to 40 litres.
Posted by Picasa