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.....

Saturday, September 28, 2013



Back on Mason Bay, we are recovering the saloon squabs and remaking the sleeping cabin ones. remember I only fitted temporary ones 2 years ago! This seriously strong fabric and should last for years.....
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Saturday, September 21, 2013



Primed, undercoated and now top coating. Same colours as Mason Bay. (plenty left!)
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Now we have the locations of the rower, the rowlock mounts are fitted in place and bored and inserts mounted. Note the primer is on internally, readt for undercoat.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013



Blogger did not upload fotos - so here they are...
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Dinghy launched in the Whangarei river.
Impressions are that she moves easily, not sensitive to fore and aft trim, and looks great to my eyes!
I have about 360 hours in her, so not a quick build. I once built a SURF in 26hrs painted. They are about the same lenght but this one is 60% larger volume.
Costs are hard to pin down as I had the cedar, glue powder and filler powder. There is 30lt of epoxy tho. and a couple of hundred bucks of cloth. Weight maybe 80kgs?
Now back in workshop for rowlocks and lifting eyes and painting and oiling....

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Fitted the electric outboard and battery ready for trial launching.
Need to put it in the water to see where she balances with various loadings for the rowlock positions.
maybe tomorrow? 
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Thursday, September 5, 2013


Cut the deck hatches for the dinghy and glued combings. The forward one is for the battery for the electric outboard. The two side ones for jolly lifejackets that are getting mandatory, never mind that the dinghy has 4 flotation chambers. I'm staying with the boat mate!
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Monday, September 2, 2013


The side decks are glued in, together with the aft seat. Hve tried to fall the seats to shed water without being prominant. Ready for glass taping tomorrow.
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