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, November 26, 2013


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On the tow back from Auckland the other week we had some overheating issues in the exhaust trunking. I believe it was lack of ventilation.
So drilled and installed 4 copper vents under the mizen mast. I also vented the trunking in the loo up thru a large cowl vent on the cabin roof.
In addition I have been instructed to ensure the engine air inlet goes down to the bilges, so have installed a plywood duct in the engine room.
Time for testing....
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Monday, November 18, 2013



She paid a visit to Whangarei last weekend. It is great that a privately owne vessel can make a go of it carring crew, participating guets, and tourists and a bit of cargo!.
we went aboard for a snoop around..
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013



Found some 'Japara" ie linseed oil impregnated canvas cotton in a local disposal store for 10 bucks a meter. So we are sewing up 3 sail covers... 
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Saturday, November 9, 2013



Just got back from Auckland. A mate bought a 40ft concrete double-ended ketch down there. Did not trust the rig or motor so I towed it up to Whangarei. Took 70 hours round trip, 174nm and 186 liters of diesel at about 4knots.
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