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, April 26, 2014


This wooden ferry is now in private hands, and for sale. But I remember her going back and forth between Russell and Paihia ( a couple of nautical miles) since before I first arrived in Russell in 1973 7 days a week and 12 return trips a day. Powered by a Gardner which was reconditioned once in 1977.I certainly would not use her for coastal cruising as her bilges are very 'hard' the hull only draws a couple of feet.The motion would be violent to say the least. A over 50 wooden boat retired to domestic servitude.
Here she is passing us on the way out of Whangarei harbour last December.

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