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, December 1, 2015


We leave tomorrow the 2nd of December for our trip south to Stewart Island ans return. Down the East coast and up the West coast.We plan on stopping and playing tourist and exploring Captain Cook,s route. We have a full load of diesel on of 1850 litres.
Will post the odd foto here, but  daily on Facebook-Gary J. Underwood join me there....

Sunday, November 8, 2015


picked this up from BOAT BITS web site the other day and it caught my eye as a very clever use of space. Four berth 20ft canal cruiser, tho would be a bit crowded with four on a wet day. Maybe a couple wiyh overnite guests.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Pretty sure I posted a foto of Meola befor . But now for sale. View more details on WWW,

Friday, September 11, 2015


At Whangaparpara, Great barrier Is. Been on the beach here for at least 12 years. The tide goes in and out now, so I guess she will stay!


I know not much to do with Mason Bay. But trying a new upload! Bear with me please.
It is/was a 1929 Ford Model A Tudoor. Bought for 20 pounds with my mate in 1967 I think.We drove to Auckland from here in Wellington in Jan for the NZ Grande Prix. 400 m each way.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


Emma Galdman was one of the two Alice Alakwes built on Marthas Vineyard. Emma had a stayed H28  rig. Here she is in the Carribean in happier times. Lost in mid Atlantis some years ago. Sad.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


For sale nz$175k Gardner diesel, ownd by Shipwright and in perfect order.Located Bay Of Islands NZ


Always liked this little deadrise sharpy.Some may even call her a scow.28 feet or so with a cosy cabin with more or less headroom.Motor up forward in the foc'sle.For sale in the Bay of Islands NZ.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Back in 1978 I sailed to Tasmania in a 56ft yacht called UTIEKAH 111 which I had restored in NZ .Robyn and I decided to settle in Tassie and found a 108 ac Island called Huon Is at the mouth of the Huon River. We sold UTIEKAH and in part payment we aquired CASILDA the last sailing wet-well crayboat and a 42 pot licience.I fished with Chas as skipper around the south and west coasts, setting pots from a 14ft al dinghy.Later sold to 2 brothers for $A26k.
B and I visited Tasmania a few years ago and spied her in Constitution Dock for sale.$A365k.The pot licience had been sold for 3.5mil.! oh well I have done a few things in the meantime.
I must say she was in very good condition.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SPINDRIFT  Not sure if I have posted this new design of mine befrore. 10 m ocean capable low powered motor boat. Aft wheelhouse, in fact the passages are all conned from aft. There are 2 sea berths,a galley and chart table. forward of the well deck is the luxurios in port accommodation with shower toilet and double berth. Sheet ply construction. Power is 36 hp on 3.14 red.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tacking dual the day after the Waikare regatta. Near is LUDIQUE 28ft schooner and SHANTY 28ft yawl.Opua in the background.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Been out cruising since the beginning of December. Now back in port for resuply.Had both daughters and Husbands and two lots of guests from USA.The new waychdog is MISSY a schipperke cross with a bichon.Richie calls her his Covergirl! Mason Bay going perfectly.Even solved one small annoying leak.