Converted Mackerel Trawler


Price
AU $44,000 Negotiable Finance
Currency
Length
26' 0" - 7.93m
Use
Family, Leisure, In-shore Fishing
Vessel Location
Avalon NSW Insurance
Year
1950
Hull Material
Timber

Nautilus Yacht Management is proud to introduce this wonderful little gentlemen's launch, or converted mackerel trawler, fully stripped an re-built over a period of 4 years and re-launched in 2004.

'Wainui' is a delightful timber launch originally built as a mackerel fishing trawler in the 1950's to trawl the coastal waters of NSW.
'Asta', as she was originally named. Was sold to HJ Lowell who owned her from 1965 to 1973 and used her with his family for regular fishing trips between Broken Bay, Pittwater, Brisbane Water, the Hawksbury River and often well out to sea.
In the 1970's 'Asta' was moved to Forster, where she continued her life trawling the coastal waters but slowly fell into disrepair.

In 2000, her current owners, a well known Pittwater family very much involved in the marine trade fell in love with her and brought her back to Sydney, where a very long and very thorough restoration project began. The little trawler was romantically renamed 'Wainui', a Maori word for 'Wide Water', the name of a New Zealand village where her owner grew up.

Over the course of the next 4 years, 'Wainui' was laid up on the hard, and completely stripped to her bare planks. Her decks came off, as well as cabin top, engine, shaft, rudder, sole, wiring, etc. Effectively going back to a shell. Built very well and very solidly of Canadian pine with tight ribbing, the hull itself had suffered very little damage over her years of hard fishing labour in all sorts of weather condition. The whole hull was re-caulked, treated and re-painted inside and out. New through-hull fittings were fitted, as well as new rudder bearings.

Meanwhile, the engine, which was still operational but showing some serious signs of ageing, was taken out for a full rebuild by Andrew Bain Marine (AJB Marine), was also stripped to the bare block, cleaned up, and re-assembled with all new parts, hosing, started motor, pumps, valves, exhaust system, bearings, shaft, prop, etc. Looking at the invoices, which were all religiously kept, one may wonder why not simply buying a new engine, but a Perkins 4236, favoured by fishermen's whose life depended on them, is well worth spending the money on. As they say 'They don't build them like this anymore'. The huge block is virtually indestructible, and will last forever if maintained as one should.

Once the hull itself was finished, the engine was once again installed on all new blocks and bearings. The shaft, gear box (also fully rebuilt) and exhaust were assembled, and new stainless steel fuel and water tanks purchased and installed. New hydraulic steering was purchased, as well as engine controls, alarms, etc. The wiring, which had all been stripped and thrown out, was replaced by BME.

With the engine and all new wiring in place, it was time for the new sole and cockpit floor to be put in. As for the deck, the owners chose beech with teak trimmings. Beech is a more traditionally used timber for fishing boat. It does not go dark or 'gummy', does not need oiling, does not splinter, is soft under four, and retain a beautiful pale silver colour. As with all timber, it loves salt water, and requires no maintenance other than a good sea-water splash as often as possible.

The bulkhead, which had also been removed, was replaced, with a new cabin, door, floor and interior. A new engine box was built, and the boat suddenly came together. 'The Wooden Boat Works' did a truly remarkable work, and 'Wainui' is certainly a pleasure to behold. In 2004, after 4 years of almost constant work, the boat was launched again and since meticulously looked after by her owners and family.

With her huge cockpit, ease of handling, beautiful finish and good range of electronics, this absolutely charming little launch is sure to instantly find a place of honour in your family and provide you with years of enjoyment on the water. This little timber cruiser is regrettably offered for sale after 17 years of loving ownership as her owners have decided to buy a camper van and set off on a long awaited journey around Australia.

Please call our friendly team to arrange for an inspection. Be quick! These boats are highly sought after and unfortunately rare to come by in such amazing condition.


Price
AU $44,000 Negotiable    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Wainui
Year
1950
Length
26' 0" - 7.93m
Beam
2.7m
Draft
0.8m
Vessel Location
Avalon Nsw
Region
New South Wales
Hull Material
Timber
Decks Material
Beech. Teak
Engine
Completely stripped and rebuilt engine and gearbox in 2004.
Engine Make
Perkins
Number Engines
1
Horsepower
80HP
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
7L per hour
Max Speed
12 knots
Cruise Speed
9 knots
Propulsion
Shaft. 3 blade bronze prop
Fuel
80L
Water
80L
Covers
Large battened sun awning. Windscreen cover.
Accommodation
Small cabin in the bow with toilet and ample storage.
Toilet
Marine toilet. Pump action.
Entertainment
Stereo
Galley
Small sink with pressurized water.
Ground Tackle
Plouh anchor
Bilge Pumps
Electric with float switch.
Electrics
12V. Alernator charging.

CONTACT DETAILS
Broker / Dealer
Nautilus Yacht Management
Telephone
Address
Careel Bay Marina
94 George Street
City / Suburb
Avalon
State
NSW
Country
Australia
Website


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