Hull: Triple-planked kauri. Deck: Kauri, teak and epoxy. Ballast Material: Lead. Ballast Weight: 20,000 lbs.
The deck is spacious and uncluttered with 6-11 inch bulwarks. The 4-in.-wide rubrail with bronze trim allows for easy docking. The outside steering station with original bronze wheel is aft and to starboard of the pilothouse and offers excellent visibility. Large lazarette with teak hatch and bronze mushroom vent. Silicon bronze chain plates. Ahead of pilothouse 10-ft.-wide seat with closed-cell upholstered cushions, stowage including propane underneath. Entire top of aft cabin trunk is fitted with closed-cell sunning cushions.
Hull design is based on lifeboat hulls developed on the West coast of Scotland at the end of the 19th century. The kauri double diagonal interior plus horizontal outside planking provide enormous strength; the deck is 7/8" kauri with 1 1/8" teak on top; this was treated with penetrating epoxy and Awlgripped; it does not leak. Her hull is tan and her bottom is black with an Alerin Green boottop.
Engine room occupies the entire space under the pilothouse. Access to the engine room is four different ways: from the outside cockpit hatch, the inside aft lifting stairs and two entries from the pilothouse/salon sole. Easy access plus the enclosed engine room permits work which does not disturb guests. The Cummins engine was rebuilt during the winter of 2004/2005 by an authorized Cummins service shop (rebuild includes a new warranty), at which time, the engine was re-painted the original Cummins white and the engine room was re-built to include new sound-deadening material.
250-hp Cummins NH 6-cyl. diesel (rebuilt 2005 by authorized Cummins service rep.; very few hours since rebuild). 2 1/2" Monel prop shaft, Lasdrop neoprene/Teflon shaft seal with water injection. Paul Luke three-bladed feathering prop with cutters (rebuild in 2000 included prop, bearing box, and new cutlass bearing to accommodate new cutters). Spare propeller. Twin Disc transmission. Racor fuel filters; 1 primary, 2 secondary.
Max Speed: 8 kn., Cruise Speed: 6-7 kn., Range: 1700 under power
Fuel: 400 gals –stainless steel; Water: 400 gals –stainless steel.
The heart of MANAWA NUI is her pilothouse salon with a 360-degree view. Entering from sliding doors on either side, two steps down brings you into the 12'-x-9' space full of light and air provided by 2 side doors, one aft door, 2 sliding side windows, one forward opening window and one enormous roof hatch. The 1/2" Lexan windows are set in bronze frames. Aft starboard the exotic wood table seats 6; an extension permits 8 guests. Behind the L shaped settee that borders the table, a door leads to the outside helm. Aft to port is a settee and end table. Forward to port is a bar and TV cabinet; to starboard the interior helm with instruments and full chart table provides excellent visibility. Rosewood soles enrich the pilothouse salon ambience.
Continuing aft, down 3 steps toward the master stateroom you pass a "library" nook, repository for CDs, videos and books. Entering the master stateroom, to starboard is a spacious head featuring a large opening port, fan, lockers, a teak grate set in a tile floor, shower, toilet and porcelain sink, To port a pair of cedar lined hanging lockers precede a settee/berth. A free form desk built from the root of monkey wood is at the aft bulkhead. To starboard a queen size berth, safe, five lockers, and full-length mirror finish out this lovely room. Luxurious ventilation is provided by an opening hatch, five opening bronze ports and two Dorades. Two DC fans plus air conditioning are alternatives to fresh air. Portlights and prisms provide extra light. Soles are rosewood.
Four steps from the pilothouse salon portside lead down forward to the galley. Stove with oven, broiler and extractor is to port as is the large custom refrigerator and freezer, providing excellent work space above. Inboard deep double stainless steel sinks are set in a tile counter. There is a separate filtered water spigot as well as a saltwater, manual spigot (inactive). Eight kauri pine and cane faced lockers provide ample storage including fitted dish arrangement. Lighting and ventilation are excellent, enhanced by extra counter lighting, deck prism, opening hatch, portholes, fans and air conditioning.
The midship stateroom occupies the starboard side of the vessel; the entrance is through a walnut door, centerline, forward of the galley. Outboard is a large 3/4 berth with lockers and drawers below, a long bookshelf above. A black walnut desk and cabinet with a folding seat are at the foot of the bed. Air conditioning, an opening hatch, 2 opening portholes and prism provide good ventilation and light. An en suite head provides a sink, shower and a Pullman-type toilet that recesses into the partition, out of sight.
Entered from the galley, the forward stateroom is full width. To starboard are 2 staggered bunks. Reading lights, fans, shelves and lockers are available to each guest. To port is a settee between a pair of hanging lockers with a large shelf above. A hatch, Dorade vents, and AC provide excellent ventilation. Light is amplified by portlights and a deck prism. A full-length mirror is framed by the walnut door. Forward an ingenious double saloon door accesses the forward head with a sink, mirror and cabinet to starboard, toilet and lockers to port and a teak grate shower centerline.
Entered from the forward head or teak deck hatch, the crew cabin provides crew with a 7-ft. bunk to port, a shelf underneath, plus a mirror, fan and good lighting. To starboard two large shelves provide more storage.
In 2000 the entire rig was disassembled. Both masts were taken out of the boat to be painted, as were the booms. Rigging was surveyed and replaced as necessary. All work was supervised by a professional rigger.
Sails by Sperry: Main, mizzen, genoa
Main and mizzen masts are solid glued Sitka spruce, painted. Main boom is hollow Sitka spruce, painted; mizzen boom is aluminum, painted. Roller furling. Winches: (2) #46ST, (1) #40, (1) #10, (1) #7, (2) #22 halyard, Barlow (1) #30.
MANAWA NUI was designed and built for a New Zealander. Before being launched the yacht was taken over by the U.S. military forces and under the Lend Lease Program was used during WW II for service in the South Pacific. She carried secret agents, Coast Watchers, and served as Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's personal yachts. Eleanor Roosevelt stayed aboard during her 1943 visit to U.S. troops in the South Pacific. For these reasons, the U.S. Congress granted the yacht a waiver to the Jones Act in 1999 and thus she is a U.S.C.G. documented coastwise vessel.
When the present owners bought MANAWA NUI in 1996, she was in excellent condition having just completed a total rebuild by the last owner. He removed all interior joinery and the sound kauri was milled for reuse. Kauri pine is a protected New Zealand wood and considered one of the world's finest boat building materials. All MANAWA NUI's planks are original and sound. During the rebuild, all seams were routed out and re-caulked, the stem and horn timbers were replaced, through-hulls replaced. When the seams were open and had aired, about fifty gallons of a copper based wood preservative were applied; the deck had the same procedure, then was treated with two part penetrating epoxy. The entire boat, inside and out, was scraped and sanded to bare wood. The interior cabinetry was rebuilt, using the precious kauri pine where possible. Through out the vessel there are exotic woods from South America, which contrast with the honey colored kauri.
An indication of the yacht's strength is how MANAWA NUI survived the Class V hurricane Andrew. The previous owner rode out the storm aboard using the engine to maintain her position in Coconut Grove, Florida marina. The yacht was directly in the eye of the storm and wind speed reached 165 mph, the tide was 12 ft. above normal. The vessel sustained some damage to the rubbing strake and pulpit; she was one of two boats to survive in the marina—the other was a steel fishing boat.
MANAWA NUI was awarded First Prize in the 1999 Concours d'Elegance at the Antigua Classic Regatta. The yacht has been successfully established in the charter business since 1997 in the Caribbean and New England. Her present owners have always maintained her in a first-class professional manner.
The yacht has many unique qualities, but perhaps the most interesting is the mixture of her classic design with great practicality. She is strong, handsome, unique, easily maintained, comfortable to live aboard in all climates. MANAWA NUI sails and powers well, attracts the attention of knowledgeable sailors everywhere she cruises.
MANAWA NUI is an exemplary yacht, very well built of the best materials. Triple-planked hulls of this type are not the norm, but yield a very strong hull with more available interior volume than a traditional plank or frame hull. Kauri and iron bark woods are very strong and rot resistant woods. MANAWA NUI has a unique history having served as Admiral Halsey's yacht during the campaign in the Pacific in World War II and having hosted Eleanor Roosevelt.