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  • Kuparu has a new look

      8 February 2021
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    Kuparu has had a month out from mid November to Mid December 2020, with maintenance work, including a large repair on the aft of thekeel due to wood worm gelling in. Sorted should keep the buggers out now.

    She has had a full sand down, top to keel, full repaint including a colour change to her Black Boat colours from her Navy fisheries protection days.

    So she still needs loads if help and support to keep her going, and ready for her big circumnavigation trip at the end of 2021, to early 2022 to show her off.

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  • 2020 Haulout

      10 November 2020
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    Kuparu is coming out for a tidy up and antifoul on the 17th November. She needs a clean up all over, as the marine paint we put on her has failed, and needs to be sorted.

    Also we are out of the town basin, Whangarei, due to the council turning the carpark into a water park...so no where to park..not helpful then they have removed some berths and now no room for Kuparu, along with prices doubling...So we are off to Marsden cove marina. Not a cheap exercise to save a piece of history.

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  • Knee surgery done

      31 August 2020
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    Hello all, As per earlier I had that I damaged my knee in December 2019, well after all of the Covid-19 challenges, I finally have had surgery. So all going well, I will be back to working on Kuparu in 6 - 8 weeks, if not sooner.

    She needs to be hauled out for her antifoul, and general tidy up very soon.

    Also Plans to take her around New Zealand and show her off in as many ports as possible is progressing. So planned time is the summer of 2021, 2022.

    Lots of work to be done before then.

    Thank you all for your support.

    Regards

    Scott

    HDML Kuparu

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  • No summer boating

      17 January 2020
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    Hi All. I managed to wreck my Knee just before Christmas. So no summer boating updates sorry. Also no work either with a leg up resting.

    The attached Picture was from her Navy days, in the Dockyard shed after a tiddly up from probably 100 men, or more. Oh to have those resources now!

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  • Whangarei

      25 March 2019
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    Kuparu is doing well in Whangarei town basin with lots of interest.

    Time to start some working bees to get that fonishing work done.

    Thank you all that have supported us so far.

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  • Kuparu now un Whangarei

      30 January 2019
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    Kuparu has now completed just under 1900nm as of late jan 2019. She went well with 8 weeks away on her . So she has proved herself.

    She is now located in the Whangarei Town Basin a lot safer and better for her than a swing mooring.

    Plans to do some open day and working bees coming up. So check out Facebook under HDML Kuparu for updates.

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  • Kuparu trips around Auckland

      11 May 2018
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    Well we have had a few trips out and about, but between work and School sports...bit hard at this time of year.

    We were out mid week as a fundraiser for Plunket NZ. We were the support vessel for Sam Wallace from The Hits FM 97.4 Auckland. Great day out for all.

    We were at the Navy open day, only hosted every 4 years. With a few hundred through Kuparu it was a very busy but fun day.

    Working with a couple of groups to get some Navy and ex navy personel out for a trip. Especially excited to get some "Old Salts" out. Get them out of their rest home for something from their youth.

    Keep updated on Fecebook under HDML Kuparu.

    So keep an eye out for us on the Auckland harbour, and wave out, or even come for a ride.

    Thank you all for your support.

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  • Kuparu made it around Cape Reinga

      12 March 2018
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    Kuparu made her trip through the Kaipara bar, and up the West Coast. Then around the cape, and is currently in Whangarei. She is booked in for the Navys open day, on Saturday 24th March, at the Devonport Naval base. Love to see you there.

    Come and see how far she has come, along way to go still to be in showroom condition, but she is 75 years old this week.

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  • Weekend away

      20 January 2018
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    Had a few days away in Kuparu. Sea trials getting rid of issues from sitting all of those years.

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  • HDML Kuparu Antifoul on

      30 November 2017
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    Well things are progressing, First antifoul on, new cutless bearings, engines and grearboxes run, IKY Genset started, upper decks getting some paint on, Fuel and water tanks rebuilt. its all coming together .

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  • Sanding ready for Antifoul

      20 August 2017
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    Been working hard on preping the hull. Port side all stripped back below the waterline ready for Antifoul primer. Starboard side about 1/3 to half done. Hard work on the arms.

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  • 20th June 2017

      20 June 2017
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    Working down the Starboard side. There is alot of sanding there for one person! :-) All re screwed calked and puttied. Just past midships, so getting there.

    I have somone now to move her hopefully in September. So I need some help. Estimated $15k-$18k to get her in the water. Who out there wants to see her in the water, that can help Kuparu.

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  • June 2017

      14 June 2017
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    Port side now re done above the water line and top coat on. working down the starboard side.

    Sorry about the lack of updates. Our internet is very slow, and this sight is even slower to upload to.

    Facebook is kept mostly up to date as I can do it from my phone.

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  • March 2017

      26 March 2017
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    Kuparu is progressing well. All rot removed and rebuilt in top decks and superstructure. Most of the Superstructure has a top coat of paint on. Aft cabins back together, but needs final finishing work. Forward cabins just awaiting final finishing work. Started working on the port engine , stripping back for a full service and a repaint. Hull is coming along, found rot in the diagonal planking underneath, so stripped back to the ribs and rebuilt. Better than new.

    Sorry for the late updates for those that are not on Facebook. Facebook gets all of the regular updates, as can be done from my phone. As the internet at home is beyond useless. :-)

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    • 26/03/2017 by Scott

      I have also added more photos to the Gallery.

  • More Pictures

      26 November 2016
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    Sorry our twisted wire network cant handle too many pictures.

    Non techno wiz here, bloody photo has gone on the side, it is a view of the side decks and port holes> Trist your head on the side...

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  • November update ...late sorry

      26 November 2016
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    Been so busy on the boat, I've missed the updates. Facebook page is mostly up to date. Progress is going well, with all of the ribs and some stringers replaced aft of the engine room. Deck replaced aft of engine room, and all of stern. Now all glassed over, and undercoat on. Port holes went back on Friday 25th Nov. So now she is all water tight down aft.

    New planking going on in a soft area on the port side.

    Please check out Facebok under HDML Kuparu for more updates.

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  • Starting on the port side

      6 September 2016
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    6th September, starting to remove rotten boards down the port side, upper deck.

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  • Working around the front of wheelhouse

      6 September 2016
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    Making progress

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  • Starbord upper decks

      2 September 2016
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    2nd September and most of starboard side been removed and replaced above the deck. Rot removed, new planking and marine ply, ready to drill the holes for the port holes to go back in. New glass ordered for the wheelhouse to replace the cracked ones.

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  • new tarps on

      14 August 2016
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    Put two poles up and wire running length of boat. put tarps over to keep water off, and allow ventilation through and over the boat

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  • Old tarps removed

      14 August 2016
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    Friday 12th August, old tarps removed, as nailed down to deck and trapping water in, no ventilation.

    Both engines now running.

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