Piwakawaka - a fantail
Piwakawaka is the Maori word for the Fantail, a tiny bird
known to all New Zealanders for its friendly fluttering when
you walk through the bush and this, from Stuart Reid, a small
plywood fantail launch in the style of the old workboats common
at the turn of the century is a friendly dayboat intended
for lakes, rivers or harbours.
She is small enough to slip onto a trailer for those expeditions
to the “Trad” or “Steam Society” events.
Originally designed for a small (4-6 hp) stationary petrol
engine hidden away in a dummy boiler which is included in
the plans, she is eminently suitable for the real thing, and
if you wish to build her as a showcase for a small steam engine,
you could take a leisurely approach, setting the fire, raising
steam pressure and listen to the quiet rythmn of the steam
engine chuffing as you move out.
If you have ever heard the marvellous tones of those whistles
fitted to steamers you’d certainly opt for the latter.
The first Piwakawaka built was equipped with a W D Crombie
designed 2.5 single cylinder double acting steam engine with
Stephenson link reverse gear and a vertical tube, wood staved,
coal fired 100 psi operating pressure boiler that the builder
had built himself.
Her beautifully finished red and varnished hull is a perfect
match for the tiny jewel of an engine.
Easily built but with real grace Piwakawaka could be real
fun for an enthusiast or someone with a bit of cheek and a
twinkle in their eye.
Plans prices include packaging and an
allowance for surface freight. If you would like a faster
means of delivery we can send by courier or airmail at extra
cost. All credit card sales are in New Zealand Dollars.
If you pay by check, you may use the price in your prefered
currency as below.
Note that we sell sails and are pleased
to quote a freight inclusive price to anywhere in the world,
we have tan or white, the sails come with sailbag, one reef
and are completely ready to go. Prices fluctuate slightly
so we prefer to quote each sail as the demand arises but
you can bet that we are competitive even with the freight