’ A Pilot boats working life for me, just as long as I was home for tea !’

Lets just hope my photography is better than my poetry….lol ! I can tell you now, the above didn’t make sense, it was very rarely we were home in time for tea.
This is the ’ Waitemata ’ one of two Pilot boats operated by the Ports of Auckland in New Zealand. She was also my office for the last three and a half years as skipper before I retired from the Company.
A few statistics :
Built 1990.
Aluminium construction, built locally in Auckland from an Australian design.
Propulsion : Two MAN diesel engines coupled to two wave piercing propulsion units give a top speed of 32 knots using 138 ltrs of fuel per hour, now reduced to 28 knots at 109 ltrs an hour approx owing to the cost of fuel.
The hull is part trimiran at the bow and catamaran at the stern. This leaves a large flat area under the hull which creates lift and gives her speed and the lack of wash. The ’ rooster tail ’ effect is caused by the surface piercing units, the tip of the propellors actually break the surface, hence their name.

Photograph taken of the ’ Waitemata ’ after putting the Pilot onto the cruise ship ’ Dawn Princess ’ on the 8th Feb. 2012.

Lumix GH2 at 140mm, 1/800, f/5.8, aso160, mode manual.
From a single RAW image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 3 years ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    I like this, container ship, pilot boat and tugs – very nice indeed

  • Thank you Kala – you have just won first prize for observation….lol ! Not too many people would have picked that as a container ship. I was rapt to see some of my old work boats all in one place.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 3 years ago

    Nice shot Roy, you must have some great boat pictures xx

  • Thank you Lynn – yes I have but not as many as I would have liked. Two reasons for that – when I was in the Merchant Navy and the Pilot boats, digital photography wasn’t around and a lot of the time I was hanging on with both hands… !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 3 years ago

    A wonderful capture dear Roy, and lovely memories for you.x

  • Many thanks Catherine. Re lovely memories, there certainly were but then I think back on all those times when I was wandering home in the early hours of the morning and was asleep when my children were up and about, I did miss them growing up.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Thank you also for the favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • tunna
    tunnaalmost 3 years ago

    Great image Roy.Well done

  • Many thanks Tunna – both for the kind comments and the favourite ! Must admit, after years on a sixty three ft wooden Pilot boat I didn’t think the fast boat would be as good but strangely she was a good, safe boat.

    – Roy Massicks

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    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

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  • Thank you Andrea.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajalmost 3 years ago

    Great capture Roy.
    Two MAN diesel engines coupled to two wave piercing propulsion units give a top speed of 32 knots using 138 ltrs of fuel per hour, now reduced to 28 knots at 109 ltrs an hour approx owing to the cost of fuel. WHAT THE ….

  • Thank you Myra for your kind comments. That cost of fuel, it’s still cheaper to run one fast boat that can do all the work than like the old days, with two boats, two crews. The second boat now is just kept as a stand-by in case no one boat is out of service or on survey !

    – Roy Massicks

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    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...almost 3 years ago

    ☻/ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ ˚ .ღ 。
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    / \ ˚. ★ ˛ ˚♥ ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★Wonderful capture nice clarity and detail nice focus and framing wonderful colour Nicely done and presented hugs Nice write up

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comments and favourite Rapture.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome action capture.

  • Many thanks Julie for your kind comments. From my ’ office ’ ( Pilot boat ) I had one of the best views in NZ !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Maree Cardinale
  • Thank you so much for the feature Maree – I am honoured ! Roy

    – Roy Massicks

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