Matanga was purchased in 2013 by Paul & Brenda Bidmead who
had previously owned Myfanwy, built to HB's Bogle design.
A New Old Boat
Paul Bidmead has been in touch with the Association to hand on a collection of photographs and documents connected with his seven year custodianship of Myfanwy between 2008 and 2013. He was tempted away from Harrison Butler designed boats by Matanga, a classic that had been completely rebuilt at a cost of around £80,000. Paul paid a tiny fraction of this to secure what was, effectively, a new wooden boat at a bargain price.
Paul's still a member of the Association, and still a fan of Harrison Butler boats. He frequently attends the Plymouth Classic Boat Rally, and Falmouth Classics and so do say "Hello" should you spot him at either event in 2016.
Built : 1951 by Sussex SB Co Ltd, Shoreham 1951
LOA : 28' 6"
LWL : 21' 3"
Beam : 7' 8"
Draught : 5' 3"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 184125
Signal Letters : MBHQ
Matanga Custodians & Home Ports
Paul & Brenda Bidmead (2013-2016...) Falmouth
Bernie Yendell (2008-2013) Devonan, Cornwall
Cecil Venn (1972-1974-?) Plymouth
Anthony EB Standish & Cecil Venn (1967-1971) Plymouth
Anthony EB Standish (1964-1966) Plymouth
Colin Stanley (1963) Torquay
Capt AJ Cook RA(ret) (1959-1962) Poole
JR Herbert (1951-1958) Exmouth
Page last updated : February 2016