|A 1944 Staysail Schooner boat, currently moored at Wellington's Chaffers Marina, is up for auction with a starting price and reserve of just NZ$1.|
Following her divorce in 2015, Wanaka-based woman Fiona Campbell decided it was time to sell a 1944 Staysail Schooner she had bought for her former husband and start 2017 with one less thing to worry about.
Campbell said the vessel – known as Ruah – had been moored at Chaffers Marina in Wellington for too long and she hoped someone with a passion for boats would win the auction.
"It should be out there in some magic bay with a family on it having a great time."
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The listing has only been up a few days and has already attracted more than 5000 views and bids in the low six-figures.
While Campbell said the schooner has a lot of sentimental value and memories attached to it, she was ready to let it go for whatever price the auction ended at, hence the $1 reserve.
"I would love to get what she's worth but trying to assess the worth of the boat is hard. I just want to find her a good home for a good price."
Ruah is a long-distance cruising vessel that was designed and built for the Australian Navy in 1944 as a survey ship.
Over the past 15 years, Campbell said the boat had undergone an extensive "high-quality conversion to become a supremely capable and comfortable private yacht".
She hoped someone would get as much joy from the "approachable beauty" as she had during her four years of ownership.
"We used to anchor up at some beautiful spot and kayakers would come up to us and start a conversation, hop aboard and we'd give them a tour. It was pretty magic," Campbell said.
She was looking forward to not having to worry about the boat and hoped the auction winner would love it and keep it in good condition.
"She's like a fine wine, she gets better and better with age. If she's maintained she just gets more and more awesome, historic and lovely."
The auction closes January 16.