The Owaka River-based Portland - the last hold scow boat in New Zealand - looks to be on its way to Auckland.
Owner Laurie Mathieson said negotiations were continuing, but he was keen to have it moved and give responsibility for the boat to someone else.
He did not have the time to maintain it and his father, Ray, was getting older.
The Portland, based near Pounawea, is a boat without a keel and particularly suited to river sailing.
Scows were used during World War II in the Pacific but many of them never returned.
The Portland was built of kauri and traded around Auckland until 1932 when it came to Nelson.
It worked between Nelson and Wellington for more than 40 years and now fitted with two diesel engines for power, even though it was originally a sailing ship.
The Portland was bought by Ray Mathieson, Laurie's father, who lived at Katea in the Catlins.
The historical aspect appealed to the Mathiesons as Pounawea had been a busy port and fishing area with eight fishing trawlers working there in the 1940s.
The Portland was the subject of media flurry more than 10 years ago when it was put on the market.
It did not sell and residents have enjoyed its extra time at Pounawea.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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