NZ Navy puts ultimate fishing vessel up for sale

"As-is where-is," the Navy says.
"As-is where-is," the Navy says. Photo credit: New Zealand Defence Force

For sale: one 43-metre NZ Navy ship. And if you're looking for the ultimate vessel to take your mates fishing, this could be it.

The Royal New Zealand Navy has announced the Manawanui has been put it up for tender, closing in three weeks.

The Manawanui was the Navy's diving and mine counter-measures support ship. It was commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1988 and decommissioned on 23 February 2018.

It comes with a triple-lock compression chamber and a wet diving bell if you're keen to go diving for crays. The 13.6-tonne crane means you'll be able to pull anything on board - and with a range of 5000 nautical miles, trawling for marlin will be no problem.

The vessel is up for sale "as a going concern, as-is where-is" alongside Devonport Naval Base, Auckland.

Lieutenant Commander Muzz Kennett told Stuff the ship already had garnered interest.

"I also know the Mayor of Thames-Coromandel is very keen to get her hands on the ship and sink it as a dive attraction somewhere out in the Hahei reserve," Lieutenant Commander Kennett said.

There's no word if the ship comes with its weapons, which include 50-calibre machine guns.