Six Months in a Leaky Boat

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"Six Months in a Leaky Boat"
Six Months In A Leaky Boat.jpg
Single by Split Enz
from the album Time and Tide
B-side "Make Sense of It"
Released 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop, rock
Length 4:21
Label Mushroom Records
Writer(s) Tim Finn
Split Enz singles chronology
"Dirty Creature"
"Six Months in a Leaky Boat"
"Never Ceases to Amaze Me"

"Six Months in a Leaky Boat" is a single from New Zealand art rock group Split Enz's album Time and Tide. It was written by Tim Finn and released as a single in 1982.

The song is a reference to the time it took pioneers to sail to Australia and New Zealand (hence the reference to "the tyranny of distance" - a history by Geoffrey Blainey), and a metaphor that refers to lead singer Tim Finn's nervous breakdown.[citation needed]

The song was "discouraged from airplay" in Britain during the Falklands crisis by the BBC for reasons of morale - it was thought that references to leaky boats was not appropriate during the naval action in the war.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" 4:21
  2. "Make Sense of It" 3:40

An introductory piece titled "Pioneer", written by Eddie Rayner, appears before the song on the Australian and New Zealand release of History Never Repeats - The Best of Split Enz. This track is not present on the American release. This track also forms an introduction to "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" on its original album release (on Time and Tide).


Music video[edit]

The video shows band members dressed in nautical gear as well as Maori performers practicing traditional Maori acts called poi.

Chart performance[edit]

The song entered the RIANZ New Zealand singles charts at number 31 on 13 June 1982, and peaked at number 7 for two weeks. It spent a total of 16 weeks in the top 40.[2]

Chart (1982) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] #2
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] #7
UK Singles Chart[5] #83
Canadian Singles Chart[6] #7



The song was voted the 5th best New Zealand song of all time in 2001 by members of APRA.


  1. ^ The Q Encyclopedia of Rock Stars by Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton, Dorling Kindersley 1999, page 938
  2. ^
  3. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W. (1993). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  5. ^ "UK Chart Stats". Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  6. ^ "RPM Canadian Charts". Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Cowie Recordings
  8. ^

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