Cleone

CLEONE
photos & details ex Ken Ricketts. edited by Alan H
Cleone is thought to have been built in the 1950’s by Jim Young to a Couldrey design & her current owner Bruce Orborn believes she was the first launch that Jim Young built. Her specs are 30′ long by 10′ 6″ beam. She presently has a 4 cyl 72 hp Ford Diesel, which may be original. Orborn has owned her for approx 15 years & bought her off a Mr Stubbs who had her he believes for about 8 years & who had bought her off people called Armitage, who apparently bought her off the original owner Bert Follas.

Orbon commented that she spent some of her early life in Whakatakataka Bay & was using one of the sheds in the bay in her earlier years. She later moved to Devonport, during this period the present owner, first went out on her aged 10 yrs, with his family, who were friends of the Follas’s.
Cleone later moved to Milford Marina where she has been moored for all her life under the Stubbs & Orborn stewardship.

Anyone able to confirm the design/build details & add to the history of Cleone?

Harold Kidd Update

Arnold (Bill) Couldrey designed CLEONE for Bert Follas in 1948 and had her built by Jim Young a little later, probably launched in 1950. She originally had a petrol engine, later replaced with a Ford diesel. Follas owned her until about 1963 when M. Alison of Waitangi Rd, Onehunga bought her. John Grainger owned her from 1975 to 1987. I have a bunch of pics during his ownership. John Stubbs bought her in 1989. His story was that CLEONE was the first boat Jim Young built when he came out of his apprenticeship because she was the size of his shed.

New photos added 14-06-2015. Alan H

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  1. The following is an excerpt from the NZ Herald about Jim Young on 21.4.03 titled “Beauty With A Purpose” by Robin Bailey. — I quote
    ” Back home he went into partnership with Jack Taylor at Onehunga, building dinghies and small yachts. He also worked on the 54ft Leda, being built privately at Northcote. By 1949 he was dedicated to racing and built the X-Class White Heather. In it he won the Sanders Cup that year, one of only two boats to finish a regatta raced in horrendous conditions.
    The groundwork was now firmly in place and Young branched out on his own in Birkenhead. First order was Cleone, a 30ft launch designed by Bill Couldrey who, along with L. Francis Herreshoff was to have a big influence on Young’s development.”
    End of quote
    So it would seem virtually certain that CLEONE was indeed built in 1950– KEN R

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  2. PPS Bert Follas had CLEONA MAE built by Brin Wilson in 1962, last heard of a couple of years ago in Tauranga.

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  3. PS Isn’t that Bruce OBORN who owns her now? The Oborns and Follases would have known each other well, being Takapuna/Milford yachting families of long standing.

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  4. Arnold (Bill) Couldrey designed CLEONE for Bert Follas in 1948 and had her built by Jim Young a little later, probably launched in 1950. She originally had a petrol engine, later replaced with a Ford diesel. Follas owned her until about 1963 when M. Alison of Waitangi Rd, Onehunga bought her. John Grainger owned her from 1975 to 1987. I have a bunch of pics during his ownership. John Stubbs bought her in 1989. His story was that CLEONE was the first boat Jim Young built when he came out of his apprenticeship because she was the size of his shed.

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