TURAKINA – Sailing Sunday

TURAKINA – Sailing Sunday
photos & detail ex Danvers Devereaux via Shane Anderson

Turakina is a very lucky boat, designed by Arnold ‘Bill’ Couldrey,  she started life being built in 1949 by Danvers uncle (Leo H Clarke) under his family home in Mt Eden. She is double skin kauri – 30′ / 8′ / 5′, the timber was actually a wedding gift.
Turakina is a sister ship to Tuirangi (C35). Bill Couldrey was a protege of Arch Logan. These 2 vessels look like clones of Tawera and Gypsy.

Leo sold her approx. 20 years ago, then 5 years ago Danvers found her for sale on trademe, in a very poor state, Danvers alerted his step-father Les & his pal Phil Rice to the sale & they jumped at the chance of getting her back. That was the 1st piece of luck, the 2nd was that her new owners chose Peter Brookes to do a complete 2 & 1/2 year restoration on her, the full monty –  from the keel up and cabin off.

The relaunch of Turakina featured on ww (link here)  https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/10/12/turankina/
Todays post shows some of the early build & sailing photos + her recent restoration. Enjoy 🙂


2 thoughts on “TURAKINA – Sailing Sunday

  1. Is she the one once owned by James of Moon Engines -or the one that Steve of Westhaven lived on 25 years ago?


  2. Wonderful to see her looking so stunning. I believe her sistership, TUIRANGI, is around the Mahurangi area, so wouldn’t it be great if they could race against each other again one day.
    The owners were good friends of mine in the 1940s, if they are up there looking down I’m sure they will be smiling. (edited by AH)


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