leilani 2


photos & details from Brian Candy

Retired commercial fisherman, Brian Candy told ww that his friend, Michael Hayes,  who owns ‘Leilani’, which was Bill Hall’s first game fishing boat, has been trying to find out more on the history of her. They believe that Leilani was built by Tabbet and Cardot but that is all Michael has been able to find out.
Michael has spent a lot of money on her over the last ten years rebuilding and upgrading her to her former glory. Michael uses her for big game fishing and cruising & she is based at Whangaroa.

If any woodys  can come up with some history on her, both Brian & Michael would be very grateful.



7 thoughts on “Leilani

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  2. Don Lightband owned and chartered Leilani out of Mangonui for many years in the 80’s and 90’s.


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  4. That “Leilani” was owned and operated by Jimmy Whitelaw at Russel for many years and had the 165 hp, 6-71 GM from new, exhausting up that stainless steel flue pipe, that’s how she was built.Jimmy’s father Matty was prop. of the “Duke of Marlborough” pub for some years.
    Where’s Hilton Edmonds, he will know.


  5. Brian Craise now living in Northcote owner one of the boats for a few years . He might have more info.


  6. LEILANI, in the1950s & earlier 1960s at least, was run by a Mr. McKenzie for the original owner, & was used in the B.O.I. area for many years from new or almost new, commercially game fishing,. She had a 6-71 Detroit diesel from new, for many years, & may still have it.

    In later year late 1990s to earlier 2000s, she was moored at Mangonui, in Mill Bay, for quite a period.

    I saw her on the hardstand at West Harbour circa 2005 -2007 having what appeared to be quite extensive TLC. — KEN R


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