Darleen Alan H ©

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photos ex Alan H & trademe

I have always admired Darleen when refueling RainDance at the Orams fuel berth as Darleen is normally berthed down at the Viaduct amongst the super yachts. The top 4 photos above I took at the Mahurangi Regatta in 2015. The others are ex. trademe. All I know is that she was launched in 1920, is 34′ long & powered by a 65hp Ford diesel. You will see that a lot of time & effort has been spent re-fitting her to a high standard, from memory I think her owner is engaged in the boat building/rigging industry.

Any of the woodys able to expand on her in terms of builder & history?

19 thoughts on “Darleen

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  2. The only dimensions I have for ISLA II are 32′ loa and 8′ beam. Maybe DARLEEN counts her boarding platform?


  3. I can’t find the image of Darleen’s stern hauled out at the moment, but it has a ‘vee’ shape similar to Pacific (Slattery) and is reasonably unusual.

    Darleen bears striking resemblance to Esme including the raised saloon, but all of the dimensions are different in detail.


  4. Billy Rogers worked for Joe Slattery as an apprentice so if Billy said she was a Slattery build, he was right. Unfortunately I don’t have an image of ISLA II/LADY MAVIS to compare.


  5. While reading about Kenya / Mataroa on this blog I saw a name which rang a bell. The boatbuilder who worked with my father (Frank Hoolihan) on Daleen (now Darleen) was very probably Billy Rogers. The name set off a bell for me as soon as I saw it. By 1964 he was an older man, probably late 50s. He was also probably the person who told us she was a Slattery boat. As a kid of 12, I was fascinated by the copper nails he used on the hull and his general knowhow with traditional methods.
    Also, on further thought about when our family owned Daleen, I now think it was from about 1964 to around 1971-72. After this Covid-19 lockdown is over I will consult my fathers diaries for more info and find and scan some period photos.
    Thanks Harold for your comments on when she was probably built and her original name.


  6. Joe Slattery as the builder of DARLEEN/DARLENE/ D******* works for me, but
    1. that wasn’t her original name
    2. she would be one of his earlier boats if originally a flushdecker which seems likely
    3. Joe died in 1933 and she’s quite different from his later boats like KENYA 1 of 1928, say.
    4. A wild guess is that she was originally ISLA II built for Dr. Moir in 1921 and later LADY MAVIS in Tauranga and Whangarei.


  7. Some additional comments on Darleen after talking to my mother. Assuming I am right that she is the boat our family owned (as Daleen) from about 1963/4 to 1968/9. She was moored on piles in the Tamaki River at that time. Also, she carried a gaff-rigged sail on her mast which steadied her motion significantly though we didn’t use it very often. She was definitely built by Joe Slattery and was 33 1/2 feet long and 9 feet on the beam. I am not so sure about the year she was built, Some time in the 1920s to early 1930s. I recall my father telling me that she had originallybeen a flush decker but had the main cabin raised subsequently – well before the 1960s.


  8. Darleen looks to be the same launch my father owned in the early to mid 1960s. At that time her name was “Dalene””, I spent memorable childhood times on this boat. When my father bought her she was a commercial fishing boat at Clark’s Beach in the Manukau Harbour. Over a period of a year she was thoroughly overhauled on our front lawn in Royal Oak and converted back to a pleasure craft. At that time she was powered by a 4 cylinder Fordson diesel. She was built by Slattery in the early 1930s. Slattery boats were narrow by the standards of the day but were good sea boats, though with a tendency to roll heavily. Back in 1960s she had a mast forward of the cabin and the raised cockpit cabin was much lower.


  9. I think she has probably always been called DARLENE because she was that back in the 1940s – KEN R


  10. My pennyworth is that she could be an earlyish Bailey & Lowe-type 35 footer with a raised foredeck and tramtop/dodger in place of a dee-front cabintop. Date of build would then be around 1910.


  11. Alan,

    I spotted another woodie hiding in the sawmill next to the Herman Pacific yard in Silverdale while touring the HermPac operation. Unfortunately I was unable to investigate any further but while get a better look when I am next up that way.

    Do you have any clues?


    Kent Dadson



  12. DARLEEN was for sale on Trade Me in 2012 at Whangarei. The blurb said she was built in 1932 by “Fairley Bros”. She was 35’oa with a Lees Marine 4cyl Ford.
    I spent a bit of time trying to make that info work, but gave up.


  13. Not viaduct, just Westhaven behind Rig Pro and next to fuel jetty (cheapest fuel in Auckland) she runs very nicely too Nathan.


  14. I believe Darleen was owned by Brian and Fay Timmins of Bucklands Beach during the mid to late 1970’s and moored in the Tamaki Estuary.


  15. Ni-ice!
    I know nothing about her, but there are obviously some stories to be told, one being how come she berths with the superyachts in the viaduct basin? (A hint there in your commentary Alan?) Wonder what her original name was – “Darleen” sounds a bit unlikely for 1920, more like a character from an Aussie soap opera.


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