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?

11 thoughts on “Darleen

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


  2. 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.


  3. 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



  4. 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.


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


  6. 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.


  7. 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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