Leilani (Florae / Floray)

LEILANI (FLORAY)

LEILANI (FLORAE / FLORAY)

Leilani was built by building contractor & service station proprietor, Major Bailey, a friend of Ken Rickett’s family, on the Cnr. of Wheturangi & Green Lane Rds., & launched in 1949.
Currently owned by Jason Lockwood for the last 5 years. The previous owner had kept the boat at Coromandel for many years & eventually took her to Thames with a view to removing rot from the upper sections of the bow.
It was while at Thames that Jason saw her & bought her, then moved her to Kopu (photo above) – where she was for approx. 3 years. Jason moved her to his property at Thames town around  2 years ago.

When purchased she had a 6cyl. Ford diesel & was fitted with a shoe rudder prop & shaft, however whilst at Kopu these ‘disappeared’.
Jason had removed her paint & started a re-caulking process as part of a major refit / repair & refurbish, looking at the photo, taken by Ken (April 2016), this appears to have stalled & the coamings have reached the stage of disrepair, to the point where they will have to be demolished as they are semi collapsed.

Can we expand more on her history – design, past owners etc. Ken recalls that she was a late 1940’s build.

13-08-2016 Harold Kidd Input

She was built as FLORAE (Latin for “flowers”) not FLORAY. I think Lidgards built the hull and Major George Bailey finished her at his Wheturangi Road home. It was PERCY Coutts who owned her until he died in 1960. He bought my father’s business and renamed it Coutts Motors and was very successful importing fine cars, now part of the Giltrap empire on the same site in Great North Road.
As LEILANI she had numerous owners after Percy Coutts, including A.G. Sibun of Bleakhouse Road, Ken Archer who was active in Coastguard with her, followed by B.J. Craies,  and finally a spell in Coromandel where I photographed her in 1999. She’s not the game boat LEILANI that was at Mangonui, run by Don Lightband of course. In fact I can’t vouch for the fact that the LEILANI owned by Sibun and Archer is this one and may well be the game boat.
No doubt WW spotters will pick that up and put me right with relish!

12 thoughts on “Leilani (Florae / Floray)

  1. Slight correction, PERCY ELRICK COUTTS was born on 4th December 1903. His birth wasn’t registered until January 1904. As Percy Elrick Coutts he married Beryl Emily Esam in 1934.

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  2. I find it weird that Ken insists that Percy Coutts’ legal name was “Peter” “if one searches the appropriate records”.
    I have done that. He was born as PERCY ELRICK COUTTS in 1904, served in the N.Z. Army as Percy Elrick Coutts and died in 1960 as Percy Elrick Coutts.
    Hey, it doesn’t matter a row of beans what Percy’s name really was, but what the Hell is going on here? It was quite unnecessary for Ken to make such an unfounded claim.
    I also find it very odd that Major Bailey personally registered the launch with APYMBA as FLORAE. Perhaps he was a bad speller?
    Perhaps the evil spirit ANECDOTE has completely taken over?

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  3. Florae/Floray its appears at some stage she was named both. There is documented records of the Florae spelling & we have the 60>70 year old memory of the builders family in regard to the Floray spelling – this situation is one of the challenges when researching these old craft. I think I’ll just include both versions in the story 🙂

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  4. She was started fairly shortly after RANUI was finished, Major, which was indeed his Christian name, — (although through the years, many people, as with Harold, confused it with a title,) –was most impressed by RANUI, & new the Lidgards quite well, hence the borrowing of the frames. — KEN R

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  5. I did not actually say above, but she was called FLORAY, & I have now spoken to members of the Bailey family, & confirmed that this is absolutely correct, she was definitely not called FLORAE, also it is quite correct that Couts was known as Percy, — that’s who we all knew him as, but if one researches the appropriate records, his legal name is in fact Peter according to information given to me, in days gone by. — KEN R

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  6. OK that’s hard to argue! Odd then that she was registered as FLORAE not FLORAY. Until now I always thought that Major Bailey was an army man, but it turns out that he was christened Major George Bailey when he was born in 1909, a twin to Marjorie Christina Bailey. I wonder if there was a family connection to the Lanes? Must look into that.
    Odd too that RANUI was a bit longer and (I thought) a little later. No doubt Ken can clear up those points too.

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  7. I watched her being built by Major B on his property, on frames borrowed from R. Lidgards, that were used for the RANUI initially, & she was named after Major B’s wife Flo, & his son, my lifelong very close friend Ray, & I know, because they were all a part of my life at that time, we were in each others bridal parties, when we married, his eldest son was named after me, & so on. — KEN R

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  8. She was built as FLORAE (Latin for “flowers”) not FLORAY. I think Lidgards built the hull and Major George Bailey finished her at his Wheturangi Road home. It was PERCY Coutts who owned her until he died in 1960.He bought my father’s business and renamed it Coutts Motors and was very successful importing fine cars, now part of the Giltrap empire on the same site in Great North Road.
    As LEILANI she had numerous owners after Percy Coutts, including A.G. Sibun of Bleakhouse Road, Ken Archer who was active in Coastguard with her, followed by B.J. Craies, and finally a spell in Coromandel where I photographed her in 1999. She’s not the gameboat LEILANI that was at Mangonui, run by Don Lightband of course. In fact I can’t vouch for the fact that the LEILANI owned by Sibun and Archer is this one and may well be the gameboat.
    No doubt WW spotters will pick that up and put me right with relish!

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  9. Hi ,

    Was owned by Brian & Lulu Craise , Queen St , Northcote , at one time .

    I’ve lost Brian’s email but a phone call might find him .

    Kind thoughts,

    Wayne Mason

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  10. She was owned by Peter Coutts an Auckland motor vehicle importer & distributor in the later 1950s-1960s,who was killed in a motor scooter accident on College Hill, one Sunday afternoon, as he was going to his Long Drive St. Heliers Bay home from LEILANI. — KEN R

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