Lady Clare

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The above photos of Lady Clare were sent to me by Dean Wright, they date from the 1980’s when Dean was game fishing.

Dean recalls that Lady Clare  was owned at the time by a chap named Peter Clarkson, but his memory may be clouded, it was the 80’s J

In the photos above she’s being skippered by John Batterton & they’re weighing in a Broadbill at Paihia c.1987.

What more do we know about Lady Clare & where is she today?

UPDATE Some historical photos ex Ken Ricketts below – not sure if the varnished coamings are as orginal – but the ones of her with a block of flats on top, show her at Mahurangi a couple of years ago. Read more about her past in the comments section of this post.



7 thoughts on “Lady Clare

  1. I was driving the Claire at the time. Pete did own her back then. She was an awesome little boat. Great photos. We weighed two that day. JB


  2. Lady Clare is based in Whangamata current owners is Clive+ Colleen Barlow who has it looking very sharp


  3. LADY CLARE is 42 feet long, was built by Jim Young in 1960 has 2 x 4 cyl 80 Hp Ford Diesels.

    She was owned for 14 years until about 18 months ago, by Ian Cunningham of Warkworth area, & was moored, when he bought her, at Gulf Harbour where he continued to keep her, for a couple of years, & then took her to Mahurangi, for the remainder of his stewardship.
    He who sold her for health reasons, to a Gentleman from Whangamata, where he believes she is now living.
    I expect to have images of her interior & more history later today.
    Have sent images I took in 2015 at Mahurangi & an early days one, to Alan– KEN R


  4. The Lady Clare was built for Nelson Tye of Whitianga in 1959 by Jim Joung.
    Mike Best (my farther) purchased her approx. 1972 and subsequently used her for charter work (big game fishing) at Whitianga and then Mayor Island. Dad then sold her to Stan Honybun who lived in AKL. This was approx. 1978. She was powered by twin 60hp Ford engines. Dad added the fly bridge with the help of Howard Pascoe at Whitianga.


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