Leilani and Centaurus

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LEILANI & CENTAURUS

I recently received the above b/w photo of the launch Leilani, sent in by Graeme Varcoe. This photo was taken during the period of ownership by Alfred Sibun. Graeme comment that Sibum was so taken with the Leilani that he sold her and built a launch in the same style. This boat was the Centaurus and was one of the last to be built at the Baileys shipyard. The second photo above is of the Centaurus.
Harold Kidd has perviously supplied the following provenance on Leilani – she was built as FLORAE (Latin for “flowers”), but at times her name has appeared as Floray . Harold is of the belief that Lidgard’s built the hull and Major George Bailey finished her at his Wheturangi Road home. Percy Coutts owned her until he died in 1960. He bought Harold’s 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 c.1999. 
 
The photo below (ex Ken Ricketts) was taken of Leilani c.2016 looking very sad in Thames, owned at the time by Jason Lockwood – can anyone update us on the current situation / status of the vessel ?
You can read more on her at the WW link below – check out the comments section – good banter around her name 🙂
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5 thoughts on “Leilani and Centaurus

  1. Referring to Leilani I bought the boat off Brian Craies and owned her for approximately 10 years where she was kept at Waipuna Boating Club. I sold her Wayne Lucas which he sold some years later to a person in the Coromandel.Regards Phil Stokes Panelbeaters .

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  2. I have known the Bailey family all my life. She was launched in 1949 -50. Originally had a flat head American petrol engine (Graymarine or Chrysler, as I recall), replaced by a 6 cyl Ford Diesel in the 1950s. Bailey replaced her c1958 with FLOLAINE, – (wife & daughter in law Elaine) – now AWATEA which he also built, (refer woodys post), & which is now, or was until recently, at Thames.
    I last saw what was left of Leilani about 2 years ago. KEN R

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