Class: K Class
L-R Sapphire, Thelma VI, Kitenui, Katrina II, Jenanne

L-R Sapphire, Thelma VI, Kitenui, Katrina II, Jenanne

In 1950 the RNZYS ran a design competition won by Arthur Robb and a subsequent 12 boats were built within the following decade.

The following gives a list of the 12 K’s courtesy of the Wooden Boat Forum.

K 1 Helen

Designed by Bob Stewart, Built by Col Wild in 1948
Bill Couldrey told me that Bob Stewart wanted him (Couldrey) to build the boat but as he didn’t have a yard at that time, it was arranged for Couldrey to build her at Col Wild’s yard. Bob Salthouse however says Couldrey was only on wages at the time & most work was done by Chris Robertson. Both statements are probably true.

K 2 Jenanne

Designed by Bill Couldrey, Built by Low Bros, Whangarei 1950.
She was designed in late 1948, built in Whangarei and finished off by her owner, Murray Wiseman and did not hit the water until 1950.

K 3 Thelma VII

Designed by Bill Couldrey, Built By Allan Williams 1950.

K 4 Gypsy

Designed by Arch Logan, Built by Bill Couldrey 1939
Converted to the K-class rule in 1950

K 5 Kitenui

Designed by Colin Wild, Built by Colin Wild 1950

K 6 Penelope

Designed by Bob Stewart, Built by Allan Williams 1952

K 7 Dolita

Designed by Colin Wild, Built by Colin Wild 1950.
Launched in October 1950 for Sir Keith Park.
Renamed Robin c1975.

K 8 Anthea II

Designed by James McGruer, Built by Collings & Bell 1957.

K 9 Waiomo

Designed by Arch Logan, Built by Bill Couldrey 1935.
Converted to the K-class rule 1953, design work done by Jack Brooke.

K 10 Katrina II

Designed by Bob Stewart, Built by Percy Vos 1957.

K 11 Kiariki

Designed by Jack Brooke, Built by John Salthouse 1959.
Launched early 1959.

K 12 Sapphire

Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, Built by Percy Vos Ltd.

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Boat List: Kiariki