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|Homeport:||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Class and type:||New Zealand gaff-rigged cutter|
|Length:||54ft (16.45m) overall, 36ft 6 in (11.12m) waterline|
|Beam:||10ft 10 in (3.32m)|
|Draught:||7ft 2 in (2.17 m)|
|Build:||Three layers of kauri planking on the hull. Wooden frames. Oregon spars.|
Ariki is a racing yacht which was built in Auckland, New Zealand in 1904 by Logan Brothers. She had a distinguished career as a racing and cruising yacht. From the time of her launch in Oct 1904 she dominated first class Auckland yacht racing until the appearance of the yacht Ranger in 1938. She has the sail number A3.
Ariki is the Maori name for chief or leader.
Ariki's design was based on the Logan brother's highly successful Rainbow of 1898, which in turn had been inspired by the George Lennox Watson designed royal yacht Britannia of 1893. Ariki was a gaff rigged cutter with a jackyard topsail. Featuring a spoon-bowed and counter-stern, her hull was planked in copper fastened kauri, consisting of two thinner layers of planks that were diagonal to each other and a third skin of planks running horizontally fore and aft along the yacht. She featured a flush deck with no cabin top visible above the deck.
In December 1907 she ran aground on a sandbar at Tologa while sailing from Gisborne to Auckland. Horton owned Ariki until 1910 when he sold her to prominent lawyer E.C. Blomfield. In 1914 Blomfield sold her to businessman Alfred Nathan, a director of L.D Nathan. In 1917 she was washed ashore at Devonport by a storm. She was repaired by Chas Bailey, who was the Logan Brother's boatbuilding rival. In 1920 he was sold to W.R. Willie' Horton, partner in the publishing firm of Wilson & Horton.
The Goodfellow family then owned Ariki from 1934 onwards for many years. During this period she was mostly used for cruising, to assist in which the family installed an engine. In 1936 a new mast, taller than the original was installed. Consideration was given to converting her to a Bermudan configuration, but she retained her gaff rig, but with new main and head sails sourced from Ratsey & Lapthorn of the Isle of Wight.
The launching of the Lou Tercel designed and built Ranger in 1938 signalled the end of Ariki's dominance of Auckland first class racing. Up until that time she had been the scratch boat of the first class (A-class) fleet.
After World War II the Goodfellow family sold Ariki to Arthur Angell and H.C. Cove Littler, later his son Hugh Littler, who continued to race her. After the Littler family bought another yacht, Ariki spent most of her time unused and sitting at her mooring.
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