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John Adcock is looking to establish the history of his yacht Rahani (ex. Illex), possibly originally Wylo.

The vessel: 26 foot LOD, carvel planked, cutter rigged, with a raked transom. She is now fitted with a 13 hp Volvo diesel

Said to have been constructed 1926 in South Australia. Transported by road to Queensland 2008 and progressively restored by several owners on Sunshine Coast Queensland. Now significantly restored and based at East Coast Marina, Moreton Bay, Queensland.

This boat is believed to be one of several built by J.P. Clausen & Son and named Wylo in South Australia from the mid-1920s through the mid-1930s. This boat may be one of two named Wylo launched in 1926 and 1929 respectively.

This vessel should not be confused with the 36 foot vessel built of the same name built by J.P. Clausen & Sons in 1935 now fully restored and located in Melbourne (as at January 2012 for sale).

If you recognise the yacht in the photos on this page, or have any photos or information about the yachts called Wylo, or other yachts built by J.P. Clausen & Sons in the 1920s and 1930s, specifically launchings in the late 1920s please contact:

John Adcock


Mob:             0410 621104      


Some additional information by MF:

At this stage, we are not certain that John's yacht was originally called Wylo. John was told that it had been built in South Australia by Wylo. I had not been able to identify a boat builder of that name, but there were many references to yachts called Wylo in South Australia during the 1920s and 1930s. We thought that perhaps the name of the builder had been confused with the name of the vessel?

A gentleman called William Birnie had a string of yachts named Wylo between 1900 and 1935. Research seems to indicate the following vessels owned by Birnie were named Wylo:

  1. Wylo built 1900 or earler that was raced by Birnie at Fremantle, WA between 1900 and 1902.
  2. Wylo built 1905 or earlier, originally called Isolde that was raced by Birnie at Sydney between 1906 and 1910.
  3. Wylo built 1923 or earlier that was raced by Birnie at Adelaide between 1923 and 1925.
  4. Wylo built about 1919, a restricted 21-foot yacht (25' Loa) that was originally called Ardale, raced by Birnie at Adelaide during the 1927-28 season.
  5. Wylo built 1929 by J.P.Clausen 26' long that was raced by Birnie at Adelaide between 1929 and 1930.
  6. Wylo built 1931, 35' long that was raced by Birnie at Adelaide between 1931 and 1935.
  7. Wylo built 1935 by J.P.Clausen 36.5' long that was raced by Birnie in 1935.

Number 5 seems to be the most likely candidate with Number 3 being a possibility and Number 2 rather remote. The others are ruled out by size and/or configuration. A photo of Wylo 5, 3 or 2 could provide conclusive evidence that would confirm or disprove this hypothesis. Any information on any one or more of these vessels would be gratefully received. Please contact John Adcock and Mori Flapan by email.

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