Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Steam Yacht Preana

Riding in the luxurious saloon of the steam yacht Preana is not the boating experience I am used to.  For me it was almost claustrophobic but a fascinating opportunity to see a steam launch in action.  The boat was originally commissioned in 1896 by wealthy Tasmanian flour miller and parliamentarian William Gibson.  She is a 55 foot launch originally powered by a 60hp triple expansion engine but has been restored and fitted with a 40hp E compound engine from 1905.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Yukon of Copenhagen

My personal favorite of the Hobart festival was the Yukon of Copenhagen.

A Danish fishing ketch she was bought, as a wreck, for a case of beer and then rebuilt with Danish oak and Swedish pine.  As luck would have it she is now for sale so if I had a spare $490,000 I would consider buying her.  The Yukon web site shows her as 17 meters but the boat sales site says 24 meters so I guess she is between 17 and 24 meters.  I enjoyed hearing her story from the captain but I didn't think to ask how a Danish vessel got the name Yukon.

Hopefully I'll get another chance to get on board and ask.

http://www.yukon-tours.dk/27-accomodation.html

http://www.boatsalestas.com.au/sail-monohulls/24m-gaff-rigged-ketch-yukon/164166/



















 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hobart Wooden Boat Festival 2015

Im back from three days in Hobart with enough photos to keep blogging for another twelve months.  It would be a tough call to name the prettiest boat in the festival but this Herreshoff pram would be a contender.