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.


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.