Well, we made it to the boat show! The Sienna was not totally complete but was in pretty good shape and complete enough that visitors could get a good feel for her. I’m really pleased with how she looks and her lines are better than in the artists rendition. There is still a lot of detail work still to be done and over the next few weeks Derek will finish that while I do the electrical installation.
There was lots of interest and many people told us she was the loveliest boat in the show. After acres of white plastic boats coming across an oasis of rich timberwork was manna for footsore boatshow trekkers. The featured timber is Queensland Red Cedar which is very hard to come by these days.
I’m looking forward to getting her in the water in June and I plan to do a shakedown cruise in Moreton Bay and up the Brisbane River. There may be an opportunity to take passengers on legs of the shakedown cruise and so if you have an interest to see her up close please drop me a line by way of the enquiry form.
Also at the boat show Torqeedo Australia had a much bigger stand than last year and I shared my time between the Scruffie stand and the Torqeedo stand. In total contrast to the style of the Sienna, we had a state of the art carbon fibre planing boat on the stand. From local boat builder Gold Rush this would be a perfect tender for a mega yacht. It weighs in at only 157kg and has an masterfull carbon fibre finish straight out of the mould.
The first of this line of boats is now in Starnberg, Germany and is owned by Torqeedo managing director Christoph Ballin. Unusual for an electric boat it will plane at 14 knots with a family of four aboard. Like the Sienna, this boat also needs finishing work done before she’s complete. If you’d like to own this boat there’s an opportunity now to put your own stamp on the internal fitout to match your requirements. Gold Rush will be finishing her soon so if you’re interested drop me a line pretty quickly.