Do you remember this sorry situation we told you about.
Well - a few weeks ago this old boat was towed to the Lewis Shipyard - apparently on the orders of the NSW Maritime Authority - for it to be stripped and destroyed.
It was a very poor hull to begin with and quite roughly built - and with this bad grounding was extensively damaged and flooded - and the whole of the interior and engine was pretty much destroyed by the salt water. The owner tried to sell it - but no sensible person could possibly be interested.
(I recommend that you click on the links below to look at the big picture of each one)
This was intended to be a photo of our shiny car parked as we unloaded the shopping
but it also shows the yacht just lifted out - and being stripped of all it's fittings.
This is a big panorama showing the yard men working on it
and also Mark & Jill's yacht 'Blue Bayou' is there
on the right being cleaned and painted.
And not forgetting our new
shiny car on the left.
Then last week when we came in to go shopping this was the situation.
Don't you just love the way the panorama program sometimes 'doubles' people.
It's a sort of double exposure caused by people moving and walking
as I take several photos side by side that are later merged.
That's the one man, just in two different spots
in the two photos of the same scene.
When we returned in the afternoon this is what we found.
Then the following morning I especially went in to see what had happened.
By the next week when I went in - there was nothing but a freshly swept area of the yard and part of the engine and other bits of scrap in a bin. The smashed up yacht was mostly removed as it was being done - in these photos - and the pieces going straight into trucks and to the garbage tip.
We made a few guesses at the cost - and I was near enough right at $8,000 - 10,000 all up, for it to be completely destroyed and taken to the tip. Considering the yard man hours involved and the heavy machinery and trucks and tipping fees it's a costly exercise to smash up a big heavy ferro-cement yacht like that. It was definitely more, than what the yacht was worth in it's condition.
Because the owner would not do it himself and make the damaged yacht seaworthy and safe on a mooring - the Maritime Authority eventually siezed it and they pay for the destruction and then seek to recover the cost from the owner.
It's always a sad thing to see any boat destroyed - simply because we all know the effort and often years of sweat and labour that goes into making one - and certainly a larger yacht like that one. But sooner or later all boats come to an end - and I'd have to say that if there was one boat around the place that needed to be destroyed - it was that one.
Keep alert for our next adventure
bye for now