|A rare and highly sought after example of the famous Tasmanian Cray Fishing Boat.
"Owen John" (ex Suprise) is a famous boat amongst fishermen of lore and timber boat lovers on the south coast of Tasmania. Built to fish deep into the Southern Ocean, she is incredibly strong and seaworthy, and represent one of the finest testament to Australia's marine history.
One of the last few authentic sail-powered Cray Fishing Boat, and with a well illustrated and colorful history she is sure to make you a local star at the next Wooden Boat Show!
Professionally built of steam-bent Tasmania oak and beautifully maintained, she presents absolutely beautifully, which was also confirmed by her recent survey carried out in Bidport, Tasmania in July 2012. Her deck is celery top pine laid, caulked and paid off.
All planking is tight and in very good condition, as well as her stern post, stem, sponsons and beltings, with no sign of rot, damage or cracking.
The yacht has never been sheathed, with respect to keeping with her historical value, but also to avoid risks of de-lamination, inter-layer rot and other problems. Her wet tank has not been removed and is in good condition.
In 2012, her bottom was fully stripped of antifoul and repainted below and above the water line. Since then she was dutifully slipped and antifouled each year.
In spite of her quite large sail area, "Owen John" is primarily powered by a powerful and reliable Gardner 5LW diesel 70HP with 700L of fuel for plenty of range. The gearbox is a Gardner 2-UC mechanical. An auxiliary engine (Perkins 4106) has also been installed and is used as a very powerful and reliable Generator, providing 240V to the whole boat, including the hot water system, microwave, and power points. A pure sinewave inverter is also supplied, perfect for charging your computer, TV/DVD etc.
Her lady owner having sailed her from Tasmania and spent many happy months on board, "Owen John" is now fitted as a comfortable extended offshore cruiser. Perfect for entertaining with her extremely large and safe deck, sun awning and high bulwark, she would also be ideal live-aboard for a couple. Beneath her fore-deck and accessed through a hatch and companionway, a large V shape cabin with full headroom houses a good size cabin with L shape galley, stove, storage shelves and cabinets, a settee and a large double bed. This cabin is dry and well lit, with good air flow and no leak. It is a very pleasant place to relax, cook or sleep, with freshly painted walls and beautiful planking.
The wheelhouse offers comfortable steerage station, with good visibility and access to all cruising electronics and radio. Back of the wheelhouse and with its own access is the head area with full size shower.
Surveyor's comment: ""Owen John is an ex Tasmanian cray boat that has received regular ongoing maintenance by professional qualified shipwrights. She is in sound condition throughout, all safety equipment is compliant with statutory regulations".
Another full pre-purchase survey will be carried out in the next few days, as well as a full engine inspection.
Please contact Anna at Nautilus Yacht Management on 0420 882 296 or email info@nautilusyachtmanagement for more information or to obtain a copy of the 2012 and 2015 surveys.
"Owen John" is presently moored in Palm Beach, Pittwater.
DISCLAIMER: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith
but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor
warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his
surveyor to investigate such details as the buyer desires. This vessel
is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without
AU $89,000 Negotiable
** NOW SOLD **
||Owen John (Previously Surprise)|
||43' 0" - 13.11m|
||Palm Beach NSW|
||New South Wales|
||Celery top pine laid, caulked and paid off|
||1 X primary Gardner 5LW diesel 70HP and 1 X secondary Perkins 4106 40HP used as a generator. Engine room: Huge engine room beneath wheelhouse with full lighting, ample access to engines and storage|
||5044 (Gardner), 2563 (Perkins)|
||700L in 2 X steel tanks|
||13' Stacer aluminium dinghy|
||15HP Yamaha outboard|
||Large fully battened sun awning|
||Large accomodation forward with double bed, galley, storage cabinets and settee (single bed). Wheelhouse has one small berth.|
||Hot and cold shower in enclosed head area|
||Electric marine toilet with macerator|
||Galley on prt side in main cabin. Plenty of storage. Fridge/freezer, Samsung microwave oven, pressurized hot and cold water.|
||Engel fridge/freezer 12V240V|
||Muir electric anchor winch with hydraulic power pack with electric clutch. 80lbs Admiralty stock anchor with 70m of galvanized short link chain. 35lbs plough spare anchor.|
||4 X Solas with whistles, 2 X stormy seas inflatable PFD1 vests, 2 X child PFD1.1 X 4 X man life raft (RFD coastal) (new 2011)
2 X electric and 2 X manual bilge pumps
Life ring with MOB light
Watco Laser 1,000,000 candle power portable, 2 X 1500w 240V work lights
2 X 2.5kg dry chemical fire extinguishers
1 X fire blabket
1 X bucket with lanyard
Deck hose / fire hose off mechanical or 240V electric pump
3 X waterproof torches
||Alternators: 1 X 12V house, 1 X 24V engine, 1 X 8kva auxiliary. Batteries: 1 X 24V bank - 2 X 12V main start, 1 X 12V bank - 2 X 6V and 1 X 12V house, 1 X 12V bank - 1 X 12V radios, 1 X 12V auxiliary start. Switchboard. Battery isolators. Pure sinewave inverter.|
|Furuno radar 12nm (New 2008), Automatic pilot, Robertson AP300X, Depth sounder Furuno FVC-620, Satellite navigation: Siewa Barramundi PLus with C map|
||Galvanized davits for dinghy haulage, Onga deckwash/fire-hose on manifold to all compartments. Samson post, heavy strenght cleats and dead-eyes, galvanized pipe safety rails all around to survey heigth. Oregon mast and boom, with additional 2 X oregon gaff booms supplied (good condition). Headsail. Stainless steel rigging.|
||Beautifully presented. A must see!|