More about our friends' boat
By Judy Evans
January 12, 2021 5:32pm CST
I wrote about staying on our friend’s luxury motor-boat. I took a photo of it as we were preparing to leave. We sailed up the Swan River from Fremantle, Western Australia, to Perth. Going under one bridge we had to lower the aerial so that we’d fit underneath. The boat is ~60 feet (18 metres) long. There are three cabins; one with an ensuite and one semi-ensuite. At the press of a button, the table hydraulically lowers to make provision for another double bed. By reverse osmosis, sea-water is converted to potable water. The woodwork has been done by experts, as you would expect. For a boat, it seems quite spacious with room for easily six or eight round the dining table and other lounge seating opposite. There are five TVs on board and all the fittings you’d expect to see on such a vessel. The boat can be driven from the top section. Is it called the ‘fly deck’? Or it can be driven from the rear deck which makes docking easier. It is very easy to manoeuvre and is fitted with stabilising gear which reduces any rocking to a minimum. It’s a lovely boat for the family as they have three grown sons who all use it a lot, but it’s not something we’d want to buy.
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• Bunbury, Australia
The little jaunt we took cost about $300 in fuel - well beyond us but we're not boat people anyway. Our friends have three sons and seven grandchildren mostly getting towards late teens so they do make good use of it. There must be dozens of boats tied up on the river that rarely get taken out.
• United Kingdom
@JudyEv Even if you never take it out, there are still mooring fees, the cost of annual maintenance to engine and safety systems, replacing flares and all that sort of thing, not to mention possible damage from storms. A very expensive hobby!
• United States
danged thingy 'tis bigger'n nice'n my lil humble 'bode, lol. what a treat to be able to take a ride'n such 's well 's spend the night. fer the price tag'n these beauties, one'd near 'xpect 't to come with a butler, lol. gigglin' o'er the 5 tv's, a bit o'er the top, eh?