My username is ALOHA34Guy and I am an Australian powerboat driver who has "seen the light". So please be gentle as I feel my way around the genre', the forums
and the east coast
The real purpose of this introduction
is to re-introduce an ALOHA34 build # 189 and HIN # 983631. This vessel was owned by Gary and Linda B, of Victoria BC, Canada
who named her AMALTHEA.
This hardy vessel was widely reported LOST
in the 2011 Cyclone YASI which struck north Queensland
(AUS) and piled a lot of marina boats into a corner of the marina when the tsunami went up over the pontoon pylons and everything in the marine
#189 finished on her side, resting on a pontoon above water
level with severe paint
and gel-coat damage but surprisingly no structural damage and no hull
penetration. She went through an insurance
process and then disappeared from the ocean for 4 years.
#189 was completely, expertly and perfectly returned to 100% seaworthy
by a boat builder
and shipwright who specializes in gel and fiberglass repair
. I am so fortunate to have purchased #189 from him and have now registered and insured (a breeze) the vessel and she is now being prepared for an east coast
major shakedown sail in May 2017. Prior to that, I will learn my craft locally from Townsville Breakwater Marina in the north QLD region.
So, finally #189 - AMALTHEA has been renamed "SV ELLI" on the bow it looks like "Elli" ... and she will become my home in January 2017. If anyone has contact with Gary and Linda - please inform them that AMALTHEA/ELLI is in very good hands and looks "perfect". I have their writings in my ship's log.