" Christabella" is a 28 foot Carvel Planked Motor Launch! Built in around 1937 she resembles the Norman Wright designs of the 1930s and was fully restored in the early 2000s. The origin of her build is unknown, however it is thought that she was built in Brisbane.
This is an 8.6m traditional carvel planked motor launch, with fibreglass over dynal sheath plywood and has a teak deck. She is powered by a 55hp Perkins 4108 diesel engine, with a conventional shaft drive and a three blade bronze propeller.
The hull has long bilge keels for added stability and for protection should she touch ground on a falling tide whilst at anchor.
A full restoration was undertaken sometime in the early 2000s, by a Gold Coast restaurant owner, who used her to ferry wedding parties to his restaurant.
In around 2008 "Christabella" was sold and moved to Paynesville to cruise the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria.
In May 2013 she was sold again and moved by road transport to South Australia and is currently berthed in beautiful Goolwa, at the mouth of the Murray River.
The current owner has done a full refresh of the interior, including installing a new fridge in the galley. In addition, the hull has been freshly painted and the antifouling completed in April 2022.
Famous for the Wooden Boat Festival, Goolwa has access to a large inland waterway, with plenty of bays and coves to explore, including the expansive waters of Lake Alexandrina.
LOA: 8.6m - 28ft
Beam: 3m - 9.84ft
Draft: 0.9m - 2.95ft
Engine: Perkins 4108 Diesel Shaft Drive - 55hp
Propeller: 3 Blade Bronze
Keel: Centre Keel providing propeller and rudder protection plus Bilge Keels on each side of the hull for improved stability and grounding protection.
External cover: Canvas - custom made full external cover
Electrical: Complete overhaul of the electrical system with new switch board, new winch motor, new 65 l/t fridge, new Garmin navigational display unit, new horn, installed LED flood lights to the back and front, Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors, Solar exhaust fan to the bedroom and bathroom, three speed personal fan to the main cabin.
Motor: Perkins 4108 Over hauled motor, replaced injectors, new alternator, new battery, renovated the cooling system including new impellers, renovated the starter motor, renovated the hydraulic steering system, new gaskets to the rocker covers.
Internal: New double flush toilet with a s/steel holding tank for sewer waste, new vinyl clad ceiling panels, replaced all the windows to the main cabin with 10 mm toughened tinted glass, personal access s/steel ladder including timber walk off and on plank, fully lined new curtains.
External: complete painting and varnishing to the whole of the boat including anti foul below water line (carried out 23/10/20 & 14/4/22)
This little motor launch is ideal for her current location, but would also suit the Gippsland Lakes, Tasmania, or perhaps the Hawkesbury River, NSW.
For further details and to arrange inspection, please contact Andy on 0414 782 446 or email to: andy@andydiehmmarine. Com
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Adelaide Region Goolwa, South Australia
28' 3" - 8.60m
Perkins 4108 4 cyl diesel - 55hp
6 to 7
Saft drive with 3 blade bronze propeller
This is a great little boat for someone who loves the traditional timber boat look and feel, or for someone looking for a low cost entry to cruising style boating. Economical to run, cheap to maintain and the major work has been done!
Now, it could be yours to simply enjoy!