The Historic Vessel "Southern Cross Stars" is being offered for sale.
Built by W. L. Holmes & Co., the keel was first laid in October 1939 as a Fishing Boat with
the first fishing trip on Boxing Day 1940.
During the Second World War the boat served the Australian Navy under the name of H. M. A. S Polaris.
It was awarded Battle Honours "New Guinea 1942-43".
After a 12 year restoration by Swiss Master Boat Builder Fritz Meier, it is an outstanding legacy of his skills.
This vessel is in very good condition for its age.
Historical features of the boat have been kept, and modern conveniences added to be used as a leisure boat.
Mornington Peninsula Region Hastings
W. L. Holmes
63' - 19.20m
Timber, Keel Iron Bark, Hull Spotted Gum BWL Oregon AWL
6-cylinder turbo diesel 205kw, model 6HAM-HTE3
New SS Shaft and new 4 blade 38" Bronze propeller
Kubota GL6000 6kva with silent pack
The first bulkhead contains the anchor on a Muir electric winch with 65meters of chain. Moving aft a double bed in the large focsle with its own Shower/Toilet. The wheelhouse above lined in new Jarrah and Ash contains all the modern electronics e. G. GPS, Sounder, Plotter. Access to the Engine Room is here and extends under the whole main Cabin. Going down three steps to a new modern Jarrah lined Galley with stove, fridge and sink. In one corner of the cabin is a dining table that can seat three comfortably. In the Opposite corner is the Captains Desk with lift up table and ships main battery switches and volt meter display and TV above. Moving further aft there is the second bathroom with an external door to the deck. Coming outside onto the rear deck, that in its heyday would have been covered in fishing nets, now presents a spacious 7.5m * 4.6m open deck perfect for entertaining. Over our heads is an electric davit mounted on top of the Cabin used to launch and retrieve the 3.4m Zodiac Launch that is secured on the starboard side of the deck. Below the rear deck is the rear berth with two large berths, storage area and room for a lounge and TV, Further aft is the steering and additional storage area.
One forward, One Rear
4 burner LPG Gas
3.4m Zodiac Tender
Mercury F30 ELPT 30hp
Anchor on Muir electric winch
65m of 16mm Anchor chain
Radio : JRC JSB-196 SSB Radio Telephone
Sounder : Simrad EQ33 Echo Sounder
Plotter : Simrad CP44 Chart Plotter
Compass : Simrad AP35 Auto Pilot
: VDO Rudder Indicator
Speaker : Raymarine 430 Loud Hailer/Intercom