Workers try to salvage what they can from a houseboat that was wrecked during the height of last week’s storms.
Workers try to salvage what they can from a houseboat that was wrecked during the height of last week’s storms. Valerie Horton

Ruined houseboat towed away

TENSIONS were high at Great Sandy Straits Marina yesterday as a badly damaged houseboat was slowly but surely plucked from the ocean.

A team of Hervey Bay locals – including the houseboat owner – worked throughout the day to float the vessel from its resting spot near the mouth of the marina.

With a great deal of manoeuvring, it was towed to the ramps and secured on to a catamaran trailer.

Described as a “total write-off”, the houseboat was torn apart last Sunday during brutal 35 to 40 knot winds and strong tidal movements.

Tom Hudson from the Volunteer Marine Rescue said he was of the understanding the boat was anchored off the beach near Reefworld when it came to grief.

“When the winds got up, it dragged the anchor and it was forced south of the harbour mouth.

“The outgoing tide then turned it around and brought it back. The anchor snagged the rocks of the harbour’s rock wall and then (the boat) smashed into the wall.”

Mr Hudson said the vessel came to its resting spot in the harbour thanks to the surge.

“The tide brought it in ... some people managed to throw some ropes on it and moor it. It fell to pieces from the surge.”

For a week, the houseboat sat half-submerged before it was salvaged yesterday.

While the owner of the boat did not wish to comment, it was believed he built the boat himself over a number of years and had lived on the boat for a period of time in the marina.



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