IT HAS been months in the making but the Hervey Bay Boat Club finally has its boat, and it's hard to miss.
After leaving the Gold Coast late on Wednesday the 20m vessel arrived early yesterday morning. Named, Amaroo (the indigenous word for 'a beautiful place'), the $700,000 boat is set to take its first load of passengers on a whale watching trip tomorrow.
However, Boat Club general manager Ed Gibson said it will be used for more than just whale watching.
"The backbone of the business will be whale watching through the whale season and outside of that it will be used for a whole heap of things from Fraser Island scenic cruises, we're also looking at offering dugong discovery cruises, Mary River scenic cruises and weddings and functions."
While the primary benefit will be for the Boat Club's 20,000 members, Mr Gibson believes it will service the wider community as well.
"This business will employ another six people from the region so it's going to have a real flow-on effect."