Seahorse salvage from swimming pool a success
FOUR weeks after Cyclone Yasi, Lindsay and Jennifer Hallam’s very own house boat, or should that be pool boat, was lifted out of their Port Hinchinbrook f r ont yard and taken away for a damage evaluation.
T h e $ 2 5 0 , 0 0 , 1 6 t o n n e p l e a s u r e b o a t S e a h o r s e , o wn e d b y t h e Ha l l a m’ s neighbour David Hutchen, was washed into their pool complete with its mooring pontoon during the February 2-3 cyclone.
Friday’s removal of the vessel was a milestone in that it was the second last of more than 70 boats which have been removed from the marina and its immediate surrounds.
T h e r e m o v a l o f t h e Seahorse, a delicate operation by any stretch of the imagination, went without mishap.
A skilled salvage crew working with staff from Universal Cranes out of Townsville, first had to ease the bow of the Seahorse out from under the overhanging eaves of the roof of the house before they could begin to lift and carry i t backwards over water.
Hopes of refloating the vessel were dashed when it began taking water immediately after being lowered down into the marina.
The decision was t hen made to transport the boat to t h e N o r s h i p M a r i n e boatyard at Port Hinchinbrook.
‘‘ When we discovered it was leaking we put waterproof bog in it so that we could t ake i t around t o Norship and put it up on land,’’ Frank Perry from Universal Cranes said.
Mr Hallam said it was a relief to have the boat out of his pool.
‘‘ You’d come home from work after a big day and the thing would still be in the front yard,’’ Mr Hallam said.
‘‘ All I can say is ‘ full compliments’ t o t he salvage crews.’’