Quick cat thunders through Whitsundays
TWELVE metres of specially designed ocean cruising vessel powered by 600 stallions – the Thundercat is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Don’t be fooled, though. This beast is as smooth a ride as can be found on the water.
Owner-operators Asher and Julie Telford decided to get “hands-on” with their newest boat and Mr Telford travelled to Brisbane to oversee its design and construction. “I’ve worked here for 15 years in this industry and I wanted to build a boat that solved all the problems that I’ve come across,” he said.
Mr Telford’s main concern was to make it speedy yet stable.
“We can go out in rough weather and do the same speed that we can do in calm weather because of the unique design of the hull,” he said.
“Even when it’s rough it’s just a slow roll.”
Thundercat has only just joined the couple’s first boat, Tongarra, on the water but it’s already had full bookings every day.
Mr and Mrs Telford said this was in large part thanks to the support they had received from all involved.
“We just want to say thank you to everyone who’s been so supportive – agents, friends, colleagues and the crew,” Mr Telford said.
Mrs Telford noted the couple’s dedicated staff had been especially helpful.
“We just want to thank them for being supportive of the boat,” she said.
“They’ve had an emotional investment in this as well.”
Meanwhile the stable speedster has proved an instant hit with the couple’s young boys.
“(Our son) was dreaming the other night going ‘boat, boat, boat’,” Mr Telford said.
Now, the Telfords want you to be dreaming of your time on the water. “Our number one goal is for everyone visiting the Whitsundays and taking a trip with us to have the best time possible,” Mrs Telford said.
For more information visit thundercatwhitsundays.com.au.
WELCOME ABOARD: Asher and Julie Telford and the Thundercat Whitsundays staff.