Boat finds a new home

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

RON Jenyns just oozes ocean.

A sailor since the day he was born and pi­o­neer in the Queens­land game fish­ing in­dus­try, it only makes sense that he would fin­ish his ca­reer in the Whit­sun­days.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the South Pa­cific II pulled up into Shute Har­bour, closing its 40th trip around the re­gion since 1974.

While it was the last hur­rah for owner and skip­per Mr Jenyns, who has now re­tired, it was the mark of an ex­cit­ing adventure for new owner Rob Si­ganto from Dingo Beach and skip­per Ash­ley Matthews from Seafever Sport­fish­ing Whit­sun­days.

South Pa­cific II is an iconic 72 foot clas­sic tim­ber boat, built by Nor­man R Wrights in their Bris­bane boat­yard in 1964 and was later pur­chased by Ron and his fa­ther Herb Jenyns in 1974.

An un­stop­pable com­bi­na­tion, one of Queens­land’s favourite char­ter boats, and one of the in­dus­try’s best known char­ac­ters, achieved leg­endary sta­tus from More­ton Bay to Cook­town.

On board the pre­miere boat, Mr Jenyns has hosted for­mer prime min­is­ters, celebri­ties, count­less fish­ing ex­pe­di­tions and fam­ily hol­i­days.

How­ever he de­cided to sell the boat and busi­ness late last year. Since sell­ing the boat, Mr Jenyns has worked with the new owner Rob Si­ganto in get­ting the ves­sel back to its best ready for its next chap­ter.

South Pa­cific II will now op­er­ate from Shute Har­bour as a cruise ser­vice and fish­ing char­ter.

Photo: Char­lotte Lam

LAST HUR­RAH: New owner Rob Si­ganto, Olympic sailor Ron Jenyns and skip­per Ash­ley Matthews on board the South Pa­cific II last week.

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