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