Beloved boat takes hit
GoFundMe appeal to aid recovery
“THERE’S my baby,” Stuart Harris said, pointing to his 36-foot yacht that lies on its side in the car park of the Shute Harbour marina.
There’s a gaping hole in the bottom of “Munn” from where the boat smashed against nearby rocks.
Four days of Cyclone Debbie’s relentless wind tore it from its mooring behind Repair Island and dragged it 500 metres to the beach.
Mr Harris, who has lived aboard the boat for 27 years, had it lifted off the beach on Sunday and placed on the council-owned car park.
Several other boats are in the same predicament.
Others fared far worse and are scattered in pieces throughout the mangroves in the picturesque harbour.
Mr Harris, who is the Commodore of the Whitsunday Sailing Club, estimated 2000 boats were damaged during the cyclone.
Many, like his, are not covered by insurance because they were not inside the shelter of a marina.
A GoFundMe appeal set up by a friend has raised more than $12,000 to go towards Mr Harris’s beloved boat’s relocation and repair.
“I made an informed
I made an informed decision to moor it in the harbour behind the island when all of the advice was that the cyclone would be landing further north. — Stu Harris
decision to moor it in the harbour behind the island when all of the advice was that the cyclone would be landing further north,” Mr Harris said.
“By the time it became obvious it was coming our way I tried to move it to the marina but it was too windy.”
He is now living in a van,