Beloved boat takes hit

GoFundMe ap­peal to aid re­cov­ery

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Char­lie Peel

“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,

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