The story so far..
The MV San Michelle has a most colourful history going back to 1967 when she was designed and built in Queensland by Clem Masters, a true master craftsman in the construction of classic timber boats.
The San Michelle has plied the waters of Queensland as far North as the Gulf of Carpentaria where she spent her early years as a “working boat” harvesting crayfish & coral trout from the abundant waters of the north.
Some time in 1976's she moved south having been purchased by Ivan Leach and a partner who worked out of Bowen before selling her to Hannah and Jim Weir (RIP) in 1978, who fished out of Port Douglas.
After retiring from the hard life of a trawler around 1994, when she took up line fishing around Mackay. Her next adventure would be as a work boat in far north Queensland and as far as the Gulf of Carpentaria tending to the oil rigs as a mobile workshop, fabricating parts and modifications to keep things running smoothly.
After her work there was done, San Michelle was discovered by Nick and Beate Newton in 1999 and taken to Brisbane where she was fully restored to her classic beginnings with polished Chrome and Stainless steel and beautiful Queensland Cedar complementing her solid timber construction.
The San Michelle worked on the Brisbane River for many years as a Corporate Function Boat & Wedding Chauffeur Service, hosting many parties, weddings, cruises etc and was well known and loved.
In 2009 she was taken to Townsville where she was to be put to work once again, this time, her skippers dream was to teach seamanship to the people of Palm Island. Unfortunately, due to ill health that dream was never realised and it was here that the San Michelle was discovered by current owners, who brought her to Port Macquarie where the next phase of her ‘life’ has begun.
In a labour of love, Dave & Sue have spent the last 5 years scraping and sanding, painting and polishing to bring the San Michelle back to a condition befitting of such a lovely old vessel. At the same time, the San Michelle has been through the rigorous process of being brought into line with NSW current Commercial 1E Survey requirements. This means that she complies with all modern and up to date safety standards. Licensed to carry a maximum of 36 passengers and 4 crew, Dave & Sue are now offering the San Michelle for Private Charter and can offer any number of options for your next function.
GM Detroit 120kw 471 series deisel
Oregan planking/Spotted Gum frame
Clem Masters Queensland