Houseboat launch at Hawks Nest

HOUSEBOAT TALE: ‘Time and Money’ leaves front yard.
HOUSEBOAT TALE: ‘Time and Money’ leaves front yard.

 

IF boats could talk, then the houseboat ‘Time and Money’ would certainly have a tale to tell.

Last week it finally made it back into the water at Hawks Nest after a journey of more than two and a half thousand kilometres and many years on dry land.

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Its new owner, local plumber Robert Brown, tells the story of how the houseboat started its life in Cairns but when its original owner went bankrupt, ‘Time and Money’ was used to pay a debt.

For the next seven years it was left to rot in a shed on the Sunshine Coast until Robert heard about it from a mate.

$10,000 for the boat, $8,000 for the road trip from Buderim to Hawks Nest and ‘Time and Money’ ended up in the front yard of the Browns’ house in Hawk Nest.

“It was a bit of a mess when we got it,” Joan Brown said.

12 months of hard work and a fair bit more money spent and the houseboat finally ended up on the back of a trailer last Friday bound for the Yamba Street wharf.

“It looks a 100 percent better than when we got it, it’s been painted, new blinds, new awnings,” Joan said.

With anxious friends looking on, ‘Time and Money’ finally slipped into the water with Robert at the helm.

“It weighs about 13 tonnes, and it’s a bit hard to steer and stop,” Robert said.

But the main thing that was worrying the Browns didn’t happen.

“It didn’t sink,” laughed Robert.

 

By Margie TIERNEY

 

HOUSEBOAT TALE: ‘Time and Money’ leaves front yard.
HOUSEBOAT TALE: ‘Time and Money’ leaves front yard.
SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.
SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.

 

HOUSEBOAT TALE: ‘Time and Money’ owner Robert Brown.
HOUSEBOAT TALE: ‘Time and Money’ owner Robert Brown.

 

SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.
SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.

 

SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.
SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.

 

SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.
SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.

 

SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.
SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.

 

SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.
SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.

 

SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.
SHIP SHAPE: Houseboat launched at Hawks Nest.

 

 

 

One thought on “Houseboat launch at Hawks Nest

  1. So glad this went well, as it should of course! I will never forget the launching of a small houseboat in Amsterdam about 8 years ago. It was lovely weather and it seemed that nothing could go wrong, Until the trailer of the houseboat hit the green algae and the trailer started to slip away. Into the water! The houseboat floated luckily, but the car just submerged into the harbor water. Unreal and really sad for the owners. The boat is still floating, it should be somewhere on this website: https://www.bookahouseboat.com/rentals/amsterdam
    Anyway – I’m glad your boat is floating and your car is still dry 😉 So thumbs up for you guys – happy houseboating!

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