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Atlanta

Vessel Number: HV000101
Date: 1963
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 11.28 m x 10.67 m x 3.66 m x 0.91 m, 14.76 tonnes (37 ft x 35 ft x 12 ft x 3 ft, 15 tons)
Registered Dimensions: 16.8 tons
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
ATLANTA is timber motor cruiser built in Sydney NSW in 1963. It is an example of the many Lars Halvorsen Sons motor cruisers built in the 1960s. The firm had been widely recognized as the premier builder of motor craft since the 1930s and ATLANTA was one of many in the 1960s that kept this reputation intact as the designs evolved to suit changing styles. It was built for a private client but later became part of the Halvorsen hire fleet.
DescriptionA large percentage of the smaller Halvorsen built motor cruisers were built for their hire-fleet business at Bobbin Head, however ATLANTA is an example of a custom built Halvorsen 37 footer. In an unusual twist, ATLANTA was later acquired by Halvorsen boats in 1974 and became a flag ship for the hire fleet until 1984 before becoming a private vessel again.

Harold Halvorsen designed ATLANTA in 1963, and it was built at the Halvorsen's Ryde yard for George Weston of Weston Radios. The carvel planked hull was powered by two Chrysler petrol engines. The vessel changed hands a number of times, including the period with the hire fleet, and from 1975 up until 1999 it was known as MINMAY. The petrol engines were later replaced with a single diesel installation. The layout features six berths, the usual open cockpit area aft and small foredeck ahead of the cabin. It is an ideal cruiser for sheltered areas such as Hawkesbury River and Cowan Creek areas north of Sydney where it cruises regularly.

ATLANTA is in excellent condition and is a fine example of the longevity of these craft. It is also a very handsome vessel and was the preferred cruiser for the Rountree family when they chartered a boat for holidays. In the 1990s ATLANTA featured as the backdrop for an Elle McPherson lingerie commercial.
Vessel Details
Ballast:internal
Ballast:water
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Hull shape:semi-displacement
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:spade rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Propeller:single
Related materials:film
Related materials:photos
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Additional Titles

Primary title: Atlanta

Previous title: Minmay

Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 533N

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