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Vessel Number: HV000105
Date: 1936
Builder: V L Hunt
Vessel Dimensions: 9.14 m x 9.14 m x 3.2 m x 1.1 m, 9.84 tonnes (30 ft x 30 ft x 10.5 ft x 3.6 ft, 10 tons)
Registered Dimensions: 9.14 m x 3.2 m x 1.22 m, 13.15 tons (30 ft x 10.5 ft x 4 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
SEAFARER is a West Australian, amateur built motor launch from 1936, built by its owner VL Hunt. It was involved with early time-trial and racing events in Western Australia after World War II and remains in use as a recreational vessel. It is a fine example of amateur boat building, a popular method in Australia for people to end up owning a craft that they might not otherwise be able to afford from a professional builder. It also has historical significance as one of the many craft requisitioned in World War II for war service.
DescriptionSEAFARER was home-built by its owner V.L. Hunt in 1936 at his home in South Perth. One of the Hunt family's children recalls holding the dolly as his father roved the nails in the planking. The construction features typical Western Australian timbers such as jarrah, and imported oregon, stock that was readily available at the time. SEAFARER was used for family recreation and was originally fitted with a Ford A petrol motor.

During World War II the navy requisitioned SEAFARER for the Naval Auxiliary Patrol and it was in their service from 28 July 1943 to 20 July 1945, and listed as Navy hull # 732. After the war it was bought by the Stannard family and in 1950 it went on to Jack Mattinson, (then Commodore of Royal Perth Yacht Club). Seafarer was instrumental in the beginning of time trial competitions for launches on the Swan River. When numbers were first allocated to the yacht clubs for the time trialing boats, SEAFARER wore the first 100 number. It came second in one of the annual Fremantle to Rottnest power boat race in the 1940s.

The original number 100 board is now preserved behind glass, as the 'Seafarer Perpetual Trophy' and is presented to the winner of the 'Seafarer Marathon Invitation Time Trial'. There is also a Seafarer Balcony in the RPYC clubhouse. A brass plate skillfully engraved with a line drawing of SEAFARER was unveiled by the Commodore when the balcony was officially named after the craft on June the 11th 2000. The RPYC also commissioned a fine model to be built and put this on display in their clubhouse.

SEAFARER remains in good condition and is used as a recreational motor launch on the Swan River and out of Fremantle. SEAFARER is still a regular time trial competitor at the South of Perth Yacht Club, which has inaugurated the annual ‘Seafarer’s Measure’ trophy in honour of the vessel's unique association with the sport.

Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Current status:outside
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck layout:multiple decks
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Related materials:awards/trophies
Related materials:film
Related materials:interviews
Related materials:models
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:references
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Additional Titles

Previous title: Seafarer III

Primary title: Seafarer

Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 497

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