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Vessel Number: HV000211
Date: 1918
Builder: EA Jack
Designer: EA Jack
Vessel Dimensions: 9.75 m x 2.9 m x 0.99 m (32 ft x 9.5 ft x 3.25 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
RONDA is an example of a motor launch built by the important regional Tasmanian boatbuilder EA 'Ned' Jack, from Launceston, in 1918. It was well known in the area and was active in the Tamar Yacht Club's motor events of the period.
DescriptionRONDA was built for Launceston identity Edwin Hart as a pleasure craft. A copy of a receipt for the boat dated 24th October 1918 suggests it was launched around that time. It is possible that it was also designed by E A 'Ned' Jack, because he is known to have designed many of the craft he built.

The 9.75 m (32 ft) motor launch is planked in Huon pine with copper fastenings. The original motor was a 5 kW (7 hp) Regal petrol engine, and it carried rock ballast for trim and stability. It now has a Perkins diesel engine installed, and a deck of plywood and timber planking. Otherwise it retains much of its original material, and all of its original hull shape.

RONDA has a plumb stem and elegant counter stern, an overhang typical of early motor launches which motored at a modest speed. It also has a raised deck, another common feature of the period.

The launch was featured in the book 'The Tamar Boats' by Betty Percy, wife of Dudley Percy, a previous owner in the 1960s. Edwin Hart was a member of the influential Hart family who were well known in Launceston and had previously owned the yacht ROONA ( HV000189).

In 2008 RONDA remained in good condition as an example of 'Ned' Jack's craftsmanship from the early 20th century.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Current status:outside
Deck layout:cabin
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:overhanging transom
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel-short
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:skeg rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
ships:ships:ship:Byzantine ships:wheelhouse
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 34804

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