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GELO in 2008 on the mid north coast of NSW.

Gelo

Vessel Number: HV000224
Date: 1949
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 13.11 m x 4.37 m x 1.37 m, 15 tonnes (43 ft x 14.33 ft x 4.5 ft, 15.24 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
GELO is a medium-sized motor cruiser from Lars Halvorsen Sons Ltd completed in 1949. It is unusual in that the vessel's styling shows it is based on Halvorsen's smaller 11 m (36 ft) long standard cruisers, rather than the typical longer raised-deck flying-bridge designs.
DescriptionGELO is 13.1 m (43 ft) long features a low forward cabin and raised cabin over the helm, saloon and cockpit. It has a single chine, vee-bottom hull form planked in oregon.

GELO was built at the Halvorsen's Ryde yard on the Parramatta River, NSW and completed on 29 September 1949. The job number was 938 and it was built on commission for joint owners George Bryant and Leo Tutt as a recreational cruiser.

Halvorsen records note that in December of that year a dinghy was built for GELO. The dinghy's job number was 962 suggesting the firm was enjoying a healthy order book in 1949.

GELO appears to have changed hands half a dozen times since it was launched, and between 1981 and 1994 it was named SIECHEL. It has travelled widely along the NSW and Queensland coast, going as far north as Yeppoon. For a number of years it is understood to have been based in Queensland. On one occasion in 1979 it had members of the Queensland Opera Association aboard, along with opera personalities Richard Bonynge and his wife Joan Sutherland.

In 2008 it remained in largely original condition including the original General Motors six cylinder engine, with only minor repairs having been made to the superstructure.
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 layout:multiple decks
Deck material and construction:timber plywood
Hull material and construction:batten seam
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:plywood/chineply/chine
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:chines
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Hull shape:semi-displacement
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:skeg rudder
Motor propulsion:2-stroke2 cycle
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Propeller:single
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Additional Titles

Primary title: Gelo

Previous title: Siechel

Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: ADB358N

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