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Magnetic Island
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or a couple
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 47348
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: April 13, 2016

We are offering accomodation incl. meals on Magnetic Island in the Great Barrier Reef; in return we need support in refurbishing our historic timber sailing ship. We are a couple with grown-up kids (all out of the house), four happy, gentle dogs, a cat and a small tropical garden. The house and boat are strictly non-smoking inside, but a smoko on the verandah or terrace is no problem. And we're just normal healthy eaters, so no fancy diets - just regular good food. Diabetics & gluten-free probably can be accommodated, but so far we have no experience in this.

We are looking for kind and gentle people with previous experience in boat restoration, carpentry, painting, and canvaswork, as our boat is in need of a proper refurbishment. A desire to work on a classic boat and the ability for teamwork is required, as many processes are very different to those on steel or fibreglass vessels. Work would be carried out jointly with one of the owners, as on one hand we'd like to guide you towards what needs to be done, on the other hand we are keen to learn the "tools of the trades" (and some work also requires more than a pair of hands). This does not imply that we're 'constantly on your back', but one of us might just be working alongside on different projects on the boat (eg the entire interior needs varnishing & painting, we know how to do this, but it's a truckload of boring brushwork and good to have company). There also will be sufficient time off in the afternoons and evenings, so that you can explore our beautiful island and its surrounds, laze around on its beaches and have a very relaxing time. We love it here, and we hope that you will too.

Examples of work that needs to be done and where we need help are painting the hull, painting the decksides and deck, minor timber repairs above waterline, sewing covers for above deck structures. More intricate work is required on the installation of an LPG stove and hot water boiler, as well as the LPG locker on deck (this would require a licensed and certified gas fitter).

A few words about the ship: "Seascout" is a 1923 timber gaff ketch that was designed as a pleasure craft for two by Walter Reeks and built by Morrison & Sinclair in Balmain (Sydney). Over the years she went through a number of owners and worked for 40 years as a commercial fishing vessel (mackerel, shark & tuna) before being rescued in 1990 from the chainsaw and painstakingly rebuild using its original plans from the ground up over a period of 10 years. The only non-period addition that has been made is a spacious wheelhouse instead of a large open racing cockpit. A symphony in Tasmanian timbers "Seascout" turns heads wherever she goes; she is in the National Archive & on the historic register and one of the very few surviving Australian sailing vessels of its period (most likely the only ketch ever designed by Walter Reeks).

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