Eagle is a Peter Cole-designed 46 foot wooden yacht, built of one and a quarter inch huon pine strip planks, edge fastened. She was built on the banks of Tasmania’s Tamar River in 1981 at the Stronarch (formerly Teasdale) boat yard. With a typical Peter Cole rolled, flush ply deck over steamed cedar frames, this powerful mast-head sloop was built for Richard Winspear and competed in numerous Sydney to Hobart races. In the late 1980s, Eagle was modified by the great Ben Lexcen (of Australia ll, America’s Cup fame) with modifications to the keel and rubber design before(being?) beautifully sheathed externally in fiberglass before(prior to?) completing the 1990 Sydney-Hobart classic. In 1995, Hudson’s of Sydney fitted out the interior with light timbers to compliment the exquisite below decks exposed Huon hull. The fit out was done to an exacting standard, creating an impeccable luxury cruiser that is easily handled and particularly well-behaved in a sea. This fast Passagemaker was purchased by John Eastway (writer of the ABC’s Mother and Son series) who fastidiously maintained her until 2012 when she was purchased by the current owner, Bill Amann, of Western Australia. She is Sydney-registered but is penned in her home state of Tasmania where she frequently plies the waters of the Derwent and East Coast.