Big Chip was launched at Montrose Bay in Hobart on 23/12/1982. Built by Darrel Ridgeway for his father, Ian Ridgeway, to a Max Creese/Len Randell design she was his ultimate fishing launch. She was berthed in Newtown Bay for 18 years, regularly used by the family for fishing and game fishing trips. Competed in cruiser racing at Sandy Bay and Hobart regatta’s regularly winning the prized case of champagne.
Originally powered by a TV8-510 Perkins turbo V8 Diesel she had a top speed of 24 knots and comfortable cruise of 15 -18 knots.
Her name was then changed to Genioso and she participated in the Wooden Boat Festival of 2003. The next few years saw her used for recreational pursuits by Steve Coad and family.
In December 2006 she was purchased by Rob & Anne Thompson and her name shortened to Geni. The engine was replaced by a Yanmar 4LHA and small design modifications undertaken, eg: installation of shower, replaced ice box with refrigerator, replaced tackle locker with additional storage and slide-out table. Rob & Anne live on the Huon River and delight in recreational boating regularly.