In 1975 Robert Lane, (of Lane’s Motors fame) who held the Mercedes Benz franchise for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, commissioned Jack Pompei Boats of Mordialloc to build him a 36 motor launch for use principally as a day boat at Portsea near his beach house. Naturally the boat had a Mercedes Benz marine diesel engine fitted.
Pompei Bros at that time were one of Port Phillip’s most prolific builders of wooden boats.
After many years of great enjoyment the boat was sold to interests in Gippsland and the boat eventually fell into disrepair down there and in 2015 was purchased by Tim Phillips at the Wooden Boat Shop in Sorrento as a restoration project.
In mid 2016, I took on the project with Tim to have her restored. We wanted to bring the boat into contemporary times but maintain the classic Pompei lines that made her look so beautiful. We stripped her back to bare hull and rebuilt her completely from the hull up, with a practical cabin-top which has slightly more round in it than the traditional Pompei cabin but respects the hull lines and boat sheer.
She is fitted simply but with modern taste, a new Yanmar 110hp diesel, head, galley, sleeping quarters, hot & cold running water and practical instruments and electronics.
She is being launched mid 2018 and we hope the first time we will truly show her off is at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in February 2019 in Hobart
We’ve given her a new registration number too C198. 198 being the prototype number at the Mercedes Benz factory in Germany assigned to the famous prototype Gullwing motor vehicle
The owner intends to take her to Hobart for the Festival on her maiden crossing of Bass Strait. Andrew Skinner, owner