In October 1996, as a retirement project, I purchased the Huon Hunter from Mr. William H. Ladd who was based in Queensland. He used it extensively for cruising particularly along the eastern seaboard of the mainland and successfully competing in several navigation trials. He also owned the Tasmanian built Derwent Hunter which was run by his son as a Whitsunday charter sailing vessel
When I purchased the Huon Hunter she was in a very run-down condition. I stripped her complete hull, cabin and decks to bare wood. I replaced the deck with new marine ply and fibreglass. The cabin is now varnished, top- sides white, boot-top blue and red anti-fouling. After the failure of the existing engine I had a fully rebuilt 120 HP. Ford Lehman diesel engine installed by well known shipwright Mr. Ray Kemp of Woodbridge, Tasmania.
After 22 years the interior restoration is almost completed.