Hurrica V is a classic English gentleman’s sailing yacht, born in the glamour of the Edwardian era of March 1924. As a sizable and significant yacht of its period, Hurrica V was a triple-headed gaff auxiliary ketch to the design of the esteemed Charles E Nicholson, built in Sydney by Australia’s premier boatyard W M Ford. She was launched for wealthy wool pastoralist of Melbourne, William Oliver, with splendid maintenance by three live-aboard paid hands. Hurrica V was the feature yacht at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria until 1938. The elegant hull has graceful lines now rarely drawn – a long continuous keel with a well-proportioned form, and is the founding of a capable and sea-kindly yacht. Characteristic of the period, Hurrica V’s harmonious sheer ends in pronounced overhangs at a spoon bow, and counter stern with retrouse transom.
With 80 hard years behind, weathering two cyclones, a beaching, years of tropic war service and considerable neglect, a much-needed bare shell restoration was carried out by Australia’s now premier boatyard Norman R Wrights & Sons of Brisbane. Hurrica V’s hull of Browns Pine on Spotted Gum hardwood frame is now in better and stronger condition than new. Styling and craftsmanship of varnished Mahogany deck house and butterfly skylights adorn the deck, retaining the style and allure of a bygone era.
While respecting her past, Hurrica V has been restored to be sailed again with carefully concealed and flawlessly incorporated systems and subtle modern amenities for practical living on deck and below. Hurrica V now superbly fitted, can be easily managed as a private yacht without paid hands. With robust construction and now converted from gaff to a bermudan rig (based on a 1923 Nicholson profile), berths for 8 and 2 bathrooms, Hurrica V can operate for corporate work, or more aptly as a unique private yacht as she was first built. Attention to detail in this restoration has been taken to very high levels, and the result is a structure, systems and finish that is equal to the very best.
After the restoration, Hurrica V returned to her home port at Newport Sydney in early 2011. She has since proven herself as a bona fide yacht with recent double crossings of the notorious Bass Strait to Hobart (with a maximum pace of 11.6 knots), and a recent 4000 km voyage to Australia’s Hamilton Island to attend Race Week. No race was won but Hurrica won the Concourse de Elegance.