Jacaranda is a one off, Don Muir designed, converted Tasmanian fishing vessel. She was built between 1958 and 1960 in Tasmania for use by her builders, the Griggs brothers. She is a superb example of a motor launch used for couta fishing in the region, and is a contrast to the well-known sailing couta boats from Victoria. She was used for couta fishing in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel area to the south of Hobart. In 1963 she went north to the Tasman Peninsula and fished for tuna out of Pirates Bay for many years, owned by Toby Lyell and then Alf Gough.
All Previous Owners: Jack and Ray Griggs , Toby Lyell, Alf Gough, Eileen Kennedy, Kelvin Cruises, Geoff Anderson, Geoff Darcy, Ron Massie and David and Sharon Powell.
She is registered as an Australian Historical Vessel (HV000559), she has classic lines, has been fastidiously cared for and always draws much attention and comments from passers by. Stunning varnished Australian Red Cedar coachouse, fwd hatch & toe-rails along with a superb internal fitout by Tasmanian shipwright Ron Crawford in Birdseye Huon Pine, Fiddle-back Myrtle and Australian Cedar. Jacaranda has always remained in Tasmania. She is now used as a private vessel with a larger wheelhouse and cabin arrangement. The craft has retained the mast that it was built with, but a furling jib and mainsail are now incorporated making her a small motor-sailer.