Maid of Martha
Maid of Martha designed by Ken Lacco and built by Alec Lacco, whose family was one of the premier boat building families of Victoria. Originally from Queenscliff, they helped build the Bass strait fishing fleet. Maid of Martha was a non commercial commission for the Bowen family. A Gardner 6LW engine was ordered from the UK and timber from a mill in Strahan.The design is basically a super sized couta boat with box in the middle, the high stern gives her sailing ability as well as sea keeping. Dressed 3/4′ Huon Pine carvel over laminated Huon close spaced ribs makes for little to no movement in the hull the keel is wrapped in copper and a lead fillet added for ballest results in a nax heel angle. 30% a ketch rig with over rated stays and spars with duel steering via torque bar down the starboard side and worm quad make her very strong ridged boat at home in the open ocean. She has high bulwarks with extensive S/S fittings externally, giving her a distinctive quality classic look with a blend of timber and paint with S/S highlights.
Layout comprises forrard cabin with 4 berths, shower & head, central saloon with engine room under, engine placed so cylinders are above water line, gen, invert,fridg, batt, pumps all easy access. Owners cabin aft with shower & head, with steering position above. All woodwork and joinery are of the highest standard with African Mahogany and laminated beems. Throughout her life the Maid has been maintained as new, with new rigging, water tanks, plumbing, wiring, navigation, etc. Gardener 6LW is in perfect order and looks near new, with 8000 hours out of an estimated 50,000 hours until l first overhaul. International paint is used exclusively with the hull and decks on a 5 year rotation and yearly bottom coat, bright work when needed. She is a handsome craft that is well maintained and loved.