Boat Owner
Rodney & Loris Barton-Johnson
Ken Lacco
Ken Lacco

After we purchased Rosebud, subsequent to her being burnt in 2003, we have completely replaced and raised the deck to make it full head height below deck. This involved adding new ribs and planking with Tasmanian timbers. We have undertaken extensive works and had to learn new shipwright skills (eg steaming), undertaking all the work ourselves, based in Prince of Wales Bay.
The main engine a Detroit 892 2-stroke diesel, located mid-ship in a walk-in engine room, was not damaged by the fire and remains operational. It was painted and fitted with a new specially-fabricated exhaust system. The original generator was re-built after the fire. Rosebuds current re-fit includes a queen sized cabin next to a cabin with double bed and 2 bunks sharing a bathroom. A double bow cabin with ensuite makes this boat able to sleep 8 people below deck plus 2 above in a double convertible lounge.
A large saloon area, galley and helm have been designed and constructed on the upper level. The galley features a full-sized fridge and freezer, oven and hotplates and range-hood with ample storage.
The helm is adjacent to the galley featuring a Raymarine plotter and a modified dental chair as the captains chair.
The conversion of this boat from a commercial vessel to our private cruiser has been a labour of love for us over the last 15 years.

LOD feet
Hull Timber
Jarrah & Celery Top Pine
Type of Boat