Name: Venus
Boat Owner: Philip Bragg & Barbara Weetman
Designer: Williams, A.G.
Builder: unknown

This lovely motor launch was built as a racing cruiser and formerly known as “Skye”. She was frequently raced on the River Derwent and legend has it that she was capable of 27 knots of speed. Unfortunately, most records of this boat’s history seem to have been lost in a fire at the Motor Yacht Club. Some old timers from Cygnet remember her and her 2 sister vessels on the Huon River many years ago. Both the latter two vessels now seem to have disappeared. This boat is special as very few wooden racing cruisers of this or any other era still exist. Skye was restored after storm damage at the North West Bay Marina about 23 years ago. She was renovated and restored by Philip Bragg, a former boat builder and building contractor, with a new interior in traditional style with Celery Top Pine boards and re-registered and renamed “Venus” at that time. She is much loved and enjoyed by her current owners and often cruises the River Derwent, D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon River.

LOD feet: 31
Hull Timber: Celery Top Pine
Type of Boat: Motor launch
State: Tasmania
Built: unknown
Location: CDDAV