The Why Knot, it’s original name, was built in Rosny for a Western Australian owner who then engaged a crew including Richard Taylor, who helped build the boat, to deliver it from Tasmania to Perth via the top end. It was then cruised extensively in Asia and Australian waters, finally being sold and virtually abandoned in Shark Bay, W.A.
The next owner, a Perth industrialist, undertook a complete restoration about four years ago but died this year before completion. The present owner acquired the boat in May this year and brought it by road to Sorrento, Victoria where it’s restoration is being completed to the highest traditional standard in time for Hobart 2019.
Whilst it’s design is very similar to a Laurent Giles ‘Salar 40’, we are informed by Richard Taylor that it is in fact a ‘stretched’ version of an English, Port Hamble design know as a Horizon 36.