|Photographer:||Clyde Dickens [View profile]||Title:||PRINCESS ILUKA||Added:||Jan 24, 2011|
|Captured:||January 24, 2011||IMO:||Unavailable||Hits:||559|
|Sydney Harbour, Athol Bay. 24 January 2011.
Length: 35.35m, 116'
Beam: 6.2m, 20'
Draft: 2.4m, 8'
Engines: Twin V-12 Mercedes; Generators: 2 x Cummins4BT 3.
Water Capacity: 3200 l, 845 g
Cruising Speed: 10Kts
Max Speed: 12.5Kts
ILUKA is an aboriginal word meaning "by the sea".
The yacht was originally constructed by Ray Kemp in Tasmania in 1979 however Princess Iluka has undergone an extensive refit and rebuild over a period of three years. Her hull timbers were stripped bare to make way for her transformation. The owners have been sympathetic to the yacht's heritage. The naval architect was Bernie Cohen.
The timber used in PRINCESS ILUKA’s construction included Tasmanian oak and Huon pine. The timbers were logged and milled around 1964 in the Gordon River region in the south west wilderness of Tasmania. This area is renowned for its unique huon pines, which was the most sought after boat building material, mainly due to its resistance to rot and borers. The huon pine used for Iluka's hull was over 750 years old and once harvested, was left to cure for two years before building could commence. The timber which forms the keel is one continuous piece of spotted gum which took three weeks to extract from the forest. A construction of this type would not be possible today as the timber is now a protected species.