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Steber resort vessel heading for Hayman

by John Bulmer 8 May 22:29 PDT
Launch of Sun Aura II. Following sea trials and final fitout the vessel heads up to Hayman Island. © John Bulmer

Steber International's latest vessel off its Taree production line will be heading for Hayman Island after final fitout and sea trials on the Manning River.

The 38ft (11.5m) flybridge cruiser was launched on high tide following a dawn transfer from Steber's Elizabeth Street factory in an attempt to minimise disruption to other businesses in the industrial area.

With a total height of 6.5m above the roadway the transfer was slow, with full escorts in place and assistance from Essential Energy raising power cables.

The "Sun Aura II" will have a top speed of 30 knots carrying 16 passengers and crew in what will be the Whitsunday's premiere charter vessel.

Steber General Manager, Alan Steber said: "This is the first resort boat to be built to the new Australian Maritime Safety Authority's National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Code".

"Changes include the addition of structural fire protection, flood subdivision and stability criteria to name just a few.

"Although the. Essex has minimal electronics, it is all state-of-the-art due to heightened expectations of the new regulations", Mr Steber said.

They new vessel is replacing Sun Aura I, built by Steber back in 1989 and still going strong. It will be sold following arrival of the new vessel.

Hayman Island has undergone an extensive refurbishment since Cyclone Debbie in March, 2017 and Sun Aura II is an integral part of that "makeover.

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