That is Rob Clifford pictured above. He's the hero. Quite a few years back some negligent sailor hit the bridge that spans the Derwent River in Hobart, bring it down and stranding thousands who travelled daily from one side of the river t'other. Rob was quick off the mark with a ferry service. He made not just his name but a boatload of money too.
He sank that money into boat-building. And not just any boats but the best in the world Catamarans. We raised a glass or two to Rob. The world came to Hobart wanting what he could build.
The pristine and sheltered waters that I see from my quarters' windows are home to his boats and their 'sea trials'.
They are built for far more stormy seas and busier sea lanes, as far afield as North America. The folk there lay claim to having the World's Fastest Ferry.
But it was built by Australians just up-river from me.
Rob's cats leave every other ship in their wake.
|Trials in Tasmanian waters|
Maybe you will get to ride on one, one day.
(They have a bar on board so....)