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Hurrica V: The Great Gatsby Yacht

Hurrica V under sail
A major rebuild of this classic beauty consumed many years and—as real-life owner Steve Gunns puts it— "two truckloads of cash." But the final result was worth it, as you can see from her long overhangs and graceful sheer.
Hurrica V was a sizable yacht by Australian standards when she was launched in 1924 for a wealthy Melbourne wool grazier. A triple-headed auxiliary ketch designed by Charles E Nicholson, she was splendidly maintained by three live-on-board paid hands until 1938. She also served in World War II, though without her masts, under the name "Stingray."
After the war Hurrica V returned to private use, and she was only out of service a few times during her lifetime. This latest refit was the most recent of several that were designed to accommodate the wishes of different owners throughout her long life.
The extensive rebuild was managed by Steve Gunns, who describes himself as Hurrica V's "part-owner, project manager, design manager, sourcing manager, maintenance manager and general dogs body for 10 years."
The cabin was also completely replaced, and then immaculately finished.
Hatches were built new based on classic designs, to bring light and air into the cabin.
Hurrica V now has modern wiring and many modern systems, all discreetly hidden from view.
Hurrica V Launch
Sliding into the water in 2011 after her stem to stern rebuild, Hurrica V shows her classic lines: long continuous keel, spoon bow, and harmonious sheer.
Much of the hardware was custom made, like these wood blocks.
Custom fittings, including this bronze mast step, bring classic styling to new metal.
To make her easier to sail, Hurrica V is no longer gaff-rigged. Here is the new mast, stepped for the first time.
Bruce Stannard of Maritime Heritage Press wrote in Afloat magazine about Hurrica V: “I have seen some amazing restorations over the years, but this was something quite extraordinary. She is without doubt, among the finest vessels of her type anywhere in the world."

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