Charter 55' Canal Boat in Hobart, Tasmania

Canal Boat
55 ft
10 Guests

About This Boat

Enjoy Hobart, Tasmania by boat!

Charter a 55 ft "Preana" Canal Boat for up to 12 people. Rates as low as $950 AUD per day.

Preana was built in Hobart in 1896 as a luxury yacht for Mr Gibson. a wealthy flour miller and MP. Boat was 55 feet long and was powered by a Simpson Strickland triple expansion engine taking steam from a Kingdon boiler.

A feature of the design was the slender hull with cantilevered decks to make her wider. Boat was used by Mr Gibson to entertain his friends and there are several photos of her at the Royal Hobart Regatta and similar events in the early years of the 20 th century.

Preana was re-launched in 2005, it soon became apparent that there was a stability problem. The slender hull was probably never very stable and with the extra layer of strip planking fitted during the restoration, it floated high out of the water and it was very tender.

There was no room within the hull for extra ballast and so at the suggestion of a naval architect a heavy stell keel was made and fitted beneath the hull. This looks quite strange when the ship is seen on the slip however it has solved the problem and the vessel was passed as safe for use in sheltered waters by the surveyor.


  • $95 AUD per person for 90 mins
  • $950 AUD per day (for 10 person)

Prices include food and beverages.


  • $475 AUD


  • Type: Canal Boat
  • Capacity: 10 People
  • Year: 1896
  • Rental Minimum: 1 day
  • Length: 55 ft
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 1 Day Prior


  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Wheel steering
  • Inboard Engine
  • CD Player
  • Single Engine

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