31 July 2023

Maritime Safety removes derelict yacht from Cooktown foreshore

| Sarah Martin
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Maritime Safety Queensland removed the yacht from Cooktown's boat ramp on Friday 28 July.

Maritime Safety Queensland removed the yacht from Cooktown’s boat ramp on Friday 28 July.

JUST days after Cape York Weekly published a story on the ongoing stalemate between the owners and Maritime Safety Queensland, the marine watchdog removed the Dancing Dolphin yacht from Cooktown’s boat ramp.

The yacht had been on its side next to the public boat ramp since being dragged there by the Coast Guard after it began to sink in February.

Owners Rob and Gay McDonald had lived aboard for more than 20 years, but have now made their home on land and signed the yacht over to the maritime authority which moved promptly to get rid of the boat.

A small crowd gathered on Friday to watch as the barnacle-encrusted vessel, weighing more than 10 tonnes, was lifted by crane from the mud and carted away by truck.

The vessel was taken to the Cooktown Waste Transfer Station for disposal.

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