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AFTER more than 20 years of construction of a 60-foot catamaran, the magnificent beast made its trek from Ingleburn to Milperra overnight, and finally touched down into the water at high tide this morning.
Leaving from Ingleburn at midnight, the vessel made its way to the Newbridge Rd boat ramp, taking up three lanes of traffic, before it was hoisted up to be placed into the Georges River.
The watercraft was constructed by Minto’s Ernie Walker, 76, with the help of a number of friends over the years.
Devoting so much time and energy into the project, Mr Walker struggled to recall exactly how long it had taken to construct the awe-inspiring vessel.
“I don’t know, it feels like it’s taken half my life,” he said. “It’s been an on-and-off project for so long.”
He said he was inspired to construct the catamaran after an enjoyable time he had years ago.
“I went on a holiday on a boat in the Whitsundays, and I thought ‘this would be a great way to spend the rest of my life’,” he said.
The catamaran is the Macarthur region’s second to hit the water in just a few months. Camden’s Hore family dropped their 16-year project Gizzmo into the Georges River in November.
Mr Walker hasn’t yet settled on a name for his watercraft.
Having worked on the project for so long, he said he’d be unsure what it would be like to spend the rest of his days enjoying the completed product through Sydney’s waters.
“It’s going to be a massive change in lifestyle, that’s for sure,” he said.
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