DREAM BOAT: Noel Ingrey has spent 20 years rebuilding a yacht, and he’s now adding the finishing touches.
DREAM BOAT: Noel Ingrey has spent 20 years rebuilding a yacht, and he’s now adding the finishing touches.

Yacht almost ready to go after 20-year restoration

NOEL Ingrey was never a man for boats, but you wouldn't know it now.

For the past 20 years, he has spent countless hours giving new life to his yacht, Kudos.

And to the disbelief of his mates, he has almost finished.

Two weeks ago he raised the mast with help from his neighbours. He lit the mast light that night.

"I definitely had my doubts at some stages (if I would even finish)," he said.

The yacht, which was built in 1969, was riddled with rot inside and out when he bought it.

He and a friend chipped in $1800 for it; that was the exact amount the owner had left to pay the bank off.

Mr Ingrey had worked on cars and bikes before, but this was a whole new challenge for him; he didn't have the slightest clue about boat building.

Noel Ingrey has spent 20 years rebuilding a yacht.
Noel Ingrey has spent 20 years rebuilding a yacht.

"We bought it thinking we could take it out on the water and go sailing," he said.

"But we realised pretty quick it wasn't seaworthy.

"It was in the old, dry storage yard at the marina in very ordinary condition."

At the time he was a young single man; now with a wife and three children, it's time to finish his project, he says.

"The kids love it. My youngest is six and oldest is 13, so he can really appreciate it," he said.

"This means more than any other project I've done before because it's been a challenge to prove to people that didn't believe I'd get it all done."

Gladstone residents might remember seeing the yacht in the 1995 Gladstone Harbour Festival.

"When it was stripped right down a local church asked if they could use it as 'Noah's Ark'."

That year it was awarded the best float.

When she was used in the Easter parade.
When she was used in the Easter parade.

"Rebuilding this yacht has taught me a few things, like which is the port and starboard side," he laughs.

"We've never had it in the water after 20 years, so I reckon it's about time we did."

The yacht has been rebuilt with marine ply wood and fibreglass. 

Mr Ingrey wants to invite keen sailors or people who may know more about the history of the yacht, to see it in its revitalised form.

He hopes to have the boat finished by April, in time to enter it into the Harbour Festival Street Parade.

Get in touch with him on email at ningrey@bigpond.com. Let us know too: email newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au.

THE YACHT:

  • Designed by Van Der State
  • Built in 1969
  • Original name: Alcyone, changed to Kudos
As she was when Noel bought her.
As she was when Noel bought her.


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