Beached boat moved to final resting place before demolition
A CONVOY of vehicles and heavy machinery, with 15m crabbing boat in tow, had heads turning at Mooloolaba yesterday morning as the Matahari was dragged 1.5km along the beach to its final resting place.
Crews are expected to begin taking apart the Matahari today, after it was moved to a safer, more accessible location in front of beach access 195, near the Parkyn Pde fisheries precinct.
The dump truck with boat in tow moved at walking speed with an excavator, three escort vehicles keeping the public at a safe distance, and a bobcat smoothing the disturbed sand.
Fibreglass cutters will be used to tear apart the boat over the coming days, with an excavator loading the pieces into a dump truck to be scrapped.
Beach access 195 will remain closed while the boat is dismantled.
Claytons Towing owner Mike Clayton said the greatest concern during the operation was that the damaged hull would tear apart on the sand, leaving debris in the popular bathing and tourist zone at Mooloolaba Beach.
"That was more nerve-wracking than anything," Mr Clayton said.
"I had no hair before, and the last couple of hairs have gone with the amount of planning that's gone on here.
"It's been a real task."
The operation has cost insurers tens of thousands of dollars.