UPDATE 5pm:

Johann Wagner's catamaran, Silver Lining has been floating in Turkey Beach since 11pm last night.

Mr Wagner's son, Zoheb sent in photos of the catamaran to The Observer today.

Silver Linings in Turkey Beach. Photo Contributed
Silver Linings in Turkey Beach. Photo Contributed Contributed

UPDATE FRIDAY: Some retirees take up golf and play bowls, but not 76-year-old Johann Wagner.

The Turkey Beach resident has built his own catamaran from scratch, in his shed.

Five years after starting the project, yesterday he was ready to launch. It was the end of a long journey Mr Wagner was thrilled to successfully reach.

"I had prostate cancer in 2008 and after I had recovered, I needed a hobby," he said.

"I took a year's break and in January 2010 I started building it. I am happy with what I have done. I have three kids and a wife and they all helped me."

Mr Wagner's wife Shah has been there next to her husband on the journey from day one.

"I have been awake since 4 this morning. Johann was so excited and nervous so I have been calming him down," she laughed.

"He has worked so hard the whole time. I am very proud of him.

SETTING SAIL: Turkey Beach resident Johann Wagner has sailed the Indian Ocean before and can’t wait to visit South Africa on his new creation, Silver Lining.
SETTING SAIL: Turkey Beach resident Johann Wagner has sailed the Indian Ocean before and can’t wait to visit South Africa on his new creation, Silver Lining. Laura Mckee

"He had bowel cancer in 2013. He was in hospital on Christmas Day in intensive care. He kept building the boat through that.

"He is a strong man."

The catamaran is called Silver Lining. It has two bathrooms, a kitchen, two queen beds and two double beds. It is 44.5ft long and made of more than four tonnes of aluminium. The whole boat weighs eight tonnes.

Mr Wagner is a marine engineer and diesel fitter by trade. The catamaran is his second project. He building a 57-foot yacht, which he sold.

The boat was scheduled to float at midnight last night.

Johann Wagner is moving his boat into the water after five years.
Johann Wagner is moving his boat into the water after five years. Laura McKee

THURSDAY: A Turkey Beach man who has spent five years building a catamaran is today launching his vessel.

Johann Wagner, 76, loaded the boat onto a truck around lunchtime for its trip to the water.

The boat, called Silver Lining, is 13.5m long and weighs eight tonnes.

Mr Wagner started building it in 2010 after recovering from prostate cancer.

He spent seven days a week working on the labour of love.

It's the second boat he has built, with the first being a yacht.

The catamaran was built in a big shed on Mr Wagner's acreage property at Turkey Beach.

The boat builder had been collecting parts for his masterpiece since 1986.

Mr Wagner and his wife Shah hope to take the catamaran to islands in the Gladstone region, to Fiji and possibly to South Africa.



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