Purpose built for the original owner s of Central
Coast Ferries, SARATOGA is a modern aluminum catamaran. The SARATOGA
in QLD in 2003 by custom boat builders New Wave Catamarans. Although
the SARATOGA is a “high speed” ferry, it is operated
as a “slow” ferry on the regular passenger run from
Woy Woy – Empire Bay, via Davistown & Saratoga ( hence
SARATOGA is powered by 2 Cummins 6BT Diesel engines, 220 HP each,
which are efficient and clean diesel fuel engines due to their
rigid maintenance program by the crew. The vessel is in survey
78 passengers plus 2 crew comfortably. There is a partially covered
rear deck plus fully covered boat deck. SARATOGA is a sturdy
and stable vessel, which allows easy access for passengers with
(dependent upon wharves).
SARATOGA has modern electronics with radar & chart plotters on
board should the skippers need them, plus a depth sounder & 27MG
radio. There is also a CD player/radio on board.
SARATOGA is 11.97m long, 5.41m wide and has a depth of 1.70m.
The vessels propellers are protected by “skegs” due to the
shallow waterways of the coast. Since SARATOGA was launched, the
vessel has carried more than 360,000 passengers safely and on time!
Recently, SARATOGA has been refurbished with new carpets
and new seating is on order. SARATOGA is also used for
to waterfront restaurants, and is also available for group
bookings and private charters. SARATOGA also can be hired
passengers to Pittwater & the Hawkesbury River systems (conditions apply).
A sturdy and sound vessel, Australian designed and built,
SARATOGA has many years ahead as a safe and reliable
vessel for our
waterways – in
fact our commuters say that you can set your watch by the SARATOGA’s
Launch CODOCK II
- Built Circa 1945
- Construction Keel, Stem, Ribs are Australian Hardwoods.
- Planking is Oregon, Decking is Beech (under renovation)
- Displacement tonnage 16 tonnes
- Dimensions Length 40’ Beam 12’ Draft 5’
- Passenger capacity 49 + 2 crew
- Power Gardner Marine Diesel Engine Model 5LW 5 cylinders of
- 4.25” Bore & 6” Stroke developing 70BHP
The hull of the CODOCK II was built during or immediately
after World War II, as a standard 40’ workboat destined for
the defence forces. These vessels were almost exclusively powered
by the model 671 Grey Marine Diesel engines (the Detroit Diesels
of today). Originally CODOCK II would have been fitted with very
limited accommodation for two in a short trunk cabin forward, with
a shelter for the crew t the steering station, with an open well
aft of that for carrying cargo and or personnel.
This particular vessel was acquired by Cockatoo
Dockyard in 1947 and converted to the layout seen to-day as a passenger
vessel to ferry employees to and from Cockatoo Island and to and
from ships around the harbour.
CODOCK II shared these duties with a number of
similar vessels, some of whom are still working on the harbour,
however CODOCK II was given special attention such as her interior
finish in teak to also serve as the VIP launch assigned to other
duties such as transporting special guests of the company and carrying
management when attending special functions etc.
Much of the construction, modification and repair
work on these vessels were done by the apprentices on Cockatoo
Dockyards. It is not unusual when removing fittings etc for repair
or replacement, to find a name or a date written underneath. The
interior varnished teak trim was the waste or off cuts salvaged
from the refitting of merchant and passenger vessels that had seen
war service and were restored at Cockatoo (and other shipyards)
for handing back to their owners for normal civilian service.
Despite her years, CODOCK II is a very sound vessel,
her under planking is protected by copper sheathing, but most importantly
whilst she has had a busy sixty or so years of continuos hard service,
CODOCK II has undergone annual slipping and survey as a passenger
CODOCK II was in daily service up until Cockatoo
Dockyard was shut down. She was purchased at that time at auction
by Doyle’s of Watson’s Bay, and after some modifications
it was intended to use her to transport patrons from Circular Quay
to Watson’s Bay and return; however she did not see extensive
service and was purchased by a Rossmans Ferries for a period and
then by Moonlight Charters in 1995. She was used to transport picnickers
to various Harbour Islands and similar short trips.
CODOCK II was purchased by her present owners Central
Coast Ferries in 2006 for use on a new expanded ferry run linking
Woy Woy , Hardys Bay & Ettalong areas. She is undergoing a
restoration by Conway Marine over the next few years, which will
include having her beech deck re laid. These family owned enterprises
are passionate about the waterways and its history.