The yacht PARO’A, Swedish ketch design.
Built app. 1960-65 at Rockhampton Queensland Australia.
Superbly constructed of Eungella gum, a ‘double-ender’.
33′ waterline, 40′ o/a, 13 tons, massive lead keel.
Where is she now? Who built her? What history? Why was she neglected?
I was her owner for nearly ten years of work, freedom and fun, from the early 1980s. After six months of full-time repairs and restoration (where did I get the time and money?) at the easy-going QCYC, she was the prettiest and most eager boat to sail. Because of her sharp lines and substantial weight, she would keep her way close-hauled in the awful Moreton Bay chop which would drive most craft home after 40 knots. We once bashed back from Tangalooma with 5 trawlers lined up in our leveled-out wake, on an otherwise deserted bay.
During initial repairs, from the bilge I dug out and removed well over a ton of weird, frighteningly-heavy yellowish-brown caked substance, added for extra ballast: why? What was it? Paro’a lifted 6″ from her water-line and gained 5 knots. Remember this if you read my Land Rover Blog.
Many memories and stories and trips. My best wishes to her and whoever sails her.
June, 2014: I have been contacted recently by Linus, another owner of Paro’a for many years, who has much interesting information, memories and photographs of the yacht. He is obviously a sailor of knowledge and practical experience, and has also spent time and energy keeping Paro’a afloat. With his permission I may include our conversations and pictures on the blog.