The launch of the Wayfinder at Port St Francis by St Francis Marine
A luxury 50ft Catamaran, built by St Francis Marine for author Hugh Howey, was launched at Port St Francis yesterday (Thursday 10th September). Built at a cost of over R12 million the yacht is fitted with the latest technologies and will soon sail the world’s Oceans.
The diminishing value of the South African Rand may be of concern for importers but bodes well for companies like St Francis Marine. It is unlikely such a magnificent vessel could be built in the US for under a US$ 1 million and no doubt US and international buyers will be banging on Duncan Lethbridge’s door with more orders. In the large group of spectators watching the launch was a South African couple now resident in Reno, Arizona, here to witness the launch of Way Finder before placing their order for similar yacht with Duncan today.
In a bit of fun before the yacht was eased down to the water, a launch assistant had trouble disembarking the huge vessel and was given a helping hand by Hugh who lifted him off the aft stairs and carried a short way before setting him down safely.