Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania

Egeria Collage

The Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania (MYC) is a club that has a focus on boating but also provides facilities which the general public can utilise for a variety of social, community and private purposes. MYC promotes and encourages the building and use of motor boats, yachts and other marine craft; the service of seamanship and navigation; and motor boat racing, by the promotion of regattas and races, and trials of speed and endurance. MYC also formulates rules to govern races and trials; represents and protects the interests of motor boat owners and operators; and promotes and furthers motor boating across Tasmania.

The ML Egeria, popularly known as the Governor’s Launch, was launched in 1941. It was commandeered by the Navy for the duration of World War II after which it resumed its intended role as executive vessel for the Marine Board of Hobart. It is currently the only known surviving Hobart-based vessel that has seen service in World War II.

ML Egeria was owned by the former Marine Board of Hobart. In October 2007, the MYC agreed to assume ownership and management to ensure the vessel would remain in Tasmania and be available for its traditional role as the Governor’s Launch. The MYC provides a secure mooring for the ML Egeria and, through a dedicated group of volunteer Club members, maintains the vessel in a ready state to undertake official duties and charity work. The same group of volunteers also crew the vessel when being used on official duties and charters.

With funding support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, MYC was able to undertake significant maintenance on the historic wooden vessel. The specialised work included stripping the hull back to bare timber, then re-splining the planking to achieve a water-tight seal. Once splined and sanded, the hull was re-painted ready for re-launching.

A significant part of the preparation work was carried out by volunteers including the removal of all of the existing paint above the waterline and anti-fouling below the waterline, to expose the bare timber. Once the timber was exposed, the professional boat builders completed the re-splining.