The front one looks remarkably similar to the Auckland ferry QUICKCAT which was built in 1986 at South Coogee, Western Australia. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo to show.
The design just doesn't look very "Incat" to me.
You may be right, dunno, need a more detailed picture. They are all pretty similar from a distance. I wonder if they might have gone to the UK for the Portsmouth/Ryde service under the names Our Lady Patricia and Our Lady Pamela, both of those to my knowledge started in the late 80's. Certainly very similar design. Think they have been replaced by new tonnage now....somewhere I had something about them, will try and find it.
These vessels were built late eighties in Launceston , Tasmania (Australia). I was very much involved with supplying all marine paints. The yard was then called Launceston Marine and they held (hold) the only synchrolift available in Tassie and John Van Doorn (Dutchman) was m.d. at the time.
So Incat had absolutely nothing to do with these.
The ships were designed by Stuart Ballentyne (Scot) of the Gold Coast.
I have a great series of photos available during the construction period.
We called the one vessel DOTI (you can guess why).
Without Antifouling you don't get far.
Ref Lady Of The Loch item on TV tonight, re faulty welds etc.
can Feguson not send a man and a dog up to Loch Tay and sort it out and stop phaffing around and get the thing off the ground.
According to message it is the MSA that are refusing release etc., and I cannot see the point of the owners disputing the cause faults and losing revenue for no purpose,
The old story of it wisna me it was you, typical of present day Scotland
Found a photo of QUICKCAT which I mentioned in an earlier post. The background is also interesting - the Seamens Mission directly behind with the former NSS Co. building on the right hand side of the photo, plus the tall buildings which now grace the downtown area of Auckland. (This photo is 12 years old, so there's probably taller ones now!)
I got some more info on these vessels .
Unfortunately only found two photos of the D.O.T.I. when she was laid up in Launceston for several months (abt 12 years ago), yet I have a series of photos of the building of one of the Matilda Boats (Matilda Cruises Sydney) and that one was built exactly the same way as the above vessels, also at Launceston Marine (now called: Southern Marine Shiplift).
I am also trying to find out whether both were built in Launceston as by memory one of them could have been built at Caboolture (GoldCoast near Brisbane) at the yard South Pacific Marine, I attended many vessels there and the weirdest they ever built was a Chinese junk which was to be used as a floating restaurant in Sydney, it did not even last a year and was then sent to Vietnam. I got photos when they launched her.
So I hope to come back with some photos and confirmation of above soon.
I will contact the shipyards (know the people there).
Re the Sydney Junk..I thought she ended up in Hong Kong doing lunch/dinner cruises rather than Vietnam?..although they should have had more than enough of their own junks to do the job..proper ones that is!!.
Many years ago I had a friend who owned one, well actually had it built, facinating looking at the pictures of its construction, beautifully built, real work of art. Ended up in the good old US of A many years down the track, probably still floating around somewhere out there.