Heathcote's Denis Carroll has a love of building boats.BARBARA SUNGAILA February 22, 2013 4:40am
Heathcote’s Denis Carroll’s passion for paddleboats began more than 30 years ago.
That love for boats has resulted in him building two boats, the most recent of which was sold last week.
‘‘I think I always had a bit of a romantic interest in steam, probably from the early days,’’ he said.
‘‘We used to go to Echuca and steam was the big thing up in Echuca of course.’’
His first boat was built over 12 years while he was still working as a builder.
‘‘The idea was that when I retired, my wife and I would retire on the river,’’ he said.
‘‘But my wife’s a professional dressmaker and you can’t really do bridals and debutantes and all that sort of stuff when you’re travelling around.
‘‘It never ever got to that stage so I sold it to a farmer over in Murray Bridge in South Australia, and we became family friends and still are. Not long after, he started to talk me into building another boat.’’
For the past four years, Mr Carroll has worked on his second boat.
‘‘This boat was built purely on that basis, but I’d retired by then and I love that sort of work and it gave me something to do,’’ he said.
This second paddle wheeler has just been sold to a buyer from Yarrawonga to go on Lake Mulwala.
‘‘It was not quite finished,’’ Mr Carroll said.
‘‘It was a staged job, and the next stage was very expensive
The boat has been something of a local landmark.
‘‘I’ve had such a lot of people over a long period of time stop their cars, slow down, some of them get out,’’ he said.
‘‘The last thing you expect to see if you’re driving in a little country town like this is — hello, there’s a great big boat sitting there.’’
Mr Carroll said he would not be building another boat although he would miss the work and the challenge of the building process.
The late Margaret 'Dharrul' Wirrpanda has joined Mooroopna's Alf 'Uncle Boydie' Turner as an inductee this year into the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll.
Paradise Queen owner Travis Smith is preparing to take on hundreds of runners at this year’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival to be held on October 18-19.
Goulburn Valley Fins and Fenders Car Club is getting ready to host its second annual Show and Shine event at Tatura Racecourse on Saturday, October 18.
Residents are being warned they could face severe penalties if out of control burn-offs damaged someone else’s property.
The Nanneella hall and recreation reserve committee is inviting everyone to join its clearance sale on October 25.
National Party ticket up for grabs
Developer of the Elloura estate wants to build another road to Buckley Park among other changes.
Terry Hogan has stood down as Mayor of Jerilderie Shire due to an ongoing battle with cancer.
Heathcote Community House staff are encouraging people to send a postcard to show their support.
Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Tim Bull visits Cobram to assist councils and incumbent MP.
Keen Deni Ute Muster fans rolled into town early for the weekend's event.
The only consistent thing about frost damage in crops was its random nature, a cropping expert told his field day audience at Finley last Friday.
Last week's Coledale poll dorset stud ram sale was the best in the stud's 45-year history.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.