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IS IT a boat, is it a caravan... no it’s a ‘CaraBoat’!
You see some pretty strange sights on the
road during the holidays, with the usual run of
stock transports, milk tankers and cars spiced
up by an incredible array of caravans, camp-
ervans, camper trailers and boats of all sorts
headed for the coast.
But this vehicle, spotted travelling through Le-
ongatha recently, on its way to Shallow Inlet, the
Prom or even the Gippsland Lakes, which would
be its ideal habitat – was this CaraBoat (check it
out online at http://www.caraboat.com.au/)
Capable of being operated happily as either
a caravan, boat or houseboat, they don’t come
cheap, starting at $153,000 but for versatility,
they’d be hard to beat.
The CaraBoat boasts some amazing fixtures
and features, the highlight of which is a hidden
helm, which when in caravan mode, the boat
steering and engine controls are not required,
conveniently disappear into a cupboard!
The twin engine design (seen being towed
through Leongatha last week) is not only a great
safety feature but also makes for easy control
Standard equipment is for two 30hp fuel-in-
jected four stroke outboards, which combined
put around 30 amps back into the batteries
and are easily pull-started if required.
Top speed is around 17 knots and a very eco-
nomical cruise speed is around 13-15 knots.
The CaraBoat draws a mere 200mm draft at
rest which allows it to be easily nudged against riv-
er banks or sneak into very shallow anchorages.
Caraboat is easily launched and recovered
thanks to a purpose built trailer.
Four-wheel disc brakes and a break away
safety system are standard equipment.
There’s a 200-litre water tank and up to 80
litres of fuel allows for lengthy cruising.
A grey water tank can also be included for
those environmentally sensitive waterways or
The Caraboat, which is manufactured by a
NSW company, has a number of floor plans to
suit. Each model sleeps up to four adults. All
have a toilet and shower and a swim shower
on the rear deck. Internal ceiling height is 1.9
metres and a two metre version of all models is
available as an option.
WELL, it’s a brand new year so here are some
Apps to help you stay on track with some of
your goals for 2017.
This app is the only popular personal finance
app that gives you the option to synchronise with
Australian banks so no more manual entry.
This is a to-do list app that helps you form
good habits. It’s like a game where your goal is
to build up a streak of consecutive days.
Guides by Lonely Planet
This great app is packed with offline maps,
phrasebooks, currency converters and advice
from experts. It’s an ultimate guide before or
during your trip.
Device Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or
later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod
Download from Apple (iOS): https://goo.
Download from Google (Android): https://
Apps of the week
VENUS Bay is a small coastal resort situated
on a narrow peninsula. On one side is the open
sea of Bass Strait and on the other the calm
waters of Anderson Inlet. It is a holiday town
and very busy during holiday periods.
There are five pristine surf beaches. The main
beach is patrolled and very busy in summer.
Number 5 beach is popular and not as busy.
It is also patrolled. The beaches are very rough
so best to swim where it is patrolled.
The beach is perfect for long walks and if you
walk up the sand dunes you will find spectacu-
The inlet, which is like a huge lake, is perfect
for fishing and boating.
The coastline from Venus Bay to Cape Liptrap
has native Australian plants and wildlife and
there is an old lighthouse you can see.
The town’s commercial centre is situated on
the corner of Jupiter Boulevard and Centre
Road. There is a general store, food outlets and
a number of specialty shops.
LIFE’S A BEACH
Weather perfect for
Coal Creek finale
The recent Coal Creek Christmas Carols were the ideal way to unwind after finishing
your Christmas shopping with the South Gippsland Concert Band doing a great job of
the carols, and the lawn in front of the Coal Creek Rotunda and Lake, the perfect place
to start relaxing for the festive season ahead.
Nothing can stop
this holiday visitor
Just as happy on the water as it is on the land, a CaraBoat, like the one pictured here, was
seen motoring through Leongatha.
Looks like a caravan, can be used like a boat! This CaraBoat was spotted in Leongatha,
heading down to the local coast from New South Wales. m085116
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