|Cantiere Navale Leopoldo
|Gross weight :
|18.59 x 4.70 (metres)
|Passenger capacity :
Manly was the first hydrofoil in the fleet and was a PT20.
January 1965 saw a new venture start on Sydney harbour with the
introduction of the first hydrofoil, Manly. She was a great novelty and
to begin with many people caught her just to experience the fast
transit to Manly. The normal ferries could complete the journey in 35
minutes but the little hydrofoil managed it in 15.
She was certified to operate as far north as Port Stephens and south to
Jervis Bay, however, she never operated on these routes. In 1967 she
did travel to Melbourne with North Head and the Manly company ran tours
of her on Port Phillip Bay - this was not a success though and she soon
returned back to Sydney. North Head on the other hand did return to
Manly was used in an experiment to test hydrofoils on the run to
Drummoyne and Gladesville. Unfortunately residents complained of the
noise and wash. With only one boat operating the service (and often
laid up due to mechanical issues) the experiment was ultimately deemed
a failure. It would be nearly 25 years before the Parramatta River
finally got a fast ferry service operated by the new River Cats.
Manly was a little too small to operate with any success on the
harbour. This, coupled with various mechanical problems, led to a
relatively short life and she was withdrawn from service in 1979 prior
to being sold a year later.
After being sold off she was renamed 'Enterprise' and worked for a time
in North Queensland. Sold again, she spent some time at Mildura on the
Murray River operating as a floating restaurant. By 2000 she had been
sold again and returned to New South Wales. Her new owners commenced
converting her to a private cruiser and for some time she was laid up
in a paddock north of Sydney.
Her current whereabouts and condition is unknown.