|Cantiere Navale Leopoldo
|Gross weight :
|28.96 x 5.850 (metres)
|Passenger capacity :
Palm Beach was one of five broadly similar hydrofoils, being of type
Palm Beach was not bought new. Prior to coming to Sydney she had been
used in Macau, Hong Kong. She arrived in April of 1978 (as deck cargo)
and did not commence operation until September of that year. She was
called the 'Hong Kong Con' as upon her arrival she was found to be
unusable. The extended period between delivery to service was used to
bring her up to scratch. She required considerable work - the foils
were suspect and the engines required a complete overhaul. Ultimately
both Curl Curl and Fairlight donated parts to get her running.
She was retired from service in 1985.
Palm Beach (like Dee Why) was scrapped at Homebush Bay in 1988. Only
her mast remains extant in private ownership.