MYSTERY YACHT: Vaquero, currently anchored in the Mooloolah River near Outrigger Park, will be seized by Maritime Safety Queensland if not claimed by July 18.
MYSTERY YACHT: Vaquero, currently anchored in the Mooloolah River near Outrigger Park, will be seized by Maritime Safety Queensland if not claimed by July 18. Janine Hill

Mystery yacht awaits collection at Mooloolaba

WHAT Vaquero has done in the last 42 years is a mystery but it would be surprising if there was not a story in the forgotten yacht.

The yacht, which is in the Mooloolah River, has been earmarked for seizure by Maritime Safety Queensland if not claimed by July 18.

According to Maritime Safety Queensland, the vessel was found in the river near Outrigger Park on June 5, although a resident of a nearby waterfront home said he saw it towed there by water police.

The yacht is described as 11m long of ferro-cement construction, painted blue with a white wheelhouse.

The exterior looks run down but what appears to be a centimetric radar on the mast and a roller reefing sailing system which allows the sail to be hoisted easier shows that someone spent a pretty penny on the vessel at some stage.

Vaquero was registered in Brisbane in 1974, according to the Australian Register of Ships, and and once registered as HE162Q, according to Maritime Safety Queensland.

The yacht could be sold or destroyed if not claimed.


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