Camden South yacht sails into the new year

‘Gizzmo’ had the best the view in Sydney on New Year’s Eve.

It has been a year since the behemoth yacht built in a Camden South backyard set sail.

The boat’s owners, Jane and Bob*, made a special trip into Sydney Harbour on December 31 to take in the spectacular fireworks at midnight. 

The 13 metre long and eight metre wide catamaran, known as Gizzmo, was a 16 year labour of love for the couple.

The Camden South residents have taken a few weekend trips on Gizzmo in the past year but they said the best is yet to come.

“A year has gone by since Gizzmo was launched – it has passed sea trials easily, and it continues to perform much better the we had hoped,” Jane said.

“Its also been a big learning curve for us when it comes to sailing Gizzmo, as it is completely different from any of the catamarans that we had previously built, or had the chance to sail on.”

Bob and Jane plan on taking a bigger trip on the yacht to Yamba in northern NSW later this year.

Drivers who regularly use the Old Hume Highway at Camden had watched the boat being built. 

Jane said they were overwhelmed by the support they had received since the catamaran was launched.

“We still get a lot of people asking about the boat, not just from Macarthur but also from all over the world,” she said.

“This is incredible to us, just to realise that so many people took notice of our project and still care about it so much a year on from the launch. 

“Hopefully mid to late next year Gizzmo will start the beginning of much bigger adventures for us.”

Construction of the massive yacht began in 2000.

The family spent upwards of 34,000 hours working on the behemoth boat.

The catamaran houses two queen sized bedrooms and one double bedroom with walk-in wardrobes.

It also has a fully-functional galley, indoor and outdoor lounges and showers.

*Last names withheld by request