SANSTERRE is a marine ply vessel constructed in Western Australia by local Shipwright Alf Fury, from a design by Naval Architect Len Randell, modified and optimised by Alf during build.
Originally constructed in 1971 and painted red, she was purchased in 1990 by the current owners. They commissioned a major refit at the end of 1993. Shipwright Jeff Hillbrick undertook the refit which included a replacement engine and a cabin extension. The appearance was kept as close to original as possible and the job so good people used to tap the hull and comment “this is wood”. The paint was a custom cream color.
A second and less radical refit was carried out in 2010 when some degraded timber was cut out from the chines at waterline, once again faired and painted, this time in Oyster White.
SANSTERRE was originally powered by a Detroit 6V53 at 210 hp, but during the first refit she was repowered with a Caterpillar 3208TA at 375 hp. This effectively gave a good cruise speed of 18 knots, about a knot over the original top speed.