Avoid like the plague
Reviewed Sep 2016
I would avoid Nautilus like the plague. Sailing back from Queensland we hit something and snapped the centreboard off. Pulled into Port Stephens ? Lemon Tree Passage and Nautilus arranged for a ship wright to build and fix a new one.
That took 6 months. After that we went up and to sail it back to Sydney. On the way down the rigging started to resonate and shake every few minutes. Got to Manly and dived underneath, and the Centre Board was 50% larger than the original. I called the ship wright and he said he would come down and have a look. I arranged to meet him 4 times and he never showed. I asked why he didnt build it to the original design which he replied he build it to a generic design and he didnt have the plans. Though they were sitting on the chart table and he was told this.
I called Nautilus about the issue and they said it was between me and the shipwright. This is despite me telling then that they had the agreement with the shipwright and they had signed the job off. I spoke to the slipway in Lemon Tree passage and they said that the shipwright build the centre board to the shap of the plan but some how forgot the lead. So when he dropped the boat back in the water and went to drop the board it didnt drop. (wood floats). So what he did, instead of rebuilding it properly, he just slapped two bits of ply on the aft section of the centre board and then jammed folded ribbon of lead to give it weight. (found this out when we cut it apart).
Well arguing went on with Nautilus for three years and they eventually settled out of court. My boat sat there for two years. Im over the shonky Marine industry. So word of warning - Stay away from Nautilus and a shipwright by the name of Fisher sniffing around the ports. Thats my whine for the week. Time to get insurance with someone else.