Marooned boat here to stay while removal debate rages
A DECISION on how the 15m crabbing vessel beached at Mooloolaba has been delayed again, more than two days after the Matahari smashed into the rocks.
Insurers, Claytons Towing and the owner have been discussing since Sunday whether the boat will be craned onto a truck intact or dismantled on the beach.
Yesterday morning Claytons Towing owner Mike Clayton expected a decision would be made that afternoon, but multiple meetings since have failed to return a resolution.
He said the insurer's representatives needed to liaise with its head office, and hoped to have a plan after further meetings this afternoon.
While the crowds of hundreds that lined the beach on Sunday have dissipated, the Matahari is still attracting a steady stream of onlookers.
Mooloolaba resident Trish Cameron brought her son and her visiting Swedish friends' children to see the boat.
Mrs Cameron said while the grounding was terrible for the owner, locals and visitors had been drawn by the rare sight.
"It kind of breaks your heart," she said.
She said the children had a fascination with fishing boats.
"It was an interesting event they needed to see," Mrs Cameron said.
She said she had already been down to take photos to send to her husband, who was away in New Guinea and had missed the event.
"This is our third day of instalments, watching what's happening," she said.
"I think a lot of the locals have a vested interest."