Glen Reynolds looks over the remains of a 23ft (7m) Roberts yacht he had been restoring at his Emu Park Road Slipway before it was torched in a suspicious fire.
Glen Reynolds looks over the remains of a 23ft (7m) Roberts yacht he had been restoring at his Emu Park Road Slipway before it was torched in a suspicious fire. Chris Ison

Arson likely after yacht fire

BUSINESS owner Glen Reynolds faces the shocking possibility someone intentionally torched a $5000 boat he was fixing up.

Fire-fighters responded to a call from a passer-by about 1.10am yesterday morning and found an empty 23ft (7m) Roberts sailboat well alight at Glen’s Slipway. The blaze was extinguished by 2.09am.

Mr Reynolds, who owns the boat repair business on Emu Park Road, surveyed the torched sailboat yesterday morning and reflected that it could have been much worse.

By a stroke of luck he had not parked his trailer and excavator, worth $40,000, beside the boat which he normally does.

“I do not want to think that (someone deliberately lit the fire), but you never know if someone has any beef with me (or not),” he said.

Although a petrol container was not left in the boat, the remnants of one was found yesterday morning and indicated the fire was deliberately lit, he said.

It was not insured.

Mr Reynolds was hoping to sell it for $10,000.

Fire investigator Bruce Thomasson said they were examining the cause of the fire and could not rule out arson.

The fire comes after three boats were targeted by an arsonist at the Keppel Bay Marina between January 13 and February 2.



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