Noakes Group is proud to be a Distinguished Partner of the Biennale of Sydney 2020. The vintage ferry Radar is a part of the Biennale of Sydney art exhibition under the distinguished partnership of Noakes Group, and will partake in the 2020 exhibition following an extensive 9-month restoration.
For the Biennale art exhibition, BE., in collaboration with Noakes Group, marks a sailing vessel to reactivate the memory of women’s tattoo practice outlawed through colonisation. In this video, Haiveta sails back into Sydney wearing the marks of Pasifka women.
It's been seven years since Sydney ferry 'Radar' plied the waters of Sydney Harbour and for all that time she has sat in dry dock at her birthplace in McMahons Point. Almost 20,000 man-hours have gone into the $2 million refit by Noakes Group, and in March the heritage ferry was re-launched, having undergone a stunning transformation for the upcoming Biennale of Sydney.
A true icon of Sydney Harbour and the “mother” of the Rosman Cruises fleet, Radar is being meticulously restored under the skilled care of the Noakes Group team. Built of Australian hardwood and originally launched in 1947, this classic will soon return to lead the Rosman Cruises fleet of vintage ferries.
The historic vessel Radar is currently undergoing a complete restoration to be returned to her former glory as the figurehead of the Rosman Cruises fleet.
The Rosman ferries are a familiar sight on Sydney Harbour. Since the early 1900s the fleet, in their distinctive red and yellow livery, have carried passengers from Circular Quay and along routes on the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers. The ferries were originally based in Mosman Bay before moving to Berry's Bay in 1987. In 2008 Sean Langman's Noakes Group purchased the fleet and they are now taken care of by the skilled team at the Noakes shipyard, and have Nanni Diesel engines installed.
Yacht-racing legend Sean Langman has further cemented his long-standing support of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia by committing to a four-year naming-rights sponsorship of the Club’s first race of the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series – the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.
Noakes Group commits to training seven Shipwright Apprentices to fill the gap in a global skills shortage trade,
Noakes Group ensures that the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command is always at full operational capacity with our In Service Support units providing a "roadside assistance" style response for NSW Water Police.
The Noakes Group team have completed a re-fit of "Fidelis", the elegant 61-foot sloop that won line honours in the 1966 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race.