by Dom Wiseman

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to have come across racing legend Dick Johnson. He has been a part of the Australian racing scene since way back in 1967. And who can’t remember that infamous incident at Mount Panorama in 1980 where a rock mysteriously rolled onto the circuit causing massive damage to his car and ending any hopes of a race victory.

You may not know it, but he is also an avid boat owner and has had stints with Mustang and Integrity boats to name a few. He knows a lot about racing and boating.

His newest toy is a Hurricane Fundeck 236 deck boat. It is the top of the line model with all manner of accompanying accessories.

“Life changes and your requirements change,” he says. “There’s nothing more important to me than spending time with the family out on the water, day tripping.”

The Hurricane FunDeck 236 is built on a stable fibreglass cathedral hull which is capable of carrying 13 passengers, two of which will no doubt be his grandkids. He is also sure to be the most popular guy in the street, if he wasn’t already.

“The kids love it because we can charge up to the Pin (Jumpinpin), beach it and spend the day swimming, having lunch, enjoying the Broadwater. We’re planning to use it fishing, diving, skiing, towing and anything that ends in ‘ing”

The boat comes complete with Simrad touchscreen sounders, stereo and sub woofers, lounges that double as beds, bar, table, refrigeration and plenty of storage, the Hurricane 236 is a versatile platform for all kinds of on-water activities.

And if you think this is another slow and steady party platform, think again.

“It tips into turns like a regular boat, plus it has enough grunt to tow skis or inflatables, and to get out of the way of the jet skis. The Hurricane 236 has a top speed of 80km an hour, which is 43 knots, and we’re decked out with stereo and LED lighting so you’ll see us coming, and hear us!”

Hurricane produces a variety of deck boats up to 24-feet, including the FunDeck, SunDeck, Sundeck Sport and Centre Console Series.

The FunDeck has secure high rails, plenty of seating and stowage space beneath the seats, in-floor lockers, a toilet, shower option, barbeque and dual biminis.

Seating is made from multi-density foam with triple-needle stitched vinyl. The boats come with a proprietary self-bailing system keeping the cockpit and everything in it dry and comfortable.

Urethane foam flotation is used throughout providing rigidity and sound dampening. It also helps to reduce vibration. Most importantly from a safety aspect, Hurricane boats have positive floatation which makes them virtually unsinkable!

Coming into spring, Dick Johnson and his family intend to explore the Broadwater, which DJ deems “the best bit of boating on the east coast”, to Moreton Bay, Tangalooma and up to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

“The Hurricane is exceptional in rough water – stable, dry and a hell of a lot of fun. Getting out onto the water is the best place to bring up kids. They make lifelong friends and enjoy the freedom and fun only boating can deliver.”