Le Boat is a traditional teak, three-masted replica of an 18th century sailing junk. It was built in 1973 by two Europeans with nostalgic inclinations and an adventurous plan to sail in luxury to the French Mediterranean.
Le Boat is unique in Hong Kong and her sheer size of 89 feet makes her the largest of her kind in service. She can comfortably accommodate up to 70 people above deck and in her two dining saloons below deck. The vessel boasts a 350hp Mercedes engine, giving her a cruising speed of 10 knots. As a testament to her exquisite design, she cruises at a speed of over 6 knots under sail with a soft breeze, leaving little to disturb thae tranquility but the sound of lapping waters and the wind in the sails.
Over 2006 and 2007, Le Boat has undergone extensive restoration by another two Europeans, John Paul Gauci and Genna Laurent, who together with the son of Wong Ming, the first craftsman in the 70s to build amazing teak boat replicas, have put much passion into creating a stunning example of an 1800s style sailing junk that plied the waters of South China and beyond.. Post-restoration, Gauci offers Hong Kong diners the unique experience of luxurious, on-board dining in an atmosphere of nostalgia and days bygone. The menu meanwhile promises culinary delights and an atmosphere of relaxed Mediterranean haute-service.