Humans have always had a predilection towards living and being near the water. We play in water, drink water and find water in much of our food, as well as find some of our food from the water. In fact, some scientists believe we evolved from the fish. We love diving and swimming under the waves and floating on top of water. These days we float on pretty sophisticated structures designed for pleasure, commerce and even war, but there was a time that the only means for sailing was based on a simple design fashioned from our own hands using crude tools. We humans have been building canoe-type boats (dugouts or logboats) since prehistoric times with various versions used all over the world for transportation, fishing and sport.
The oldest recovered boat in the world, constructed around 8,000 BCE, is the 3 metre long Pesse dugout canoe on display at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands. Other old dugout boats have also been recovered over the years, such as a 7000 year old sea reed boat found in Kuwait. Some types of unpowered boats were designed for one-way downstream travel like the float or a raft (think Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn playing harmonicas as they lazily sailed along the Mississippi River). As we advanced, human-powered boats such as kayaks, gondolas (propelled by an oar), canoes and basic boats (punts) propelled by poles came into common use. The ‘punt’ boat was originally built as a cargo boat but is now mostly used as a pleasure craft. After that came sail boats (propelled by sails and smaller than a sailing ship) of which there are many types such as a racing dinghy.
These days we have the means to build powerful boat engines designed for speed, configuration and endurance. Motorboats, speedboats and powerboats come in all shapes and sizes from a 4 metre open-top boat perfect for a small gathering to sail aimlessly on an azure sea, or even to enjoy some wakeboarding sports, right up to the super-luxury yachts and vessels designed for absolute comfort and style. When it comes to relaxing, what better way than floating across a picturesque harbour on a state-of-the-art marine craft? One popular vessel taking Australia by storm is the MV Epicure I as it features aesthetic and modern, neutral interiors that perfectly complement the beautiful surroundings of our sparkling harbour. A truly beautiful boat, the MV Epicure I, plays host to a range of events for you and your guests. From weddings and extravagant dinners to NYE celebrations, you will enjoy striking views of the Sydney Harbour and city through floor-to-ceiling windows. It would have to be said that sailing on any type of boat on a stunning harbour is special, but to board the impressive MV Epicure I for a special night of indulgence and celebration on Sydney Harbour is truly luxurious and not-to-be forgotten.