Crowds gather to see beached boat, but no business boost

Entice Food and Wine supervisor Madison Nash said the Matahari had been the talk of the town, but she hadn't noticed a boost in customers.
Entice Food and Wine supervisor Madison Nash said the Matahari had been the talk of the town, but she hadn't noticed a boost in customers. Francesca McMackin

THE Matahari's beaching has attracted a steady stream of visitors to the Mooloolaba foreshore precinct since it ran aground on Saturday night, as Coast residents turn out to see the vessel.

Entice Food and Wine shift supervisor Madison Nash expected plenty of people would be heading to the Mooloolaba Esplanade for a "stickybeak”, but said she hadn't noticed a boost in business today as a result.

"It is encouraging people to come down and have a look,” she said.

Most workers the Daily spoke to today along the Mooloolaba Esplanade hadn't seen the boat themselves, but had heard about it from customers passing through.


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Mudjimba resident Eden Jannides came across the crabbing vessel just after midnight on Sunday, when the three crew members were still aboard and and thrown about as waves knocked the boat against the rocks.

"It was pretty scary watching it,” Mr Jannides said.

"It was the weirdest thing to come across at that time of night.”

He said at that time, only two other people were at the scene.

On Sunday morning a crowd gathered to see the vessel, and by that afternoon hundreds had gathered as Clayton's Towing workers prepared to winch the Matahari further up the beach, out of the tide's reach.

Topics:  boat boating business matahari mooloolaba beach mooloolaba esplanade

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