A classic yacht or ketch costs about the same, holding 12 to 40 people.
He used to skipper the ketch that used to take the supplies from Beagle Bay to Broome.
For those born and bred on the coast, rushing seas are de rigueur, and they think nothing of a squall that puts their ketch over to port 45 degrees.
Recently, a 92-foot ketch lost control in a lock, was spun 180 degrees by the current and had to be towed out of the lock backwards.
He has become one of the foremost mineral collectors in the world, and in the summer of 1987 he and two other mathematicians sailed his 43 foot ketch from San Francisco Bay to the Marquesas and back.
A motorsailer ketch can be sailed or powered by its motor.
The research vessel, a century-old 60-foot gaff-rigged ketch , looks more like it belongs to Barbary pirates than to contemporary scientists.
Contact had been lost with the yacht on September 6, but sweeps of the sea failed to spot the crew or the ketch , a converted fishing boat, which is believed to have sunk.
The dual-mast, steel-hulled ketch pulls hard against its moorings, like a getaway car revving its engine.
He has also created commissioned paintings of sailing yachts, including Walter Cronkite's sailing ketch .