TRAPPED: Some of the boats damaged during cyclone Marcia.
TRAPPED: Some of the boats damaged during cyclone Marcia. Allan Reinikka Rokaboats

Boats mashed by TC Marcia may never float free

BEAUTIFUL boats which once called the waters of the Fitzroy River home could remain trashed and trapped in mangroves for many years following Cyclone Marcia.

As Cyclone Marcia closed in on Rockhampton, the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club and local boaties literally battened down the hatches.

Fitzroy Motor Boat Club secretary Jeff Wheatley said while many boats survived Marcia due to the teamwork and quick thinking of local boaties, others weren't so lucky.

"There are a total of 13 boats slammed into mud banks, paddocks and mangroves and about four of them are unrecoverable," Mr Wheatley said.

"In total, the unrecoverable boats are worth about $300,000 and as they're all older boats they're uninsured.

"The owners are just devastated.

"There is up to $10,000 per boat damage to the other nine boats."

While Mr Wheatley wasn't looking for a flood, he said it would help in the recovery mission of vessels.

"The only way we can get to some of these boats is to dig a channel, or wait for another flood to come through," he said.

"We've all experienced floods before but never a cyclone of the intensity of Marcia."