Accommodations: saloon in forecastle, 2 heads with showers, fully equipped galley, covered sitting area on aft and fore-deck.
The Boater’s notes: Wayfoong, a luxuriously restored, authentic 1930 steam launch, is the ultimate venue for a candle-lit dinner on Hong Kong’s South Side. She is an exact replica of her mother ship, Wayfoong Mark 1, which was launched by Aberdeen’s famous Whampoa Docks in 1898, making her an absolutely unique example of a 19th century-type launch still in service in Hong Kong. Having belonged to the HSBC for more than 80 years, Wayfoong was originally used to carry gold and silver bullion to and from ships anchored in Victoria Harbour, occasionally burning out-of-circulation bank notes in its furnaces to power its steam turbine. The original engine was replaced with the ship’s first diesel engine in 1948. From the 1960s onwards, Wayfoong was used mainly for corporate entertainment and famed for serving the best curry in town to HSBC clients and management. Privately owned since 2006, Wayfoong has been lovingly restored by its present owners. Manned by a professional English-speaking crew of 3, she will accommodate 14 guests in timeless luxury.