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For Loxton man Noel Walker, it is
merely a vessel that combines his two
loves, boats and Chesterfield lounges,
to make for a luxurious ride.
“I don’t know why, but one day I
wondered if the Chesterfield would fit
in the boat,” he said.
“We went for a cruise with friends
and we were all laughing about it.
“As a joke, a friend said, ‘Wouldn’t
it be great if you have two of these
“A light went off and I thought,
‘That would be great’.”
The self-confessed ‘garage sale
chaser’ bought the first Chesterfield
for $10 and the second one for $50.
“We brought it home and first off
all we had the two chairs (in the boat)
like a club lounge,” Mr Walker said.
“The front one was turned around,
but that wasn’t that good for the front
“So, eventually we turned it around.
Mr Walker bought the boat sec-
ond-hand, with it originally featuring
a 25-horsepower motor.
“As I added Chesterfields, it turned
out it wasn’t big enough, so I thought
I would get a 30 horsepower.
“The ultimate aim is six people,
two Chesterfields and the esky.
Anyway, 30 horsepower wouldn’t do
“So, there is a 40-horsepower
Yamaha on it now.”
Mr Walker said trips were far more
comfortable with the Chesterfields,
rather than the “terrible” metal bench
“I think it is brilliant and everybody
else reckons it is brilliant too,” he
“When my son’s friends from
Adelaide come up, they all take pic-
tures of it.”
The Chesterfield Express gets all
sorts of attention, including from fish-
“We were yabbying at Moorook
one time with four of us in there
(and) the fishery patrol came up,” Mr
“They checked to make sure we
had life jackets and fire extinguisher...
then got their camera out of their bag.
We thought, ‘What are they doing?’.
“Once you get used to the boat, you
don’t even think twice about it. We
were just driving around and we won-
dered what we had done wrong.
“Anyway they came up laughing.
They wanted to take a picture of the
boat and said they were taking it
back to the office to hang on the wall
because they had never seen a boat
yabbying with two Chesterfields.”
Chesterfields are a favourite for Mr
Walker, with two in the boat and three
around his house.
Mr Walker said two-seater
Chesterfields can be difficult to find,
with three-seaters the most popular.
“I keep an eye out all the time,” he
The Chesterfield Express has
done a number of trips around the
Riverland and Mr Walker said it was
ideal for relaxing.
“Evenings when it is just a beau-
tiful night, we will just get in and go
for a cruise,” he added.
All aboard the Chesterfield express
Mr Walker bought the two Chesterfields for a total of $60.
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