I don’t have all of the details yet but after several years of uncertainty during which time the Restauration replica ship was for sale, it has been purchased and will once again sail the waters near Rogaland.
Local businessman, Cato Østerhus recently purchased Restauration. It is my understanding that the ship will be based on the island of Klosterøy in Stavanger municipality, Rogaland county. Østerhus owns the Utstein Kloster hotel and Restauration will call this her new home where she will be available to the public. More information about the history of the hotel can be found here. The hotel appears to be perfectly located… 25 minutes to Stavanger, and only 1 hour to Pulpit Rock. And the island of Klosterøy appears beautiful as well. It looks fantastic and it is evident that Cato has big plans for the hotel. It is easy to see that Restauration will be a perfect addition. I can’t wait to visit!
But first Restauration must be repaired after being left in a state of disrepair and uncertainty these past few years. Jørn Flesjå, who owns and operates Ryfylke wooden boat building on Finnøy and who originally built “Restauration” in 2010 will oversee these repairs.
I do apologize for my lack of details. I will continue to monitor the situation and hope to have more updates soon. But as my friend Vidar Aarhus said so well, “The most important thing is that the ship remains in Rogaland and will be available in 2025!” Hurrah! Thank you to Cato Østerhus! We look forward to the time when we can once again visit.