September 6, 2010
Made for a special client on request, Peter McKee fixed a seven-pocket table onto a 21-foot speedboat. This vessel-turned-pool table costs a cool $60,000.
The unusual pool table has a ball return system also. Once a ball enters a pocket, it goes along a pipe before moving out at the rear of the table.
The side of the boat hull bears the words Brian, B-Dog and The B. The boat pool table pays a tribute to 28-year-old Queensland water-skier Brian Rix, who was killed in a boating accident on the Fitzroy River in 1999.
The seventh and extra pocket at the head of the table also presented a conundrum.
How to produce a pocket that was more obtuse than normal?
Yet some old-fashioned ingenuity solved it.
“We used a Nescafe tin to curve the seventh pocket,” McKee said.