Gerry’s boat was a dalu 47 with hull of 10 mm alloy plate, and peter was contracted to finish it from a stage of bare hull and decks. as he worked on this contract. Great barrier express. great barrier express 8.5 m[27.9′] racer/cruiser cat. the "great barrier express" was the archetype for the larger "off the beach" style open. Biography of peter smith: boat builder, long distance cruising sailor, designer of the rocna anchor range. peter’s recent trips include new zealand, chile, and.