It has taken more than 168,000 children on seaborne adventures over the past three decades, but long service has not made the Huan impervious to the steady march of time. The three-master that is a Victoria Harbour icon is being replaced by an aluminium vessel designed to look like a traditional junk - thanks to a $24 million donation from the Jockey Club. Since February 1978, the vessel has taken disabled, disadvantaged and terminally ill children to sea for trips lasting one to three days. While the Huan's owner, Adventure-Ship, is looking forward to receiving the new vessel early next year, members are clearly reluctant to let go of the vessel. 'The Huan is a very unique boat and I don't think it'll be easy to sell,' says Adventure-Ship general secretary Stella Ho Siu-ying. 'We are waiting for the right buyer. We hope that even when we have the new ship, we will keep the old one for a while. We are not in a hurry to sell it. We don't have a minimum price. 'As well as seeing how much buyers are offering, we will also consider how they are going to use the boat. 'This is a unique boat, it is really invaluable to us, so it's hard to put a price on it.' The Huan was bought by Philip Ney, a professor of child psychiatry at Hong Kong University, in 1977 after he found it in disrepair at Aberdeen Harbour. He and a group of volunteers repaired the boat and established Adventure-Ship. Ms Ho, a former teacher and social worker, said the Huan usually goes to sea five days a week carrying children from schools, Boy Scout groups, hospitals and community groups. 'We take out about 6,000 children a year,' she said. The new, 35 metre-long training vessel, called the Jockey Club Huan, is believed to be the first ship in Hong Kong to be tailor-made for people with disabilities, and will feature lifts and cabins for wheelchair-users - who are unable to take overnight trips on the current vessel. After being picked up at Aberdeen or Tsim Sha Tsui, the children are responsible for sailing the ship and do all the chores on board - from scrubbing the deck to manning the helm - with the help of training instructors. The ship then anchors at a spot where the passengers can enjoy swimming, building rafts and even driving motorboats.