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Great Sandy Strait Cruise

There were 5 participants in this year’s cruise from Carlo Point heading north up the Great Sandy Strait: Rick Sutton with his John Welsford Navigator, Rick O’ Donnell with his Iain Oughtred Fulmar, Jim Inglis with his own design boat , Dave Micklethwaite with his Austral 20 trailer sailer (sigh, plastic!) and Tony Deane with his Laurent Giles Jolly Boat.

Four of the participants set off from Carlo Point about 1100 on the Monday morning to sail north and camp that night in Pelican Bay. Sadly Tony arrived at Carlo Point  just after the others had left and sailed past Pelican Bay finding a campsite for the night in a creek on the mainland side of the Strait.

The main group camped on a muddy beach in Pelican Bay; left to right, Rick’s Navigator, Jim’s boat and Rick O’s Fulmar.

Here is Rick O sailing under jib alone.

And Rick bashing on under Dave’s boom.

Here is Jim sailing with his usual style and flair.


Tuesday morning we had to wait for the tide before we could set out by which time Tony had decided to head back to the ramp at Carlo Point. He had a hard sail into increasing southerly winds and the outgoing tide. As we were leaving Pelican Bay Jim sailed back towards Carlo Point  looking for Tony but this was unsuccessful. The southerly wind was increasing as the rest of us headed north for Garry’s Anchorage. Rick O landed on a sandbank to drop his mainsail and eventually the four of us sailed north on a wonderful run up the strait with a 25 knot wind.

Garry’s anchorage is a great spot. We beached the boats on sand and spent the evening working out how we would get back to Carlo Point if the strong southerly wind continued to blow. Wednesday morning we had to head south against a weakening southerly and, in the morning, the incoming tide. We were making for Tinnanbar on the mainland side of the Strait. This plan went well apart from a short spell in the middle when the southerly wind kicked up to around 20 knots before swinging around to the southeast giving us a good long reach across to Tinnanbar.

The 3 boats above got away about 45 minutes before Dave who was still aground. The beach is very flat at Tinnanbar so the water is shallow a long way out, hundreds of metres out in fact. The sail back down to Pelican Bay was pleasant with 10 to 15 knots of south easterly wind. The leaders chose to camp for the night on a beach just behind the ferry landing at Inskip Point. Dave found the water there too shallow (he would have been stuck there until midday on Friday waiting for the tide) so he headed for the anchorage at Bullock Point where he spent a quiet evening.

On the Friday morning the 3 boats at Inskip Point made an early start after setting alarm clocks and moving boats as the tide fell. Dave made a late start after a leisurely breakfast. We sailed back down to Carlo Point on a rising tide with 5 to 10 knots of breeze with a bit of north in it making for a pleasant sail to end the cruise. It was sad that we didn’t hook up with Tony but as he said “he had a bloody good sail anyway”. That probably sums up the trip for  us all.

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Fabrication of a laminated tiller

My NIS 26 PRESTO was fitted with a kick-up rudder which most times worked very well. However there have been occasions when running in shallow water the rudder strikes bottom and kicks up, which it should do, however when under full sail steering becomes a mammoth task. Instead of a vertical blade a meter or so down you now have a horizontal blade a meter or so out the back. Not good. I once sailed for an hour with a novice on the tiller, he kept quietly saying “gee this is hard work” and me I was just enjoying the day out, until we were about to ram another yacht, “steer away” I quietly commanded in my best squeaky voice “I am trying but it won’t go” only then did I discover the board had kicked up. Poor bloke had been steering all this time with the board out the back, needless to say he hasn’t asked to go out again.

So the time came to change the rudder design and thanks to NIS. Boats Robert Ayliffe a new vertical drop rudder and box arrived and fitted perfectly to the existing pinions.

I had in mind using the existing tiller adapted to the new rudder box unfortunately this was not and option, as the angle from the rudder box up over the motor housing was such that constructing a new tiller was the only was to go. Several constraints had to be considered in the design. One the tiller had to clear the motor housing, and then it had to follow the line of the top of the rudder box before dropping down to a working height for the helmsman. Then to top it off there needed to be room under the tiller to allow the handle to be pushed down to release the rudder from the clamps of the rudder box allowing the rudder to drop.

Taking all these constraints into consideration it became obvious that a curved tiller is the only way to go.

As the tiller starts off at the box end at 85mm across and the connection plates to the rudder box are 40mm deep to steam bend a piece of timber of around 90 mm by 50mm in tight curve didn’t strike me as being easy. So laminating was the only practical solution. What timber to use? Well I have a nice stack of very dry furniture grade New Guinea Rosewood, no question on what to use. Unfortunately New Guinea Rosewood is quite a brittle timber and I have found it tends to snap when bent dry, being well seasoned. The only way to get good curves without damage is to reduce thickness to less than 6mm and in this case down to 5mm. Ok we have the timber, we know what is needed, how do we progress? What follow are the major steps I used to build the new tiller.

  1. A pattern is made from hardboard using the top edge only for the shape on the boat. Time to get artistic. Mark the angle up from rudder box, mark the height above the engine housing, free hand some curves.
  2. Final shape fitted and eyeballed for look using the top edge only. Looks like a tiller.
  3. The pattern is then tacked to a dressed hardwood plank and steel angles bolted to the top edge of the pattern. I used a heavy hardwood plank for stability of the form.
  4. Over several days the laminates were slowly drawn to the mould without glue. To tease them into their final shape and to evaluate the difficulties and possible failures.
  5. Time for glue. The dry run established that it’s a big ask to do the full 50mm of lamination in one go. Best to do it in two glue ups. Hint, you need all the clamps you have plus more. This is only half of what ended up on each of the clamp ups. Each laminate was evenly spread with glue using a notched spreader with around 3mm wide notches.
  6. First lamination released after a few days of epoxy glue drying. I left the lamination clamped up for 5 days to ensure the epoxy was as fully cured and hard, to minimize the spring back. Even so there was around 6mm spring back. I did consider adding extra curve for the second glue up of laminates but as the curve was not that critical left well alone.
  7. Once second set of laminates glued in place the glue was left clamped for a further 5 days to maximize the cure. Even so a small amount of spring back was evident. Next step to clean up the edges. Using an electric planer to remove and smooth the edges before feeding through a thicknesser to get an even board thickness.
  8. Now the nerve racking bit. Cutting to length especially the rudder box end as too much and the curvature and alignment to the rudder box will be out. So small steps, first clamp to out side of rudder box support tiller and step well back, does it look right, have a cuppa, have another look, trim a bit, fit, trim a bit more yes leave at that. As it happened another 12mm came off in the end to allow the tiller to tip right back. See final photos. And the yellow pages are useful, as the supports.
  9. Ok drama over, rudder box end cut and fitted so now we have a tiller that is 85mm wide from rudder box to steerage. Not a good look, strong, but not comfortable. Again it’s what looks nice to the eye and is comfortable on the hand, drives the shape. At the steerage end I found a diameter of around 40mm comfortable. So a taper from the rudder box end of 85 mm to 40mm at steerage end was decided on. In my case a straight taper rather than more curves. One side was cut, shaped to the lines with hand planes, a pattern developed, working off a center line, then scribe to the opposite side for final shaping
  10. Now all that’s left is trim the steerage end to length run a router with a nice curvature around the edge, sand and fit.

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Huntingford Helm Impeder

Having sailed my 14 ft Harrier single-handed and found myself restricted by the constant need to attend the helm, I decided that I wanted a device to stiffen the movement of the tiller such that the tiller could be left unattended but steady. My experience of dinghies with lashed helms persuaded me that the device would have to be readily adjustable.

Fairlead 1 is well forward on the tiller to minimise the potential load in the system. The eyes for hooks 2 & 3 are secured to the boat in or near the plane of fairlead l’s path to nullify or reduce unwanted vertical stress in the tiller. Further, the eyes are as far apart as possible and a little aft of the centred position of fairlead 1, so as to reduce change of tension with change of tiller position. For the same reason the elastic strap is as long as possible, and since at full stretch the strap and hook 1 will be limited by the two fairleads, fairlead 2 should be as far aft as possible.


Equipping the Harrier presented no special problems. The helm is light and the generous beam permits a good separation of the eye positions. In actual fact I do not use eyes, being able to hook the horse directly onto the gunwale using modified plastic boat hooks. The horse is 3mm braided terylene, a bight of which just passes through a small nylon fairlead which in turn only just fits transversely under my narrow tiller, as fairlead 1. The tensioner is also 3mm terylene, attached via a strap of 6mm elastic to a small nylon hook; a ring would have been stronger, but would not have allowed easy removal of the cordage from the tiller.

With a heavier helm to contend with one could either increase the tension-capability of the whole system, or improve the effectiveness of the frictional parts so that greater loads on the horse could be accepted by the same tension in the tensioner.

Hooks 2 & 3 clip on to eyes positioned as far apart as practicable, at the same level as and a little aft of fairlead 1. Although the ends of the horse are fixed the middle is free to move over hook 1 and both sides of fairlead 1 as the tiller moves across. The degree of freedom of movement of the middle of the horse is varied by adjusting the tensioner. Increasing the tension in the system increases the friction at fairlead 1 and hook 1. In this manner the stiffness of the tiller can be adjusted from free to virtually locked.

Peter Bick Comments – After a few years of using just a plain piece of shock cord on my Roamer I changed to this system and wished I had done so earlier. I have found that it is best to err on the strong side when choosing the elastic strop as you can always slacken it using the tensioner, but maximum tension available depends on the material of the strop.

Reprinted from the Dinghy Cruising Association Bulletin 86

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Coochiemudlo Messabout July was a very busy month with both Matthew Flinders and Caloundra events. The Matthew Flinders re-enactment at Coochie Island was a great week-end again with perfect winter weather about 22 deg daytime to 10 deg overnight with good sailing breeze on the Saturday but very light on Sunday. As the re-enactment is on the Sunday we spent most of the time on the beach. The Wooden Boat Pirates were there again and the distribution of lollies to children from the treasure chest was very popular.


Pat and I stayed at the Seminara units and Libby and Ian joined us for dinner there on the Friday night – great venue and good food. Saturday night, Libby and Ian hosted a roast dinner at their cottage for a total of thirteen members including 4 wives. This made for a truly family week-end and would recommend more wives attend next year.

Caloundra messabout

Caloundra messabout hosted by the Caloundra Coast Guard is always the highlight of the year.

This has always been the most popular event with our members and wives (too many to mention individually). Once again, we had the Meet and Greet at the Coast Guards building Friday night and Saturday a sail down the passage to Roy’s and Lighthouse Reach Point. There were over twenty boats, sail, power, even row, but with tide and quite a strong Northerly it was an easy sail. Following morning tea on the beach it was quite a testing sail back as the channels are very narrow, not very well marked and it was not easy to see the sand banks.

After lunch we held the Russell Lanigan trophy “race” won this year by Bob with Ian as crew. With such a mixed bag of boats, it is really just a bit of fun, similar to the Bribie Island “race” and not to be taken too seriously.


Quite cloudy in the morning but we had a good sail to the Blue Hole North of Golden Beach on Bribie side for morning tea. Following that with the locals guiding us through the sand banks, we sailed up the passage towards the Bar. The Caloundra guys, who obviously know the waters well, sailed to just inside the breakers but with an incoming tide, it was quite safe. We then sailed back to Golden Beach for lunch and more fun races for putt putt and rowers; the weather had by then cleared and it was a lovely sunny day again. A great week-end.

Thanks to Caloundra Coast Guard for the organisation, they even provided safety boats. With many choices for accommodation and restaurants, it makes a great location for a family week-end and it was good to see so many wives present. We look forward to the event again next year.

10th Tweed River Regatta

It rained Then it rained. And it rained some more, The event was a triumph of the human spirit over adversity: Bit of a dampener and an organizer’s nightmare, but being resilient boat people we all persevered in some form of other and had a great time. I recall someone saying these events are not only about boats but the meeting, reminiscing and enjoying each other company; this was one of those occasions.

Friday night started off with a well organized cruise on “Golden Swan” a lovely old wooden cruise boat I believe built by Normal Wright. The Wooden Boat Association Qld sponsorship donation of $250 was well spent on food and an extended cruise. Leaving the Tweed marina we travelled to just past Chinderah park before turning heading down towards the Fingal end of the river and then back to the Tweed River cruise terminal. It was good to see this meet and greet well attended and Bob and Bruce welcomed all and briefed us on Saturday’s activity. It was only then most of us Queenslanders realized that an 8.30 am start was in reality at 7.30 am start, bugger.

So did Saturday dawn bright and sunny? Unfortunately no, rain more rain and occasional showers greeted us all. 43 boats had entered the regatta of these only around 20 hardy skippers put to the water for the cruise to Tumbulgum and onto Murwillumbah Rowing club. This had some benefits for instance “TIKI” and enclosed launch took on board six of the not so hardy souls, but who remained warm and dry, and along with the skipper had a very delightful run up the river, great company makes a great event.

The rowing club soon had its banks lined with wooden boats from a large ex Cray boat from Tassie to a right yellow sabot. Which we happened to see belting down the road on the back of a ute then in the afternoon sailed home. At the rowing club we all enjoyed a sausage sizzle and admired the rowing skiffs and for some us the lovely wooded rowing skiff hung upside down fully rigged in the club room. The rain cleared but only for a short while, long enough for us all to make a start on the return journey down this lovely river, lined with mangroves, palm trees and glimpses of the canefarms. On a fine day it would be just a magical spot to meander by.

Saturday night we all gathered again, and a great crowd too, at the Chinderah Hacienda caravan park function room for more reminiscing and for a great spit roast dinner well compared by Dave along with the formalities of the weekend. Every boat was recognized and given a Brag Plaque, Gem of the Tweed trophy went to a beautiful speed boat “Saraya” built by Joshua who happens to live a long way from the sea and the WBAQ encourage award we gave to Ross and his launch “Bonnie Harper”. Ross found the hull lines in a Wooden Boat magazine and that’s all he needed the rest evolved into a comfortable boat.

It’s tough organizing any event and everyone recognized the hard work put in by Bob who is standing down as President of the event so well done to Bob and all of those who helped to organize the past 10 years of regattas. We look forward to next year’s regatta and perhaps even a run in between times down the Tweed River.

Wivenhoe Messabout

Once again our planned week at Wivenhoe was cancelled as all the boat ramps and parts of the camping area were under water!!

PLAN B was again adopted and we went to Atkinson Dam. This now makes 3 times this year but for a generally wet year we had very good weather – just a little rain on Wednesday morning. We had an excellent attendance with 14 members and their boats and also a visit by Ross Lillystone with a Phil Bolger Micro one day making 15 in all. It was good to see Rick Sutton’s new boat a Welsford “Navigator” and John Holland’s version of Jim Inglis own design Gert by Sea. Both boats had an excellent finish and it was interesting to see how John had fitted out Jim’s design to make it hard to recognise that it is the same design boat. The advantage of building your own boat is you can incorporate your own ideas and make most boats individual.

Victoria Point.

Members launched at various locations and met up at Thompson Street beach and picnic area to enable anyone to turn up there and go for a sail on any boat. Although the weather was perfect, we only had 8 boats and as far as I am aware only Ian turned up and went for a sail with Larry. It was interesting to go to a different beach and check it out. This is one of the advantages of messabouts. It’s an excellent spot to pull in to for lunch, shade and toilets but you do need to time it for high tide. It was good to see our members from Coochiemudlo and Mackay Island sail over as it is difficult for them to attend most events.


Noosa 5th, 6th, 7th November.

We timed this messabout to coincide with the Noosa Classic Boat Regatta which some of our members attended. As planned, we held the Happy Hour. Meet and Greet with a BYO BBQ at Coco Bay Resort. We had a total of 12 (6 couples) and had a very pleasant evening (see photo).

Saturday we launched and motored up river. I rigged my sun canopy – African Queen style and Don was my queen!! It was interesting to see the North shore river side homes and varied boats. We then followed the classic boats, mainly power, downstream to their lunch spot at the Noosa Yacht Club. We continued on and pulled up at a lovely quiet beach near Noosa Sound. Late afternoon we drove round to Martin’s “shed” to see his progress on the Tasmanian Ferry boat built l917. It really is a lovely shaped hull and he is doing a truly great job of restoring it. There is a massive petrol engine, also an electric motor to start the engine but also to give 4 hours that he can sail under electric power. A very clever guy, he leaves me speechless. An eye opener is his unit in an industrial complex that he calls a “shed” room for free standing thicknesser, router table, bandsaw, large table saw, drop saw and an air conditioned office !! I guess if you are going to take on a major restoration, these are the type of facilities you need. After a very pleasant Happy Hour again at Coco Bay, we had reserved a table at the Yacht Club and had a great meal there.

Sunday we motored around Noosa Sound with another great spot for lunch, then pulled out early as some were returning home. For the four couples who stayed over Sunday night it was fish and chips from the local shop and Happy Hour first at Coco Bay. It was a very social week-end rather than all boating and all wives really enjoyed it. It was unanimously agreed same again next year.

Pine River messabout, Deep Water Bend ramp:

With a forecast of showers and often a week of very heavy rain and floods, I was surprised to see a good turn out before our first messabout of the year. Skippers rowing were Dan, Ian, Darrell, who took off early down river towards the new Hornibrook bridge with the remainder of the fleet leaving the ramp by 9.00.a.m. sharp. We stopped on the south bank within site of a bridge for morning tea. Alan with a young crew joined us there raising our numbers to nine (9) boats with a total of 20 members. This must be a record for a messabout. There was no shortage of company as Larry had 4 on his Mirror 16 and Ian had 6 on board Tiki who I had joined. This was my first time on boat and a very pleasant and comfortable way to travel and a chance to appreciate the boat that Alan had built. I was most impressed at how disciplined Ian’s regular crew Charlie is; when Ian’s neighbours hat blew off we practised our man overboard drill but as we got close it started to sink. Charlie dived overboard fully clothed and rescued it (but it was about 30 degrees!!). Then a little later the putt putt suddenly stopped, Charlie said “I’ll give it mouth to mouth” and I thought he was joking but then he took the top off a little tube near the transom and started to blow !! Ian cranked the motor a couple of times and away we went ! I can’t do that with my Tohatsu outboard. We then travelled up river with the tide and Mack joined Ian for 2 up rowing; I estimated they were doing at least 4 knots. It was good to see the Catspaw dinghy on the water; this really is a nice looking boat that Alan has built with an inboard motor but I’m sure it would also look good under sail. Remember the club has the strong back and moulds for hire for our members to use.

We managed to find shade on the river bank for lunch and headed back to the ramp as the tide had changed in our favour. We were back for 2.30.p.m. as that’s long enough on the water at this time of year. After a final cup of tea, we were away by 3.00.p.m. A very pleasant day with a great collection of boats.

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Product review HOLDON – Midi

“The heavier the load – the greater the grip”

For once a product that stands up to the blurb, well so far.

Found these at Whitworths, and they are for securing the likes of a tarp by gripping the edge. The plastic and appear very strong, the grip is helped by an array of serrated teeth on each side of the plate gripping the tarp. It’s in two sections that when slid together over a notched arm clamp down hard on the tarp edge. When a cord is fed through the two sections and tied off increases the pull and the closure of the two sections increasing the grip.

They come in packets of 10 for around $16.95 so $1.95 each

I have two at present on the edge of a very large tarp covering my NIS26 and no sign of them letting go. To me good value especially when you want to secure a tarp over a boat when there is limited tie down points or the eyes have pulled out.

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Roger’s Reefing Refinement.

There is another simple string device that deserves publicising – Roger’s Reefing Refinement. There are those who are dedicated to rolling the sail round the boom to reduce it’s size and spoil its shape. It may be acceptable on the club slipway for a day sail, but not at sea single-handed.

The alternative is what is variously known as points, slab or jiffy reefing. The principle must be familiar to all – pull down and hook, clip or tie a cringle some way up the luff of the mainsail to the forward end of the boom, and pull a line threaded through a similar cringle on the leach of the sail, and part of the foot of the sail is taken out of use.

The Roger Barnes system requires two reefs of equal depth (a desirable quality anyway) and is simple to fit as Roger has already worked out the geometry of it. The main disadvantage of conventional line reefing is that the line for the second reef hangs slack when the first is hauled down, so one is tempted to remove it altogether until needed, at which point it becomes very difficult to reeve; so, instead of the second line starting at an eye of its own, it starts attached to the first line (by knot, splice or seizing).

The revelation comes when the first reef is pulled down – the rest of the gear remains neat and instantly available for the next reef to be pulled down in its turn. With this arrangement one can reef and unreef in a seaway with complete confidence and ease, thus avoiding the all too prevalent inclination to hang on to too much sail in the hope of getting to shelter and saving yourself the struggle of practically unrigging the boat to reduce sail.

The only other fitting that is recommended is a topping lift to keep the boom where vou want it while you ease the halyard. And, if you have a gaff or gunter rig, make it a double topping lift while you are at it, it makes life aboard a dinghy much more comfortable.

Reprinted from the Dinghy Cruising Association Bulletin 161, Winter 1998

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How Much Bouyancy is Enough


This is the (only) Golden Bay 11 (normally they are 12 ft but this one was shrunk to fit davits)… she sails and rows and motors well even with up to 5 adults on board. A good all round tender dingy but with buoyancy confined to forepeak and rear thwart.

One day, solo, with a bit much breeze it capsized while trying to run square. She floated low in the water and proved impossible to bail out and/or re-enter. So something had to be done.


With respect to how much buoyancy is enough, the plan was to have about 80-90kg of buoyancy in each side tank (including the part of the existing seat tanks in bow and stern-that could be considered an extension of the side tank). The boat weighed a little under 60 kg before, and the estimate was it would add 5-10kg with the new tanks.

How did it turn out?

Looks like the side tanks are just right. The port tank is just above the capsized waterline. A minimum of water spills over the tank and enters the foot well. The water that comes up with it is confined to the middle of the boat and actually acts as ballast and so adds to stability, making it easier to get in.


“Sparky” is fitted with a Torqeedo electric outboard motor, with thrust equivalent to a 2hp petrol outboard.  Alan has done considerable research and experimenting with battery types.

Anyone considering the use of batteries for propulsion would be well advised to discuss the subject with Alan.  Some of the advantages listed by Alan for an electric motor are the ease of starting, quiet and fume-free running.  Also, anybody can switch on an electric motor, but not everyone has the strength to start a petrol motor.



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Caloundra messabout

Once again Caloundra proved our most popular messabout with 20 boats and too many wives and husbands to mention.

This is just a great location, perfect weather with clear blue sky and temperature of 25 degrees plus a good variety of good accommodation from caravan parks and units.  The Power Boat Club makes a convenient location for meet and greet on Friday and a meal on the Saturday night.  19 members stayed until Monday and enjoyed a farewell meal at the Italian restaurant.

Our decision to explore Bells Creek was a great success, Billy our local connection guided us through the very shallow entrance then it was quite deep for approximately 8 km up a very quiet and peaceful creek.

After lunch, we held the Russell Lanigan Memorial Trophy event (see cover photo) and this year we decided like all major events to have two winners, line honour first across the line and the main trophy winner based on a complicated mathematical system known only to the sailing committee based on the age of the skipper (in his early eighties), and the age of the boat (built in 1968).

We were all very pleased that the winner was Larry Loveday in spite of crew Chris Treloar who was not happy that Larry had a Johnson 2.3 outboard not his beloved Seagull.

The line honour went to Ian College sailing his one year old Ian Oughtred 14.6 in a very close finish.  A vintage bottle of Port went to each winner plus the Russell Lanigan Memorial Trophy to Larry.

SUNDAY: At 10.0. clock we held the Timed Man Overboard event.

In lieu of a man, a life jacket was thrown over near the committee boat and time taken to retrieve under sail.  This was not heavily contended but as there was a bottle of Port for the winner, Geoff Williams with Don Burrows as crew were first to have a go and set an unbelievable time of 1 minute.

We then sailed over to the Blue Hole actually on Bribie Island for morning tea then with the help of our local members to guide us through the sand banks we sailed back to the Caloundra side, almost to the Caloundra Bar.

Prize giving and presentation took place back at the beach by the Power Boat Club just after lunch to allow for sailors returning to Brisbane.  A most successful week-end with perfect weather and sailing conditions.

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Brisbane Boat Show

Once again we had a good selection of boats on display and for the show this year.  We had two themes:  (1) to encourage new builders with our stitch and glue practical demonstration which drew plenty of attention and Malcolm Hodgen plans showing CNC ply kit panels; and (2) Our display of very used and loved older boats with Chris Treloar’s Scruffie 14 complete with SEAGULL, Geoff Williams’ Mirror 16, and also Larry Loveday’s Mirror 16 rigged with overnight camping mattress and tent cover together with a SEAGULL on the stern.

So many visitors said “My dad used to have a boat with one of those motors”.

We also had immaculate boats from John Morrison’s Mirror 10 and Wee Rob canoes, Tony Harland’s row boat built for his wife Lyn’s use, Dan Robinson’s Clinker, Ian Oughtred 10-2 Puffin and David Micklethwaite’s restored Welsford Navigator and last but not least the immaculate Murray Iles Splinter  built by Rob Rasmussen.


Our thanks to all Members who came in to man the stands and help with the stitch and glue demonstrations.  I am sure once again we will get more new members and encourage others to build a boat that they have always wanted to do.

Ed’s additional notes:

At the risk of being excommunicated from the WBAQ, I thought the display opposite ours in the foyer of the Convention Centre was very interesting.  It was a small light-weight boat for roof-topping.  The 3m version weighted in at 40kg.  It was constructed of resin impregnated foam between layers of fibreglass, using a vacuum to expel the air from the construction and also facilitate the resin infusion – a very brief and possibly not totally accurate description of the construction process.  The result was a hull (of simple form) with 13mm thick sides and 15mm thick bottom, all constructed of a buoyant material requiring no additional built in buoyancy, allowing the Australian Builders Plate to state “Level flotation”.   But the construction process is not important to us, although the result is.  The idea of foam (or similar) core construction is not new, but I haven’t seen it applied to such a small simple boat before.  It would be interesting to consider a “wooden boat” equivalent – thin ply external and internal skins with suitable buoyancy between.  It would probably need fibreglass covering externally for puncture resistance.  I wonder how the weight would compare.

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