Front cover: Peter Woolman and Phil Webb work hard aboard Noodle Tour during the 2008 Australian 505 Championships held at Hamilton Island.
Check out these boats made by disadvantaged youth and High School students under community youth programs. Allan Charlton purchased a set of cheap plans from a US designers web site and being a novice, purchased some poor quality metric marine plywood (no name, no court marshal).
Rick Fletcher has built a very professional rowing skiff and he recorded each step pictorially. Built during the 2005 Sydney International Boat Show by members of the NSW Wooden Boat Association.
Miles used all materials supplied by DRIVE Marine Services from the Pacific Maple Plywood to the Bote-Cote Epoxy resin that holds her together to the Aquacote paint system to finish her off. The Heritage boatshed doors at the RAN Sailing Association were looking sad with Rot gaining hold in the lower parts. Several customers have completed strip plank kayaks using materials supplied by DRIVE Marine Services. This speed boat was built from scratch using hoop Pine Marine Ply, Bote Cote Epoxy resin and Top coated with Aquacote water based Polyurethane. Charlie selected our products due to their sustainability and environmental safety, as well as our customer service. Kevin Dove is building a cosy Ultra light in his garage and we introduced him to Peelply which has saved him many hours of sanding and improved the strength & finish of glassed surfaces as well as minimising weight. IF YOU HAVE A PROJECT USING PRODUCTS SUPPLIED BY US AND WOULD LIKE IT FEATURED HERE, PLEASE FORWORD GRAPHICS WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH. Curators at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery have spent the past two years gathering a magnificent collection of artworks for a special exhibition celebrating the history of Port Phillip Bay. Founded half a century after Sydney, Melbourne soon outpaced its older rival and remained the largest and most populous city in Australia for half a century. Into this Bay in the mid-1830s came the ketches carrying the founders of Melbourne and the first Tasmanian sheep that gave it an early taste of prosperity. In Aboriginal times the Bay and its shores bred prolific wildlife: visiting seamen marvelled at the edible bird-eggs they could gather.


The essays in this exhibition catalogue are perhaps the most vivid and pithy history of the Bay so far attempted, and will be read and consulted long after this special summer show is over.
Two DK46s representing the MHYC dominated the IRC handicap spoils with a 1-2 finish while line honours winner Craig Ellis’s Elliot 57 Future Shock was crowned the PHS winner in the 2012 Pittwater to Coffs Race, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred and Coffs Harbour Yacht clubs.
In the PHS Division, it was a another sweet victory for line honours winner Future Shock in less than 24 hours for skipper Craig Ellis who took home two trophies after being announced performance handicap winner. With two wins, a second and a fifth, Griffith ended on 14 points knowing that he had to win the last race and overnight leader Reynolds to place third or worse to have any chance of lifting the coveted IRC regatta trophy. Another Sydney 38 Mark Hinchley’s Wizzard came second in the final race to finish on 27 points, picking up third in the regatta.
In PHS, Glen Picasso and his syndicate from the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie region aboard She’s The Culprit banked their best result of the regatta with victory in the final race by 13 minutes from The Real Thing with the SMB syndicate clutching third place.
Griffith, who also won the Sydney 38 OD division for the regatta, will be outright favourite leading into the Sydney 38 OD Nationals to be hosted by the RPAYC from 26-28 January with 20 Sydney 38s expected to enter. Going into the final race Secret Men’s Business, sitting in second place, needed a top two placing to take the title away from B52, but in the end they finished third forcing the result into a count back. With their win in race two, B52 were announced the winner of the dual PHS Pittwater & Coffs Harbour regatta and the inaugural Australian PHS Championships. Hobart yachtsman Nick Rogers wound up a winning week in the International Dragon class by taking out the Martin Graney Memorial match racing trophy on the Derwent, following his decisive victory earlier in the Prince Philip Cup. Four crews contested the match racing, a traditional finish to the Prince Philip Cup regatta, with Rogers helming Karabos IX to top place in the round-robin and then beating the runner-up Ridgeway, skippered by Nick Jones, in the final, with three straight wins. The following link is a well written article by Allan which I recommend all first time boat builders read before commencing their project. I then proceeded to turn it into a coffee table using POUR ON GLOSS on the proviso I could take it to the Timber and Working With Wood shows to brag about how clever I am and show off POG. After Stripping off all of the old paint, he then sealed the timber inside and out using three(3) coats of Bote-Cote epoxy resin.
The distinguished historian, Professor Geoffrey Blainey penned this typically thoughtful foreword to the exhibition catalogue. In the 1850s arrived the swarms of British gold-seekers in the fast American-built sailing ships such as the wooden clipper Lightning and the iron steamship Great Britain, both of which we observe in full colour, the one afire at Geelong and the other in the open ocean.


A century ago most Victorian families thought that they would never have the money even to visit Sydney; and so Sorrento was the Bali and Queenscliff was the Surfers Paradise of their dreams. Overseas visitors to Melbourne observed that the local smoke, the result of burning the coal shipped from New South Wales, was startlingly black. Fishing boats and sometimes Chinese teams walking with wide nets at St Kilda Beach, supplied Melbourne with flathead, snapper and other fish. Reynolds, who sailed an excellent race was pushed into third place by a mere eight seconds, also finishing on 14 points. After all, Melbourne, for valid reasons, is less exuberant about its harbour than is Sydney; and yet this wide expanse of Bay stands high in the imagination and affection of generations of Victorians.
It soon became the busiest cargo harbour in the continent – a title it lost and has recently regained.
Along the Bay patrolled the warships Victoria and Cerberus, for Victoria owned the strongest navy when no all-Australian navy existed. Here, generations of children felt their first red sunburn, caught their first minnows, dog-paddled their first strokes, or played hide and seek in scrub that was thick along the foreshore. Within a range of 150 kilometres were rich goldfields and extensive grasslands such as did not exist within the same radius of Sydney.
And down the same Bay sailed the ships carrying troops to the Maori war, Boer War and later to the Great War, the time when this exhibition terminates.
It is fascinating to see the popular steamer Ozone, with room for 800 passengers swishing the water at Dromana pier. We will not know how many other painters, preferring the Bay to be more romantic and their works of art more saleable, wiped some of the black smoke from their paper or canvas. It was in thick scrub, at outer-suburban Brighton in 1870 that Adam Lindsay Gordon, the most celebrated poet of the day, committed suicide. The painter Septimus Power was obviously as skilled at evoking steampower on the Bay as he did horsepower on the inland plains.




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