Legend Boat Builders has created a niche in the Aluminium boat building market, in vessels under 25-metres covering industries in commercial boats, fishing boats, work boats, boats for the off shore oil industry and charter boats. Since its inception in 1993, Legend vessels continue to display excellence in design and performance, together with the finest quality Aluminium construction.
With total focus on a comprehensive service all Legend products are highly sought after by professionals across the marine industry. Legend has vessels operating in most mainland states and Tasmania, and has developed a strong New Zealand-based clientele proudly introduced to the company through personal recommendation. With a focus on Trust, Quality and Service Legend Boat Builders produce boats different to any other. Colin Smith Boat Building and Repairs in Mount Gambier, Limestone Coast, South East South Australia and Western Victoria. Specialising in the Manufacture of custom built aluminium boats and trailers, from 4 metres to 15 metres, tailored to meet your specifications. When my cousin Geoff Hyde asked me to build him a new trawler it was not the first time he had approached me to build him a boat. Geoff bought me a twenty-inch band saw and I had a homemade circular saw on which we would cut the planks.
Three of my sons are boat builders, one works from my yard, one has his business in the Philippines, while the third is now an engineer on a gas ship in North Western Australia delivering gas to Japan.
I had built a small sixteen foot dinghy for myself in 2007, and I thought that would be the last vessel that I would be building, as I was already 83.
The trawler would be thirty foot, with a 12ft 6ins beam, shallow draft to fish in Fullerton Cove a shallow bay on the Hunter River. Now Geoff had expected that Gary and I would try to talk him out of this deck arrangement but when we didn’t, he questioned us why? It was to have a flush deck, with twenty-inch high bulwarks, the beam shelf was laminated to 4x2ins and birds mounted into frames. To get as much aperture as possible, the bottom of the stern only draws three inches of water. The hull, deck and cabin is covered with fibreglass chopped strand mat, there is a focsle up front with a bunk under the deck, six cupboards, a rope locker and a toilet. The engine is a Swedish computerised turbo charged six-cylinder 150HP Steyr diesel that is housed under a hatch. The winch has an eight and a half Honda motor, driving through a Combi gearbox and differential and sits on the engine hatch. Christened the Hod by Geoff and his daughter Amanda, after the nickname of Geoff and his wife Pat’s daughter Anne who passed away in 2007.
Thirteen years earlier Anne had been injured in a terrible car accident that had left her a paraplegic. In conclusion the boat is very fast for a semi-displacement hull … with an estimated speed of twelve knots. Eighteen months ago one of our most interesting guest speakers was Craig Wilson, talking on winter maintenance. After checking that the predominant interest in the room lay with sail, as opposed to power, Craig fired up the computer projector and launched into a power point talk. The perfect antifoul is a product by Prop-Speed but it’s a tad pricey for whole hulls.
Osmosis is a separation and leakage under the gelcoat, mainly on polyester hulls and can extend over all the layers of the substrate, generating a brownish liquid akin to glycol. When it comes to painting, especially below the waterline, Craig definitely favoured epoxy products all the way. Another area for constant concern is ‘glass-sheathed timber since this often delaminates, especially if polyester resin was used. For electrics Craig again recommended the use of tinned wire but warned that it was not available in motor shops suggesting the price might be high, and also suggested smearing all connections with Vaseline for insulation and sealing.


As far as the timing of maintenance goes, the condition of antifoul and anodes dictates when to haul a boat out of the water while maintenance above the waterline is usually ongoing. At the first visit he’d all but finished the two amahs and had the port half of the hull and deck mostly planked up in a female mould made up from particle board shadows. Harry had temporarily set up one outrigger arm on its hinge and he was able to demonstrate its operation quite easily.
As stated in an earlier article, the main hull appears beamy at deck level (probably 2m or so), and with the full-width cabin, appears most commodious. With the completion of the outriggers and hinges Harry is getting close with this project, as long as he doesn’t go buying any other boats.
The vessel is in 2B NSCV Survey for 10 passengers plus 2 crew or 4 overnight passengers with 2 crew. This Vessel is ideal for a range of work boat requirements, including use as a pilot vessel.
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Will do 80kms an hour in 30cms of water Features: Step Ladder, Load Ramps for ATV, Stax Fire Protection System, GME GX600D VHF Radio, Dash Mounted Compass, and satellite navigation. He had seen a boat rigged like this on his first trip to Tin Can Bay in Queensland in the Pam Boy back in 1957. We couldn’t get a hardwood keel so used 6x8ins Oregon pine, also for the bow-post and deadwoods. It is the same height as the bulwark in front of the cabin and extends into the cabin as far as the console does, to give more headroom.
The back of the cabin and across the stern has two, one on the outside edging and one on the inner edge, also protected with stainless steel wherever chaffing can occur. On November 26 we finally, after a bit of a wait, got him back to enlarge on the ideas he originally spoke about.
The big O can be detected either visually by bubbling or by tapping the gelcoat and listening to the sound. There are various acid-based products for cleaning; all of them needing dilution to a greater or lesser extent.
Quality two-pack epoxies from names like Hempill and International, sourced from marine suppliers rather than hardware shops, are the way to go.
Some electricians specialize in marine work and Craig’s favourite is Jenkins Auto Spark in Myaree, which is not too far from the water. Care of the motor should, of course, be based on the manufacturer’s manual (if you can find it). Up in the hills just east of National Park he’s still working on a Farrier F82A folding tri in Western Red Cedar strip plank. This was then to be hauled into the roof, the shadows re-arranged for the starboard side, that side laid up and the port side lowered onto it for joining. The hinges work on unequal-length arms themselves, so that the inner ends rise up as the outers fold down, tucking the amahs in under the main hull for trailing.
One of these, a John Leather (I think) 17′ day sailor, was on a trailer in his yard and is in excellent nick. Interior and cockpit furniture is now much closer to being complete, seat backs to bunks, etc, etc and most importantly, the outrigger arms are done, all four of them.
However, this is a fast multihull and to this end Farrier designed a wine-glass shaped main hull section that steps down the waterline beam considerably, so that in the water you’ve got a fairly narrow main hull stabilised by one or both amahs. But of course he still has to paint it, negotiate with sailmakers and rig it, all of which takes time. I had built several open prawn boats for pre-trawling and three small river trawlers, two under 20ft and a 21-footer for myself before the Pam Boy. But we told him it was his boat and if that was what he wanted then that’s what he would get.


There is a second mast at the back corner of the cabin in the centre of the boat that has two booms, one to the starboard side for lifting the cod end onto the picking table. He seemed to think that timber was the hardest to deal with, whether wet or dry, although aluminium and steel could be difficult to get fair and polyester glass usually suffers from osmosis.
When found there’s nothing for it but to grind out the whole weakened area and repeatedly wash out the brown liquid before building up with new materials. Craig’s favourite is Kleen-a-Hull and it can be used to remove oxidation and stains from anchor wells, etc, etc. Epoxy primers in particular rely on their solids content for effectiveness – the higher the better, with 45% being desirable. Electrolysis falls under the heading of electrics, too, and is best managed by earthing all subject areas with a common earth with, of course, suitable sacrificial anodes fitted outside. The off-centre fin case was in place, along with the carcases of much of the internal furniture, having been built in when the half-hulls were laid up. The wheelhouse was aft, with the cabin in the centre of the boat to the port side and the picking table on the starboard side with just enough room between the table and the cabin to carry a fish box.
Roger & Lough Marine Engineers of Bulimba Queensland have made my propellers and under water gear for many years. Hairline cracks that are not yet osmosis may often be found near bulkheads, keel bolts, bearings and skin fittings.
After using these acid-based chemicals on stainless steel, however, it’s important to polish the metal with something like T-Cut, followed by a wax.
Antifouling, he reminded us, works by the paint falling or wearing away in an ablative process and new antifouling only needs to be applied when the old has just about worn off. And the best of gelcoats eventually become dowdy and need to be painted over, preferably with a good two-pack epoxy.
It presents its greatest risk in marinas, especially when hooking up to AC power for battery chargers, fridges and so on. I would imagine there’s a fair amount of weight counter-balancing inherent in the hinge design, too, to minimise the amount of muscle needed to fold and unfold. Craig didn’t really say what to do about these but it would seem reasonable to grind down and replace the gel coat, while reinforcing internally in the bad cases.
Once again gelcoat needs to be examined for stress cracks, especially near stanchion bases and so on, with consideration for the possibility of delamination and osmosis. The outrigger hinges had been manufactured, at horrendous cost, in Queensland but a start was yet to be made on the arms themselves. Hinge boxes are moulded into the main hull just ahead of, and also level with the aft end of, the main cabin. Stripes, often stuck on, can improve appearance but, when too wide, may make the boat seem too short. Cooling systems can conduct the difference into the boat so that the big E can attack both internally and externally. These cavities contain the hinges and the inner ends of the arms when everything is locked into the operating position. Another thing to remember about antifoul is that products advertised lavishly in northern hemisphere publications may not be as effective in the warmer waters we have here.
As far as application techniques go, spraying is usually a no-no on yacht club hard-standings which leaves choices of brush and roller. Craig very much favours the brush, pointing out that rollers lift off the paint as well as lay it down.



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