Hot on the heels of his mammoth drive to Melbourne earlier this year to take possession of Ogg (1800) Warwick quickly realised that he would need a second boat for his kids to learn to sail on if he was to get any on-water time for himself.
And then Martin Kortlucke made contact with Chris Cleary to say that due to ill health he would have to part with his Brisbane-based Australian Sailfish. We contacted a few of our northern Sailfishers and Warwick was quick off the mark, so now he can rest easy knowing that he will get a chance to sail Ogg while his kids learn how to sail on their own Sailfish.
Here is Warwick’s report on progress so far, with a few photos as well:
“The hull looks like a really early vintage design. It is in excellent condition with no obvious repairs completed. Weighing in at healthy 38kg it is a solid build. No flexing anywhere on the deck or bottom. No evidence of any major water penetration. The hull is glued and nailed together with a varnish finish. Martin had recently given the hull a fresh coat of varnish and it looks great.
The aluminium mast and boom look like they might have come from another type of boat and been adapted. The sail is in excellent condition and is a fresher build. Martin had to bleach a lot of stains out of it caused by what he described as a possum nest. It has come up a treat. It has only 4 battens. The top 3 are permanently tied in and are a very stiff rod design with no shape. The bottom batten is an adjustable yellow bluestreak with shape. I googled the sailmaker but they seem to no longer exist. I plan to fit flexible, adjustable battens.
Boat came with the original centreboard, boomvang, and a rudder made by Martin and friends. I have made up a new mainsheet.
No sail number present. No hull number or evidence of a name ever placed on the hull.
As such we do not have any identification as yet.
On the first rigging it became evident the mast was a bit long and needed a bit of length removed.
I have taken about 40cm off the base of mast, repositioned the side and forestays and setup with some rake that was zero if not leaning slightly forward. The height of the boom has been lowered to about 15 – 16 inch.
I also test set up the cadet sail for the kids and will send one through a photo of that when we relaunch the ‘fish. The kids are going to come up with a new name. I plan for this to be the kids boat.”
So there we have it, so far. Norton’s Navy is BACK! For those of us old enough to remember.
Does anyone out there recognise this boat, can you give us some more details perhaps? A plan number would be great, or maybe you recognise it from sailing against it at State or National Titles. If you do, drop us a line, we would love to be able to fill in some backstory.