In early November the website received an email from Al Martin, letting us know that he had just been given a Sailfish that was in need of restoration. The boat had been stored in a shed in Campbell’s Creek for over 20 years and was Jamie Robinson’s old boat 3333, Ripper. Those of us who were around in Victoria in the early eighties might remember a green hull with a green (!!) Frank Hammond sail. From what we know, 3333 went from Jamie to Scots College where it was used as a trainer and then to the shed in Campbell’s Creek.
Al came over to Cairn Curran a few weeks ago and introduced himself, although without his Sailfish, as it does need a bit of restoration work, and then yesterday he emailed me some photos of Ripper rigged up at his place. To quote Al:
“3333 seriously has 20 plus coats of paint on it – lots of red lead and then orange – thus the cracked look -(Its often over 50 celsius in the sheds up here) there is a small amount of edge dammage and a small but quite professional hull patch underneath”.
This might be a good time to invest in sandpaper stocks, there might be a lot required to take Ripper back to a sound base!
And he even has a keen Sailfish sailor waiting for Ripper to be ready to launch, his niece is dead keen to have a go!
So we are looking forward to seeing 3333 back on the water with us some time soon.
As of the 28th of November this one has gone, off to a new home on Lake Macquarie.
Chris Cleary, one of the moderators of this website, visited Geelong on Monday 23 October and took the opportunity to inspect the Australian Sailfish on sale at 123 Retro Antiques, 3/287 Melbourne Rd, North Geelong (see blog post 1 Sept 2017 and Classifieds).
An assessment of the boat was limited by the unwillingness of the shop’s manager to lower the hull from the wall. We were told to return on a Saturday when there would be staff to assist. Nevertheless, the hull looks to be in good condition apart from a small but easily repairable puncture hole in the bottom on the starboard side. The bottom panels and sides are painted. The deck is a very attractive varnished ply with a lovely figured grain. The appearance of the deck is spoilt slightly by the non-skid material applied aft of the main track. There were two centreboards with the boat, one of which was for the Sailfish, the other for a larger dinghy.
The price has been reduced to $159.
Apart from the hole in the starboard bottom panel, the boat appears to be sound and well-constructed, with the paint and varnish in good condition. It has the appearance of a serious racer.
For anyone seeking a mount for the forthcoming regatta season, this boat is well worth considering, and is too good to be lost or thrown away, so take a drive down to North Geelong and check it out.
If you are interested, visit on a Saturday (and even then, ring beforehand to confirm that it can be taken off the wall for close inspection).
So today I went to look at a Sailfish in Geelong. It was very rough, beyond my skill set to restore, and just as I was about to walk out the owner said “I’ve got another one over here”. No rig, no centreboard, no rudder, but any of us that were around in the late seventies know this name:
So, the plan is to leave Bruce! as is, and place the complete Ockerfish rig on to Stanley, keeping this great blue colour: