North Geelong Sailfish

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).

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Australian Amateur Boat Builder

In the current issue (97) of Australian Amateur Boat Builder there is an article on the resurgence of interest in the Australian Sailfish, written by our own Chris Cleary.

When contacted last week, AABB very generously gave their OK for us to put it up on the site for all to enjoy, so here it is:

AABB Issue 97 Sailfish Zombies

And remember, next time you feel the need for some boat related reading matter, check out our own home grown magazine.

Stanley Crocodile found!

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:img_20170221_133511499

So, the plan is to leave Bruce! as is, and place the complete Ockerfish rig on to Stanley, keeping this great blue colour:img_20170221_133520759_hdr

But how, how do I restore this?

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Crossie! Help Crossie! Help!