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details (e.g. Name, phone number, email address and suburb).
C’est la Vie
I am the recent owner of C’est la Vie a 26ft Quest 8 sloop
designed by Bluey Williams and built in Queensland by Hooper
Bros about 1983.
I would be most grateful for any further details readers may
be able to provide: line plans, old photos, history etc.
02 9958 1863; <email@example.com>
Fishing boat Fazza
I am interested in finding information on a 29ft custom built
sports fishing boat called Fazza.
If anyone knows her whereabouts I would like to contact
tel: 0418 412 160,
Sandra Ellis of Nowra asked if anyone may have any further
details about the Lady Evinrude (Afloat Sept’15).
Lady Evinrude was built by my father John Robinson boat
builder of 8 School St, Balmain East. These boats were marvels
of the time ... very fast and scary. As a 4-year-old I was used as
an example to show customers how safe they were.
I spoke with the Ombudsman who told me it is not under
their jurisdiction and suggested I contact the Australian
Communication and Media Authority – who acknowledged this
is the case but they could not do anything about it.
Someone who uses a satellite phone is invariably an individual
who is most likely out of range of where they can receive any other
communication. As the unit is not always active, a text message
is vital to make contact for when a connection can be found.
That the carriers have the ability to unblock and allow an SMS
to go through to a satellite phone using a different carrier, and yet
do not make it as an automatic procedure, is incomprehensible
and it endangers lives.
How many people are told when they hire a satellite phone
that they can only receive selected SMS texts? The person from
Telstra told me a story of a lady from N.Z who was trying to make
contact via SMS to her parents who were travelling in outback
Australia but could not reach them because her carrier does not
recognise 014 numbers.
All mobile phone carriers can and do forward SMS from
other carriers. Why should this be different for a satellite phone?
This can cost lives and who takes responsibility? Not any of
the carriers. Their intransigence in this matter is contemptible.
To add another tale about this ship (Afloat Aug’15), my husband
and I were passengers on the Northern Star in Jan-Feb 1966.
We met very early on the trip, which went via South Africa, as
the Suez Canal was closed. We became friends, the relationship
endured. We were married in Sydney in 1967.
My husband, originally from Holland, was always interested
in boats and shared his dream to build a steel yacht. He began
work on it in 1975, launching it in 1979, and naming her the
Northern Star, after the boat we had met on.
Together, we cruised the East Coast from Recherche Bay to
Cairns. She was moored at Parsley Bay, near Brooklyn on the
Hawkesbury River for 32 years, when we finally sold her, leaving
us with many fond memories of our adventures on the water.
Most were called ‘Lady or ‘Miss’ something or other. I have
photos of many of them also Rive d’Or and Toor ight. They were
wonderful times ... but not for the neighbours who regularly
complained about the noise of the outboards.
The O’Donaghue family of Clae Engines fame were next door
on the waterfont and I regularly ‘baby sat’ their children.
Betty Wood (née Robinson),
With reference to Philip McEvoy’s letter ‘Harry McEvoy and
motorboat Cettien’ (Afloat D e c ’15) .
This boat did indeed represent St. George Motorboat Club for
one of the Griffith Cup races, though it does appear that Harry
McEvoy also represented a number of clubs in the early 1930s
including RMYC Rose Bay, and Australian Motor Yacht Squadron
(Middle Harbour) of which he was the Vice Commodore in 1932.
While he is referred to as Commodore, I cannot find any
record of which club he was actually Commodore, though I do
suspect that it may have been the Australian Motor Yacht Club.
The boat was powered by a Packard-Curtis aircraft engine,
but when it was rebuilt around or immediately after WW2, it was
re-powered with a Rolls Merlin.
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