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Game Fishing Boat
We are trying track down a long
lost boat that’s important to our family.
Snow Goose, a beautiful 43ft game fishing boat owned by Ray
Thomas of Santa Catalina flats Shoal Bay, Port Stephens. Built
1963-69 by Terry Trendell. She was the flagship of the Shoal Bay
Game Fishing Club often chosen by Bob Dyer & Jack Davey in
Sold in the 1980s, brought to Sydneys’ northern area (Middle
Harbour or Pittwater?).
She then had a name change, to what? More than likely bought
by a developer or estate agent as a land swap was part of the sale.
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Saint Marine Products
(Bluey) Williams & Clem Masters Boats
I have been trying for the best part of two years to locate
Graham (Bluey) Williams ocean sailor and builder of fine yachts
including Fare-Thee-Well, Cardinal Puff, Tequila and Skirmish.
Bluey delivered boats and yachts to Sydney. He was in charge
of Sea Mist, a Clem Masters 33ft cruiser, when in rough seas he
located the rudderless Kurura a competitor in the Sydney to
Brisbane Yacht Race off Cape Moreton in March 1967 and towed
her to safety in Cabbage Tree Creek.
Blue Williams may be able to assist my research into boats
designed and built by R.C . Masters Boat Builders P/L.
I would be dead had the trimaran
Bandersnatch been lost on the return
journey from Hobart as Bill Riley (Afloat
Mar’17) claims. We sailed it back to Sydney
from Hobart, no problems.
Later, Bandersnatch was being returned
from a boat show in Melbourne and set off
into a midwinter gale. It was found some
time after with its float lost and no sign
of crew. Great tragedy, caused partly by
the time constrained skipper setting off into those conditions.
It was not Locke’s son but brother that was lost. I ‘neglected’
to mention this loss but I also ‘neglected’ to mention that Perpetual
Loyal lost her keel in the Fastnet race and was abandoned.
Those were early days, and we learnt; the owner skipper
John Hitch built an improved version which held the Brisbane
to Gladstone race record for 13 years. I completed my tri and
circumnavigated, enduring a 67 knot gale off cape Hatteras.
Locke started a very successful company that has become Incat
The seaworthiness of multis has improved while that of
“keelboats” (another name is needed for canting keel boats, motor
sailers perhaps) has diminished. It is time to realise that we all
love the sea and sailing, and forget our innate conservatism and
learn to love each other.
Creek and the removal of suitable camping spots at Myall Lakes
fearing fatalities from falling paperbarks.
The destruction of a 90-year-old 2m long steel water pipe,
used by generations of boaters must have seemed small fry, until
many of those users and importantly their offspring became
informed; the level of rage and indignation has been amazing.
Why do these faceless decision makers remain anonymous?
If whoever made the removal decision felt strongly enough to
initiate the order why is he or she not made to defend their
rationale before those persons impacted.
Thankfully common sense has prevailed; the pipe will
be replaced and the quiet majority will resume their boating
activities. Those of us who are aware of the inane threats flowing
from National Parks will await their next move.
Robert Vine, SY Liberte,
Bilgola Plateau, NSW.
Cottage Rock shower
Good news! With the help of
Rob Stokes’ office and approval from
NPWS, a new shower water pipe has
been installed at Cottage Rock.
I got a phone call from NPWS. They
approved the installation of a black
(PC) pipe over the cliff at Cottage
Rock and it was installed on Friday
10th March as can be seen in the photo of the finished work.
Thank you all at Afloat for your help in achieving this great
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