A Boat on the Side

Speed Freaks II

- and now for something a shade quicker . . . . .

Check out the latest world sailing record contender, Vestas Sailrocket featured in last week’s New Scientist Magazine (18/11.) The high tech hydrofoil is aiming to break the 60knot record. If you’ve never seen footage of the record breaking French trimaran L’Hydroptère at 52.22 knots you’re in for a treat.

Vestas Sailrocket

Current Record Holder L’Hydroptère

- and now for something akin to greased lightening!

Ellardo’s 4 x 4 turbo-charged GT Zimmer Frame

* Wide track, low profile tyres!                  * State-of-the-art turbo-diesel!

* Special paintwork!                                       * Thrilling performance!

* Built-in Viagra dispenser!                          * Free Ray Bans!

- and much, much more!

Now available for only$99.99*

* proof of age may be required

Ellard’s a pensioner . . . . .  well in name only – certainly not in spirit. In October I turned sixty-five – gasp! The horror of it! What happened to the hippie child of 1968? Will I still be able to play my air guitar along the Jimi Hendrix watchtower?

It was sobering indeed to find ourselves pretty much exhausted after a day at Dreamworld with son, daughter-in-law and two lovely, lively grandchildren. A wonderful day out and Dreamworld was surprisingly nice in parts – the tigers and the steam train especially. But by 5 pm we were knackered and grateful for the blissful silence of our house on the edge of the rainforest.

So flattery, propositions, belated greetings, cards, gifts, direct money transfers and orders for new boats will all be gratefully received.

Perhaps on a more serious note, at my age (I love that phrase!!) I am forced to consider various options to ensure that Scruffie Marine not only continues but flourishes. To that end we are preparing a video presentation for interested parties who may want to be involved at any level in developing the multi-faceted Scruffie Marine Pty Ltd.

Talk to us (07) 55451 1015 or derek@scruffie.com



A Rigged Question

Question: When is a lugger a sofa?

Answer: When it’s a settee

Here’s a few quick sketches

The rig is actually something between a lugsail and a lateen and was widely used in the Mediterranean. Doesn’t quite have the romantic ring of “lateen” though . . . . .


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New Full Cabin Stornaway

The second Stornaway featured this month is a modified full cabin version we are building for a retired ship broker and his wife, both vastly experienced sailors, they wanted a “proper little ship to potter around the coast.”

The cockpit has been enlarged fore and aft with a nice “horseshoe” coaming. The starboard bunk has been lengthened to just over two metres and extra stowage has been built in. The photos show her under construction.

Interior Nearly Complete

Stornaways proved to be perennially popular with no let up in orders and now, nearly 80 sold worldwide. It’s not an overnight success however, the boats are the result of thousands of sea miles, lots of subtle improvements and a fair amount of fine tuning to hull and rig. More next month . . .

Yet Another Stornaway Moment?

A beautiful Dayboat, Stornaway number AUS 70 was launched on 3 October. Built by Michael Liles, “Ysolde” looks as fair as her name.

“A couple of pics of "Ysolde" at Paynesville where I enjoyed some excellent sailing in ideal breezes, which has left me keen for more! She attracted much attention.”

Shimmy V Stornaway 

 - neck and neck for the most popular small cruising boat in Australia

Congratulations to Geoffrey Lilburne who launched his boat on 6 November, Shimmy number AUS 71 . . . . . . . . ‘I've now completed the Shimmy and took her for a first sail on Sunday. She performed well in light and flukey airs . . . . Thanks for a great design and excellent support.”


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Stornaway 18 – Easy on the Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Impossible to Kill!

Further to my post on 22 September, progress on the old Stornaway is good. Her hull has been sanded, filled, faired, primed, sanded and sprayed a very smart aquamarine and black. With a pinstripe boot topping, the hull is ready to go – new rudder and all. We’ve made up some new spars, sanded and repaired the deck, fitted a new laminated hatch and a lovely new rounded coaming.

It’s been curiously rewarding to work on her, I say curiously because repairing and restoring old boats has never been a favourite of mine. But with this one, after her near death experience, it is particularly gratifying to see her live again. The older Stornaways were clearly good boats but as a designer and builder I can’t stand still. The new models incorporate more than a dozen major and minor improvements to hull and rig. We’ve been able to incorporate many of them in Ian’s boat.

The keel is now deeper, the rudder wider and more efficient, the new bowsprit is longer and there’s a much more robust sampson post. Out went the old wooden tabernacle, on goes a beautifully polished stainless steel one (thanks again Argon!) We’ve fitted the new coaming section forward and fitted a new pin rail for the sail control and halyards. This enables the jib to be furled in a few seconds and the mainsail brailed up or gathered up to the mast equally quickly. These are important features on a working sailing boat, both in use for well over a hundred years on traditional work boats.

Our part of the renaissance is done as the proud owner will finish off the interior, varnish the spars and re-rig her. Needless to say, he’s extremely pleased and so are we. I was sorry to see her go (again!) but we can’t wait to see her back on the water and in the hands of our most experienced Stornaway skipper.

The Stornaway you can see in the background is a full cabin version but more on that one later.

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