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Hairies South Wind (Southern Cross)

hairymick

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Dec 8, 2005
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Thanks again guys for all the lovely words. I think she is a tribute to the genious of Matt. I love the lines of this one. I think something along the same lines, only scaled down to about 16 feet would be a beautiful thing. :D :D :twisted:

heya Cat,

Got this one today :D (not from the South Wind), I am letting the epoxy cure for a few days.

It is a Barramundi, Aussies most prized and sought after estuary sport fish.
This one is small (about 31/2 pounds), but is the first one that I have successfully landed from a paddle craft. They are hard,dirty fighters and will tow you into the snags faster than ya can think.
I saw one landed in a stink boat today that was over a metre long.
 

paddlin4reds

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Mornin';
....just remember....per "PETA" ...fish have rights too. ."...They have the right to be salt & peppered, then to be slowly sauteed in a cast iron skillet, over an open fire with real butter and a slice of lemon". Looks like dinner Mate. :lol:
 

hairymick

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Dec 8, 2005
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Hi Matt & Dan,

Thank you very much :D :oops:

I will be taking her for a walk tomorrow on our local lake. Forcast is for 20 to 33 knots from the South East so I should be able to put her through her paces.

There will be lots of piccies and as soon as I can, I will try to work out some sort of a review of her. A mate is coming along in his very good sea kayak so we will have some real idea of performance comparison and I will also post his thoughts on her. He will be trying her out too.

I am very excited about this boat and I can't help but think scaled down versions at say, 14 and 16 feet might be very good things.

I have posted piccies of her on a couple of Aussie forums and there has been a lot of interest in this boat. Mainly from the Sit on Top crowd.
 

hairymick

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Dec 8, 2005
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Hi Dan, again mate, Thank you very much. Coming from you and the designer of the Sea 1 that is a compliment indeed.

The boat and the concept has stirred a lot of interest over here. We have nothing like it. I believe that should a boat like the Sea 1 ever become commercially available here, it would be a winner.

re the foot braces, I have installed rudder mounting bolts during the build. At the moment, I just want to work out optimum seating positions etc for both solo and with a lightweight forward passenger. I am not convinced a rudder is necessary on this boat but in the event that it is. I am ready for it. Once all this is taken care of, either foot braces or rudder controls will definately be going in. possibly also moveable thigh braces.
 

Kayak Jack

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Mick & Matt, I give you both a tip of my hat.

Matt - that is exactly what I had in mind over a year ago when we started talking about Verlen's boats. You have converted it into a design of beauty and the wood certainly show it of well. Also, about 20 pounds lighter than the solid glass versions.

Mick, nice craftsmanship. You can be proud. I expect that hull to weather the waves you have forecast for Monday, and give you a ride you won't ever forget.

This is a hull capable of "swamp to sea". This is a boat you can load for a day trip, or a multi-week expedition.
 

hairymick

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Dec 8, 2005
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Hi Jack,

Thank you mate. This boat is a winner!

Conditions yesterday were as forecast. lenthall's is not a big lake with only a couple of miles of straight channel for the SE winds to funnell down. Chops were no higher than about 6 or 8 inches.

This boat handled the conditions with aplomb. I am so impressed with her, that allmost all of my other boats are now for sale

A pretty full review on what I think of her and a few piccies is here. :D

http://jemwatercraft.com/forum/viewtopi ... =5801#5801

I bloody love this boat. If the Sea 1 performs anything like mine, it is a superbly capable craft. I would not hesitate to recommend mine to anybody who is seeking a fast, stable and very, very versatile boat.

Here are just a couple of piccies :D







 

dawallace45

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If any of you guys want to get a birds eye view of our paddling areas over here and you have broadband just install Google earth and check us out , for my area just put in the place you want to check out in the fly too box as in " Middle Creek , Qld , Australia " , other places in my area to check out are Round Hill Creek, Eurimbula Creek, Pancake Creek, Deepwater Creek, Baffle Creek , the Narrows , Turkey Beach , Rodds Bay and Lake Awoonga , Mick has a pile of places down his way you can get a real good view of , actually I checked out his place yesterday and got a real good view of his house but he can give you a list of places to check out that he paddles , one of them being Lenthalls Dam

David