Stuff it! Let’s Build our own Sports Boat – Deck On. Deck On!!

Cockpit floor with access hatches and keel slot.

Cockpit floor with access hatches and keel slot.

Chuck the Muck has a deck!

He was due to be flipped this week but a family holiday has side tracked the builder, Matt (Tim, the owner,is obviously not paying enough or maybe paying Matt too much). Instead, the cockpit deck has been installed.  So we have a sealed hull.  Continue Reading →

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Stuff it! Let’s build our own Sports Boat – Trail it and Sail it

We’ve been following the build progress of Peter Chappell’s “The Cadillac” since mid October when the hull was coming out of the shed (see the history HERE).

Keel installed and on the trailer

Keel installed and on the trailer

The last time we saw her the keel was being fitting and there was some great pictures of the hull lines off the drawing table of Fred Barrett (FBYD  – also the designer of the GP26 amongst other quick machines).  Continue Reading →

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Stuff it! Let’s build our own Sports Boat – Does my butt look big in Black

The squared off transom

The squared off transom

With “Flashy Bits”, “Gucci Bits” and now a “Square Black Butt”, Chuck the Muck is quickly taking shape in Mathew Kelly’s (Kelly Marine) garage for owner Tim Smith in Victoria. Their deadline remains the Festival of Sails regatta in Geelong in late January.

Once the hull is completed, all the other “bits” are ready to go. For a build that started in early September, progress has been outstanding for a part-time build. The technology used in this build is first class and a credit to both Matt and Tim. We really can’t wait to see her on the water and go for a sail against her. Well done all. Continue Reading →

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Stuff it! Let’s Build our own Sports Boat – on the Roids

The Cadillac - Side view, fitting the keel.

The Cadillac – Side view, fitting the keel.

A week or so ago we saw the first glimpses of Peter Chappell’s “The Cadillac”  which was designed in conjunction with Fred Barrett Yacht Design in Tasmania for Peter in Perth, WA and built at the Windrush boat building factory in Perth. It was a quick build, for us, and the boys where hoping for a launch date during last week. Not all things go to plan. Patience young Padawan. Continue Reading →

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Live. Sail. Organise? Live. Sail. Produce? Live. Sail. Enjoy!

Best day sailing ever until ........ Surf2City 2011

Best day sailing ever and ……..
Surf2CIty 2011

Sailor profiles give us a small insight into the sailing history and brain matter of those we sail with and against. It’s also interesting to get inside the heads of those that work professionally in our sport (and often passionately for free in their spare time) to feed all our addictions.

These crazies that step up and make your sailing experience happen are vital in our sport.

We think they’re great and this small moment in the sun, is a little recognition and thank-you for their time and effort. We’ve done a few Professional Profiles now (why are most of them women? Is it my “chick magnetism”? Are men just slackers?) and if we’re lucky, there will be a few more to come.   Continue Reading →

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Profile of a Sailor Girl – Selfie Queen

Tasar Japan Full ResIt’s a strange world when Adventures of a Sailor Girl sounds like an adventure you want to follow and Adventures of a Sailor Boy implies you could end up in front of a judge. 

At ASBA we are all about equality in our sailing and now have a women crew division at all events. I had the pleasure of sailing with our next SBP (Sports Boat Professional) Profilee at the recent QLD Titles and this Sailor Girl knows her stuff. Nic also sails regularly on Zippier in her home town of Sydney but we haven’t yet convinced her to trade in her Taser, Laser, Spiral, 470 ………. Continue Reading →

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Stuff it. Let’s Build our own Sports Boat! – with everything.

The Cadillac

The Cadillac

This build is more a Sports Yacht than a Sports Boat. Nonetheless it is packed full of innovations and a truck load of sail area. 

Peter Chappell in Perth must be getting old because he’s commissioned a boat that needs more than three crew and is no dinghy. The former M24 sailor, amongst other things (Sharpie’s, 505’s, E22’s), has entrusted the Sports Boat knowledge of Fred Barrett in Tasmania and had his new machine professionally built by Windrush Yachts. In the spirit of “Stuff it! Let’s build our own…” they set out to create a boat that has a bit of everything and of course, will go like a shower. 
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