Monday 14 October 2019

Michael, His Tropic 14 and His Cape York Adventure (Australia)

WOW, The last few months have been very hectic busy finishing the boat, prepping for the big trip to the Cape, working, studying... the list goes on, but I have returned alive (ha ha).

I named the tropic HOLDFAST, .as a tribute to my old army engineer Corp, holdfast is their radio codeword. I also read that this term was used in old maritime days to warn people to take a firm grip if a rogue wave was about to hit.

The trip was absolutely awesome. The very first fish caught in the boat was a barramundi just a few minutes and casts into its maiden fishing voyage. My mates first fish on a lure and first ever barramundi! He was wrapped with the 59cm model, only just legal, so we returned the fish to the water as a little sacrifice to the fishing and boating gods.

The trip was full of fish and fun times with mates, some laughable incidents, including not having a working camera at the time of me catching my best salt water Barra at 71cm and the moment I washed one of the fillets off it over the side of the boat and watching it sink straight to the bottom of the deep blue.

I hit (yes hit) not one, but TWO BIG CROCODILES while in less than a meter of muddy water, without even knoing they were there. The boat took it like a champ. I'm just grateful the big bastards didnt have a go at us, as the bigger model was easily bigger than my 4.3m boat and over a meter wide.  Scary to see the raw power of one of those push a wall of water in a huge bow wave as it took off in a hurry.

Such a great trip. HOLDFAST'S first of many!!!



I've got heaps of good stories to tell you both good and funny kind of bad.
The boat handled exceptionally.
Made it across 1000 kilometres of corrugations and hard 4wding tracks without any dramas. 
Also, the little trailer ate it up with no problems as well. !!

The pics dont really do the poor weather justice.

It was absolutely howling winds up there. We initially went to Cape Melville, but 4 days straight of 50k/hr winds made us relocate to Bathurst heads. It's only about 100k drive, but a lot of 4wding involved, so took us a full day to get there.

We did do a small trip across to Blackwood Island, but the close range choppy metre swell, 3 guys and another 200kg of gear put me off going further to the main islands. Even with all that gear and blokes aboard, we did'nt have any waves crash over the bow, thank God, but we literally had to just idle across. I thought the wind alone was going to flip us over, it was pretty nasty.
For that reason we spent most of our time up the rivers and small creeks which is exactly what I built it for.

Man, this boat is a weapon. It's so stable.
I walked the plank the whole time I was up there fishing from the side decks a lot of the time, just to get the best position for that pin point cast. The boat barely moves !!

For more information about the Tropic 14,please click HERE

Saturday 12 October 2019

Laurent's Broadwater 5.1 (New Caledonia)

Its great to see yet another launching, this time from Laurent from the New Caledonia and his Broadwater 5.1 .

"Congratulations Laurent" !!!!!

He writes:
Launched yesterday!
Need some finishing, but she floats and planes at 18Kn / 4000rpm with the brand-new yamaha 70Ch
Does-she look all right?

Thanks for your design, I founded the boat easy and pleasant to build (exept sanding!!) - 2 years during my spare time.
Laurent, Lifou island, New Caledonia

What a top job you did building your Broadwater 5.1 mate !!
Looking forward to hearing more from you and your adventures in the future 

For more information about the Broadwater 5.1, please click HERE

Thursday 3 October 2019

Steve’s NorthWest Island Adventure in his Sea Strike 18 (Australia)

G'day Mark,
Long time no chats!
I've just returned from holidays this week and thought I would share a few photos with you.

We went to North West Island which is located 75 km east of Gladstone, where we set off from.
The trip took nearly 2 hours, we were blessed with 10 knots of wind and not much swell happy about that, the weather allowed us to get out every day though we were governed by tide times.
Great two weeks caught some fish, drank a lot of beer ( 270 cartons) between us all, spoke a lot of dribble, Boat performed effortlessly and has well and truly been blooded and currently smells like a trawler!
I think I may have enlightened quite a few people on the island to BMD, everyone that looked at Scad had to come over for a chat and look, just to see what it was, most were stunned to hear I built it.

Anyway Im still around, quietly in the back ground, I am finally building my camper trailer, which I am aiming on using a lot of the methods I learnt boat building, ply and glass.
It will hopefully be along the lines of a tear drop caravan.

Regards Steve (Aka - Anthony on our forum)

Steve with all 25 of his mates on NorthWest island.
He's is on the left hand side of the photo wearing a kaki shirt and black cap

One of the boys having a quick nap, while the Sea Strike 18 waits patiently on the beach

Preparing tonights dinner.
Looks like fish 'n' chips tonight LOL

Crikey..when these lot go camping, they take EVERYTHING (!!) including the kitchen sinks.
The Beer tent (very important - LOL) , Fuel Depot, Kitchen and more....
Check out this video of their camp set-up (LOL)

Just one of the highlights the island has to offer.
Its now breeding season for the turtles as they come to the island to breed and lay their eggs

Beer 0'clock
It doesn't get better than this I reckon !!
This is GOLD

Looks like you lot had an absolute blast mate !!
We look forward to seeing more of your adventures in 2020 

For more information about the Sea Strike 18, please click HERE