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Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts => Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys => Topic started by: Chair on March 30, 2007, 01:39:32 PM



Title: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on March 30, 2007, 01:39:32 PM
In the 60s I remember someone travelled from the Australian mainland to Tasmania in I think a Mouldcraft with maybe twin West Bend outboards.
Also Hans Tholstrup circumnavigated Australia in a 16ft Outboard runabout. I remember seeing this boat at the boatshow back then. Was it a Caribbean? Does anyone have any more info on historic Outboard journeys in Australia? I'm sure there must be a plethera of information in old boating magazines.
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Rob on March 30, 2007, 02:55:18 PM
"Two Blokes and a Tinnie" recently aired on the telly althought they cheated a bit with a trailer in parts, they travelled the Darling from source to sea.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Mark S on March 30, 2007, 02:59:54 PM
Gee you must have a slow day in the office today David.

Re- Hans Tholstrup's boat. I'm sure I serviced that boat about 20 years ago. The history that the owner at the time told me is the same as what you say. I thought he was pulling my leg.
Yes it was a Caribbean or a Pride of that length. Orange in colour with a red band 80hp Mercury of around 1970-71 vintage. It had something sign written on the side of the boat. That's all the grey memory can recall at the moment. I think all of our service records from the 80's have been destroyed, but I'll check. I can remember the owner came from the Mornington Peninsula and had a holiday house in Byron Bay, so the boat could be anywhere now. Maybe someone could post a photo of it. Am I thinking of the same boat?
Mark S.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on March 30, 2007, 04:17:59 PM
Never bored when it comes to The Board  ;D
Spot on Mark, it's just as I remember it, sort of a redish orange I recall. Let's hope someone has a picture. It's interesting, that hardly a mention about it can be found on Google search. They do mention his trip from Darwin to Japan in a Haines Signature. The exact year he did the Aussie trip would help, as you say probably 1970.
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on April 02, 2007, 06:56:03 AM
I'm back from a weekend away.
I believe I still have the Modern Boating mags' with article on Han's trip around Aust. I recall it was written over 3 issues. It kept me very interested indeed.
I'll have a grub around and see what I can turn up.
Mark S, the vintage of his boat is correct. It was a Carribean with a 7.5hp Merc auxiliary. Lucky he had the auxiliary, as the 80hp was swamped at one stage of his epic journey.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on April 04, 2007, 06:59:45 PM
Back now, what a top 4X4 camping trip on the weekend.
Anyway, back to Has Tholstrups amazing solo journey of 9249 miles around Australia.
I've managed to locate a Modern Boating Mag dated Feb 1971 ($0.40 by the way) and it has the final leg of the trip as its feature. I'll have to dig up some previous issues at a later date.
The boat was indeed orange/reddish in colour and its name was Tom Thumb.   The sign writing on the side was as follows. BP logo ( in green and gold) at the bow, The rego KW33N (in white), Kieth Whitehead Marine (in white) Caribbean Boats, (in white) a huge decal saying Mercury Powered (in black, red & white).
More later.

MERCMAN.
 


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Boatleg on April 26, 2007, 01:04:23 PM
Hi all. I have just stumbled onto this site. I hope you don't mind some extra input.
I have just purchased (on Tuesday) an orange Caribbean Cougar (Sunset Orange is what it was called). This is in fact the boat that Hans used for his journey. Mine has it's original Blueband in-line 6, 150hp engine. The boat that Hans ran actually had twin mercs (Not sure of the hp). I have an original International Marine colour brochure/catalogue that lists in detail all the Caribbean models from that era (late 70's). My father is actually pictured in one of the boats in the brochure as he sold the boats in Melb many years ago. Hans' 'Tom Thumb' is featured inside the front cover of the catalogue with a small caption on his amazing circumnavigation. I will bring it to work tomorrow and scan an image for the forum.
I would like to keep my current merc running as long as possible. I have included a photo of my latest purchase. I have alot of work to do now to clean her up a bit.  Glad I found the site.  Boatleg.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on April 26, 2007, 01:30:27 PM
Welcome aboard Boatleg. And thanks for the info re the Cougar

It'd be great to hear more from you.  Where are you situated?

David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Boatleg on April 26, 2007, 01:37:13 PM
Hello Chairman.
I am located in Bonbeach, Melb.(or at least until my wife kicks me out for bringing home the Cougar on Tuesday night).
Who said a man can't have two boats at the one time?
Cheers Boatleg.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on April 26, 2007, 04:45:32 PM
Naaa! thats a fallacy. You need one for each season  ;D.
Do you launch at Patterson river? I generally launch at Mordi.
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Boatleg on April 26, 2007, 04:52:05 PM
Mostly Patto. Sometimes Sorrento.

Boatleg.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on April 27, 2007, 08:46:24 AM
Yes, welcome aboard Boatleg,
A fine looking craft you have, definitely a great sea boat.
 
The Cougar that Hans navigated around Australia did have two Mercs. However, they were not twins. The main power plant was a 4cyl, 80hp whilst the auxiliary was a 2cyl, 7.5hp.
I recall the only time Hans had to fire up the 7.5hp was during a huge storm when a rouge wave swamped the boat from the stern and his one and only 12 volt battery was totally submerged in sea water, thus shorting out the vessels electrics.
What an amazing epic journey it was.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Boatleg on April 27, 2007, 09:29:37 AM
Mercman, Right you are about the number of motors. I guess my recollection was the photo in the brochure with twins on driven by the young couple. (If only I could get mine back to that sort of condition)
So as promised, clippings from the catalogue below.

If anybody would like similar clippings/specs re: other models, just sing out.
Models covered: Colt, Caper, Navigator, Comaro, Caprice, Safari, Invader, Crestcutter, Cougar, Baron, Catalina, Commodore(Deluxe & Day Cruiser), Reef Runner, Adventurer, Crusader Sports Cruiser, Crusader, Corsair. It's a real trip back in time to see the fashions worn in those days. (No offence to anybody older than myself meant).

Boatleg.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on April 27, 2007, 02:20:41 PM
Hi Boatleg,
What a sensational collection of Caribbean information you have.
I'm quite sure it will come in very handy as soon The Board attracts even more members who own those Classic Australian Runabouts which play a very important part in the early history of retro boating.

I noticed you failed to mention one my Caribbean favourites: the Donzie.
You may well recall them, they had that Yankee look and feel to them. They were from around the 1966 mark and about a 16 footer, available with a hard top, usually in an aqua/teal sort of colour, with a similar paint design to the Savage Pursuit Deluxe.

MERCMAN.


 


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Boatleg on April 27, 2007, 03:12:22 PM
Mercman, Now you are showing your age.
You've got to admit, the colours of modern boats have nothin' on these oldies.

"Can't get enough of boats"

Boatleg.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on April 27, 2007, 06:17:23 PM
I'll be 51 this year :'(
I guess that means it's half over already?

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Javelin on April 27, 2007, 07:05:37 PM
Hi Boatleg

Welcome from me, Great read. I think you will fit right in with us mad classic boat lovers  :D.

Javelin


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: roofer on June 10, 2007, 10:17:17 PM
Boatleg,
Would love to see the brochure for the caribbean commodore as I have recently found 1 but shes missing her hardtop and has been modified in other areas, dont know if shes a deluxe so could you post both versions when you get a chance. Also need to name her any suggestions anyone?
Thanks,roofer,


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Javelin on June 13, 2007, 05:17:41 PM
Hi Roofer

Welcome, I have always loved Aquaholic as a boat name  ;D

Javelin


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Boatleg on August 15, 2007, 08:48:53 PM
Roofer,
Sorry for the late reply. I hope this can still be of help.
My understanding is that the Deluxe version had a lock up cabin. If he hardtop has been removed this will be the telltale. If the cabin bulkhead has been removed then the moulded sink and stove cavity will also determine if she was a Deluxe or not.
Also had two hull models. Earlier hull shows a distinctive crease about a third of the way up the side from the chine running the length of the boat. Later hull sports a deeper 'V' and no crease.
If still wanted I can upload the brochure images.
Let me know.
Cheers, Boatleg.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Caribbean_Star on June 08, 2008, 07:28:56 PM
There isn't too much information about Hans Tholstrup's circumnavigation around Australia. However, it was in a Caribbean Cougar 17.5' with a Mercury 80HP and it took him 76 days. International Marine in Scoresby built the boat, what is now called Caribbean. I have a 76 model and just finished refurbishing it. Regards, Ben.terry@associatedmarine.com.au


In the 60s I remember someone travelled from the Australian mainland to Tasmania in I think a Mouldcraft with maybe twin West Bend outboards.
Also Hans Tholstrup circumnavigated Australia in a 16ft Outboard runabout. I remember seeing this boat at the boatshow back then. Was it a Caribbean? Does anyone have any more info on historic Outboard journeys in Australia? I'm sure there must be a plethera of information in old boating magazines.
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on June 09, 2008, 11:40:41 AM
Welcome aboard
C/S.
Where abouts do you live?
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Mark S on June 11, 2008, 05:10:49 PM
Hi David,
Do you know anything about a Mouldcraft that was prepared to travel from the Australian mainland to Tassie in the 1950s, a left hand drive model, 15ft, with a Mercury engine fitted? It had the sponsoring fuel company's stickers on the deck and a reverse angle water deflector windscreen fitted, but it never happened. The boat was later sold off without the engine. Someone out there must know about it. That's the story I've been told anyway.
Mark S.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on June 11, 2008, 09:52:52 PM
In the 60s I remember someone travelled from the Australian mainland to Tasmania in I think a Mouldcraft with maybe twin West Bend outboards.

Hi Mark,
This quote is from the first post on this topic. I haven't heard any more, but I think I remember it was part of the moldcraft promotion. Did I see it on one of their brochures? I wonder. I thought it was Westbends prior to them being Merc dealers. They gave Merc the flick for Johnson as they told me in 1966 that Johno's were better in salt.

Anyway I'd sure like to know more if anyone has some info.
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: senojn on June 12, 2008, 09:49:51 AM
A 1961 BP advertisement
Top left Newcastle to Sydney  (Len Sheltrum)

Bottom left Brisbane to Sydney (EricBligh/Gearge Kaddatz)

Tasmania to Melbourne (Clive Caporn/Noel Miller)

Cheers Neil


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on June 12, 2008, 07:14:06 PM
Neil, Can you make out the brand of the donks on the Caporn?
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on June 12, 2008, 08:26:28 PM
Dave, if you left click on the image, it will increase in size. Then left click on the new size, it will increase in size again!
For my money they look like a pair of Westbends.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: senojn on June 13, 2008, 08:50:39 AM
Hi David
They look like Westbends .
Also blown up original which I was going to post under your Caporn item.

Neil


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: senojn on June 13, 2008, 09:18:12 AM
The original is obviously small however I can decipher  down the port side vessel name as LINDA
TAS-MELB.  Caporn Miller
Neil


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on June 13, 2008, 12:59:37 PM
Thanks Neil and Guy, The new scan has confirmed it.
My memory was correct in that I remember a Tassie trip with two Westbends, but I thought ithe boat was a Mouldcraft.
Another tick for Clive Caporn.
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on June 13, 2008, 02:46:17 PM
Those guys (Clive and Noel) were game as Ned Kelly!

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Mark S on June 13, 2008, 05:03:15 PM
The Westbends look like 40hp to me.
Mark S.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on June 13, 2008, 05:27:57 PM
The sea is sometimes quite flat between Tassie and Vic. At least once every 10 years :)


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: senojn on March 11, 2009, 09:14:52 AM
While we are talking about archiving old subjects I came across a beautifully restored double ended lifeboat on Ebay ,under Putt Putt , which was once owned by the above Hans Tholstrup .


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on March 11, 2009, 06:19:04 PM
Have you got a pic of it Neil?
Chairman




Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: senojn on March 11, 2009, 07:07:18 PM
I don't know how to refer you to Ebay sites. Maybe you could instruct me ? You have set them up for me before.

Go to Ebay sight and search under  putt putt. Does'nt expire until 17/mar.

Lots of pics.

Regards Neil


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on March 11, 2009, 09:07:33 PM
Niel, You just go to the ebay listing and hilite and copy the link in the Address window at the top you know the bit http www etc     

 http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Restored-5m-Double-Ender-Putt-Putt-Boat_W0QQitemZ330312759360QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Boats?hash=item330312759360&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

Just like that
David (grandpa)


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: senojn on March 12, 2009, 06:06:08 AM
Thanks David,
Interesting restoration. I could pick it up and store this one for you ! ;D

Neil


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on March 12, 2009, 06:34:47 AM
I'll have to pass on this one Neil, it's too much of a sensible boat for me.
David


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: senojn on March 12, 2009, 09:37:08 AM
Like that ! ;)


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: powerabout on June 18, 2009, 08:38:01 PM
Hi all
I was an apprentice at Patterson River Marina late 70's early 80's.
The late Noel Miller ( and Iris) were a life long friend of my families.
Noel also had an immaculate Caporn with an Westbend 80 on it as I remember the first time I ever waterskiied.

My boss at Patt river was (late) John Cruise (wife Val still alive and well)  who were also long time friends of Noel.
(Johns son Jeff still has the family 69 Escort  with 69 100 Jono which has been garaged its wholelife so still looks new)
John Cruise's brother in law was the late Ronnie Burridge who designed and built racing outboards for the 250 350cc kneelers.
His father Pop Burridge imported the first V4 Evi into Australia

I grew up with dads 69 Savage Escort with its 69 85 Jono sold 10 years ago...

Patt river had been around for years and with 'Cruisy'  in the workshop who had worked in the industry since WWII, we had plenty of old stuff coming in from time to time, not to mention the people.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Moggy on October 27, 2011, 08:01:07 PM
Hi Guys

Found this site and perfect for a Caribbean Cougar that my late dad had purchased second hand in 1970 -71.
This is the story as I remembered, as I was 14 yrs old and living in Whyalla SA.

The Cougar was modified to rear driven helm, so helm a was glassed in across the rear of the boat, so you had the engine well, driver and passenger seat in front of that and then the helm,
 In front of the helm was a large area were a very large fuel tank was mounted, then the original helm.
This was fitted with twin engines.
The story was this Cougar was used to go around Australia to show how good Caribbean boats were and only made it to Darwin as there were too many glass fractures in the hull for it to go on and a replacement boat took it's place to complete the journey.

Now this is were my dad comes in and what I remember.
Dad purchased the Cougar from Lawton Agencies, St Peters SA  in 1970 or 71, Lawtons were the Caribbean dealers and their sign is still there today.
The long range fuel tank was removed, a brand new 115 hp Mec. fitted, Holden bench seat fitted in front of the helm and a windscreen fitted up front in the original position. The stess cracks were still in the hull and weren't repaired as I remember seeing them myself. I think it was grey in colour.

We use to go fishing around Whyalla in the Cougar, I remember that it was a fast boat and would use to go through waves, so we would get very wet. Dad had it for about 18 months and sold it for a 16 ft Bellboy  :)


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: GasGasGas on January 21, 2013, 09:29:32 AM
Left to right, Hans's mechanic (don't know his name), Hans Tholstrup, Peter Horman (my father & General Manager of International Marine (International Group) at the time.  This photo was taken at the end of Hans' Aus Circumnavigation, at Sk Kilda Marina.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on January 21, 2013, 09:55:34 AM
Hi there GasGasGas,
Welcome to The Board. We trust you can find time to have a good look around.
I feel forum will be quite exciting for someone like yourself.

The name of the Mechanic in the photo is Jimmy Smith. He use to race Mercury Outboards in the 60's. After that, Jimmy teamed up as Mechanic for Les Coles, the Father of Rhys Coles of current F1 fame.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: GasGasGas on January 21, 2013, 12:09:06 PM
Thanks Mercman.  I spent the weekend with dad and he's given me some great info regarding the history of Mercury (in Australia) & International Marine/plastics.  More history & detail to come regarding:

INTERNATIONAL MARINE & MERCURY
> Peter & Rex go to US to obtain Mercury franchise but only get Eastern States (Vic, NSW, Qld).
> 1962, whilst working at SportsMarine (or part of board), Elizabeth Street, Peter Horman & Rex Carnegi place order for 100,000 of mixed Mercury Outboard motors
> Mercury ship motors but then decline to release them due to (SportsMarine's) credit rating. Consignment stuck on dock in Sydney.
> Peter & Rex approach Archie Spooner for funding
> International Marine is founded with Peter Horman as GM.  Rex goes to Lake Eildon (with Jeff Lovett) and starts Eildon Boat Harbout houseboat hire.
> 1963, International Marine granted Australian (all) and pacific island franchise for Mercury Outboards
> To avoid importation taxes, Merc outboards are built in US, dis-assembled, shipped to AUS and re-assembled.

INTERNATIONAL PLASTICS
> 1966 (approx), On behalf of Internatinal Group, Peter Horman purchases Pride Marine Corporation for $10.
> Peter Horman and Bob Bones responsible for design and naming of Pride runabouts using 'big cat' names (Panther etc). Designs are 'inspired' by US manufacturers (Glastron etc).
> Producing 1,000 boats p.a.  Brands include Columbia Yacht Company, Bertram Yacht Company, Caribbean (Dorsett), Pride Marine Corporation.
> International Group also importing Homelite 4hp outboards & Lombard Chainsaws.

ST KILDA MARINA
> 1968 approx, St Kilda council have built marina harbour/layout.  International Group (of companies) win tender to fit out marina (moorings) & dry storage sheds
> Earlier, (mid 60's), Peter Horman spends 8 weeks in US visiting and researching marine dry storage and marinas.  His research assists the team (Archie Spooner, Bob Bones, Bob Cook & Peter Horman),  in selecting stackable storage.
> Team design/consign a forklift with forks that go (much) lower than drivetrain

Plenty of brilliant photos to go with all of this history.

Cheers.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: larysumi on January 22, 2013, 07:59:36 PM
Hi GasGasGas,

Interesting stuff. Would you happed to know how they Caribbean steering wheel centres were made International plastic's. I have one that is in need of restoration or copying. It would interesting to see some old factory photo's and if any of the tooling was still around.

Cheers, Michael.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: GasGasGas on January 23, 2013, 07:56:08 AM
Hi GasGasGas,

Interesting stuff. Would you happed to know how they Caribbean steering wheel centres were made International plastic's. I have one that is in need of restoration or copying. It would interesting to see some old factory photo's and if any of the tooling was still around.

Cheers, Michael.

Hi Michael,

Because of their association with Mercury, all Caribbean, Bertram & Pride boats were fitted with (push-pull, rack & pinion) 'Ride Guide' steering systems.  Ride Guide (Quicksilver) were a division of Mercury.  Something like the attached photo.  Don't know where you would source one from but hope this helps?  If you only needed the 'plaque' that goes in the centre of the wheel, you could probably get a decal made up for low cost.

Cheers


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Greg on January 26, 2013, 09:55:53 AM
Hi GasGasGas
It seems as though you may have a source of information re international plastics (your father) I have a keen interest in Dorsett/Caribbean fiberglass boats, my project can be viewed at
(fitouttolaunch ) one word goggle search. I would dearly love to know the true history of these boats because of my involvement in this project, but generally speaking it would be great to see the history of fiberglass boats in OZ as I believe that this will be all lost with the passing of the years.
There must be a huge amount of information out there and it may be an unreasonable request trying to get information from you, but if you are willing I am sure many would appreciate anything you may be able to pass on.
Getting to the subject of my boat even though it is an inboard there are some who may be interested. Progress has been slowed by moving house again, Christmas, family, visits, loosing focus etc etc. I am now getting back on track, the conversion of the Isusu engine to marine is proving to be very time consuming but I feel I am getting there. It is however nowhere near installation. After that is in,should be full steam ahead.
Cheers for now
Greg


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: GasGasGas on January 28, 2013, 11:43:27 AM
Hi Greg,

The boat looks brilliant!  Good job.  I'll send a link to my father, he'll like to see it.  By all means, send any questions to me and I'll relay them onto him....he's more than happy to discuss and has brilliant memory.

Back onto Hans....A mate of dad's (another previous International Marine employee) is Bob Ford.  Bob keeps a large file on Hans with various photos & clippings.  Dad picked it up frmo Bob yesterday.  As soon as I get my hands on it, I'll be setting up a well overdue WikiPedia site specifically for Hans Tholstrup.

Never forget waking up in my bunk bed one morning (down at Portsea) with a giant hairy arm hanging off the top bunk...I jumped up & ran out of the bedroom to alert dad.  It was Hans.  He'd driven a tinny from Tasmania that night, arriving (sea sick) at about 3:30 am.  He'd called dad, tied up the boat to Portsea Pier and made his way to our house.  I helped him on his way the following day & checked out the boat.

Will be good to get him onto Wiki with some accurate info & photos.  He's a legend.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Greg on January 29, 2013, 02:55:16 PM
Thanks for you reply GasGasGas, I "googled"  Hans but could not get a firm handle on his recent history I`m curious to what has become of him as I too remember his adventures both on land and water.
To more selfish matters I wonder if you could ask you father the following.
1.Does he know how fiberglass powerboats sales began in Aust.
2. Was Arch Spooner  of( international marine ?) the father of the fibreglass powerboat industry in Aust.
3. What was the original main brands of fiberglass powerboats
4. Does he know the history of the Dorsett,Caribbean relationship
and finally
5. does he know what Dorsett models were made/imported here and what they were called
Its a lot of info.any help will be appreciated.
Cheers for now


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: GasGasGas on February 04, 2013, 09:41:41 AM
Hey Greg, sorry I haven't gotten back to you.  Will have to wait till I see my father in a couple of weeks to get more info on early fiberglass manufacturers.  Will follow up your questions though.
Cheers.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: Chair on April 01, 2014, 04:12:31 PM
Hello all, well we just struck gold, I got an email from Hans himself today and he tried to join the board, but a bug has inhibited him. I'll try to get him to chat with us, but he wants to find his boat. I'm sure an update will follow shortly
Chair


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: senojn on April 01, 2014, 05:11:26 PM
Wonderful news David .
This will take us on another tangent !




Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: MERCMAN on April 01, 2014, 07:09:45 PM
Have you seen the number of "hits" that this particular Thread has had to date?

Well over 14'700 so far. Wow!

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia
Post by: andrewallan on April 01, 2014, 07:36:27 PM
Prob spammers.....not wishing to be a "downer"!

But, it's great to see more interaction.

Huay