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« on: May 17, 2011, 06:59:30 PM »

Here is a picture of Kens first Nauit Lass.
Originally she was powered by an V4 OMC. Ken was very frustrated by getting kicked by the Merc boys. As a result, he re-powered his timber boat with a 1965 1000 Merc.

(My thanks go to David for putting the pics up on my behalf)

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011, 07:04:04 PM »

Here is yet another pic of Nauti Lass. Here she is sporting a brand new 1966 1100 Merc.

Note, Ken has removed the screen for that little bit extra.

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011, 07:11:28 PM »

Just like any form of motor sport, once it gets in to your blood you always have to buy the latest and best machinery and equipment the very moment it is available.

Whilst Ken was racing the original 16' Nauti Lass with the 1966 Merc, he was having Cec Quilky of Quilky Bros' secretly build him a new weapon out of timber.

Here is a snap shot of the new 19' Nauti Lass sporting a brand new pair of 1967 1100's. This shot was taken whilst Ken was preparing the new Nauti Lass for her first race.

I was only 11 years old when I first saw the new Nauti Lass. That memory is still very vivid in my mind.

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011, 07:12:53 PM »

Stern view.

Nauti Lass wasn't really as fat as she looks in this pic, it's just the photo lens used for this shot.

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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011, 07:16:51 PM »

Here is a clip from an old Modern Boating mag.

Nauti Lass in her first race, a 100 mile marathon which she won outright very comfortably.

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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011, 07:18:07 PM »

This is a newspaper clip about the above race.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2011, 07:23:15 PM »

In 1968 Nauti Lass was re-powered with a pair of brand new 1250's.
She was a very successful boat indeed.

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 09:58:27 AM »

Great work Guy and thank for posting these pics.

Not sure my 700 twins quite compare to 1000's and 1250's though!

Is the boat still in existance?
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2011, 10:05:57 AM »

Your twins would be absolutely fine on something like that. Perhaps you might build her at say 17 feet instead of 19 feet as she was. Luckily the Cec (the builder) is still alive and we can speak with him about these issues.
I'm sure you wouldn't have the need to blast along at over 60mph in The Bay. Your 700's would kick her along at a respectable 45-50mph.

Last week, I asked Ken if he knew the where abouts of Nauti Lass. He said he doesn't know if Nauti Lass sill exists. Cry

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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 02:10:45 PM »

"Need"..... no

desire.... heck yes Grin

But willing to accept the limitations of the twins  Roll Eyes

Would definately love to hear your and Cec's ideas on something suitable for the twins, so we wwill most certainly chat more.

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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2011, 02:15:32 PM »

You just need a Goal (or affirmation) and you'll be totally amazed how quick it will come to fruition. Shocked Shocked

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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2011, 11:47:46 AM »

Hey Aaron,
What a great chat we had on the phone last night, I hope we can meet up soon.

I've just been speaking with Cec again, now he is recovering from a double cateract operation Shocked Ces, said 18' would be a good length for your twins. Soon he is going to scout out any remaining drawings he may have of Nauit Lass.

Cec told me he built a sister to Nauti Lass not too long after he completed the first twin rig. He was commissioned to build the 2nd vessel by a Jockey named Alan Middleton. When it was completed, Alan immediately shipped the vessel to Hong Kong where he lived at the time. Apparently, before returning to Australia for good, Alan sold the replica to the Hong Kong Customs who mounted some sort of machine gun on the bow (just like PT73, Cec said!) Customs wanted the vessel right or wrong, as she was the fastest thing on Hong Kong Harbour at the time, nothing could out run it. Cool

Cec also said, He feels Nauti Lass could well be alive today. Approx 10 years ago, Cec was told Nauti Lass is located on the Central Coast of NSW. I might just have a crack at tracking her down. Grin

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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2011, 02:10:02 PM »

Yes, fun to chat in person and glad we were able to efficiently wind up what could have turned into many hours of chatting. Thanks for all your tips and pointers on the 700 twins and 650 too. Much appreciated.

Have rewatched the Molinari/twister video a few times too and thinking I really like the idea of speed ;-)

A machine gun!

18' sounds good. Did mention to Cec I've go short shafts (looks like Nautti Lass is running long)? Wonder if thatíll be an issue?

I know youíll keep us in the loop, but sing out if there is anything I can do on the search for info.
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2011, 08:39:04 PM »

Hi mate,
Short Shafts are what you need on a vessel like that.
Measured at the centreline, the distance from the top of transom to the bottom of transom would be about 22"- 25"
Where each motor sits on the outside of the deep V, will be about 16.5" from top of transom to under side of hull.

Each Anti Cav plate will be at least 1.5" up from the underside of the hull. Welcome to performance boating with high speed performance props. Yeee Ha!

Outboard powered V boats capable of the 80- 90 mph range, run with the centre line of the Prop Shaft 30mm below the underside of the hull. Sometimes even higher!

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