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« Reply #30 on: June 13, 2008, 02:46:17 PM »

Those guys (Clive and Noel) were game as Ned Kelly!

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« Reply #31 on: June 13, 2008, 05:03:15 PM »

The Westbends look like 40hp to me.
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« Reply #32 on: June 13, 2008, 05:27:57 PM »

The sea is sometimes quite flat between Tassie and Vic. At least once every 10 years Smiley
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« Reply #33 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 .
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« Reply #34 on: March 11, 2009, 06:19:04 PM »

Have you got a pic of it Neil?
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« Reply #35 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.

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« Reply #36 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
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« Reply #37 on: March 12, 2009, 06:06:08 AM »

Thanks David,
Interesting restoration. I could pick it up and store this one for you ! Grin

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« Reply #38 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.
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« Reply #39 on: March 12, 2009, 09:37:08 AM »

Like that ! Wink
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« Reply #40 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.
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« Reply #41 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  Smiley
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« Reply #42 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.


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« Reply #43 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.

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« Reply #44 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.


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