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« on: May 15, 2009, 02:36:14 PM »

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My dad, Les Wood designed the first Pride Boat(s) for Johnny Longhurst.

Dad had been building wooden outboard runabouts for 15 years before hand (series of boats called "Kanga"). when Longhurst came back from America all fired up about using fiberglass. He sought out Dad and commissioned him to design the hull onto which they grafted a top deck from a mold that Longhurst had brought back from the USA. if i remember correctly these boats were the first fiberglass boats laid up using the then new Rand guns. We had prototype #1 build with additional stiffening a dnheavy duty frames.

Clive Caporn was a close family friend, he and Lorraine were regular weekend guests and Dad and Clive raced 100mile marathons together. Clive took me on the first of his Sydney to Newcastle and return runs in an early wooden "Caporn" setting what, for then, was a record off shore time.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2009, 10:35:49 PM »

RJW.
 After all these years, we have finally found the roots of a classic Australian boat. We  bid you an extreme welcome here.  I have a high regard for Clive Caporn and feel very priveliged to have "interviewed" him prior to his passing. Please feel free to tell us what you know so that others in the know can share their experience. We have members all over Australia who constantly monitor the Board for updates on subjects like the roots of our outboard boating industry.

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