Older fast Aus multies

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Rawhide

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Anyone know what happened to Asassin? A Nichol tri that was extended and was the fastest thing in QLD before Pumpkin Eater came along(before it crashed).

 

Y-Bar

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/monthly_11_2011/post-33189-071193600%201320966353_thumb.jpgTalking of dissapearing boats.Where has Spirit gone?
As a family we moved to Seattle for 7 years and shipped the boat over and played around in the Pacific North West.

When George was kind enough not to renew our visas and we were all told to head back to Australia we decided to sell the boat.

She was purchased by a guy called Michael Reppy whose goal was to break the record for single handed SFO to Tokyo. The boat was then renamed as Dolphin Spirit http://www.dolphinspirit.org/ and was going to be used to highlight the issue of dolphin killings in Japan.....

The last thing I heard was that due to the issues in Japan this year that he put the boat up for sale... not sure if anyone bought it or not, but for the price they were offering a new owner would be getting a lot of bang for their buck.
Hey Rohan, i saw it up for sale for around 130K US. As you say a lot of bang for buck!!!!!
Yep - still for sale

grainger tri

Jeez thats wide nearly the same dimensions of a OMRA 60 but 20ft shorter almost square.

You would need to be at the end finger in most parking lots.

Did it ever race in aus or win any major regattas

 

tri

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/monthly_11_2011/post-33189-071193600%201320966353_thumb.jpgTalking of dissapearing boats.Where has Spirit gone?
As a family we moved to Seattle for 7 years and shipped the boat over and played around in the Pacific North West.

When George was kind enough not to renew our visas and we were all told to head back to Australia we decided to sell the boat.

She was purchased by a guy called Michael Reppy whose goal was to break the record for single handed SFO to Tokyo. The boat was then renamed as Dolphin Spirit http://www.dolphinspirit.org/ and was going to be used to highlight the issue of dolphin killings in Japan.....

The last thing I heard was that due to the issues in Japan this year that he put the boat up for sale... not sure if anyone bought it or not, but for the price they were offering a new owner would be getting a lot of bang for their buck.
Hey Rohan, i saw it up for sale for around 130K US. As you say a lot of bang for buck!!!!!
Yep - still for sale

grainger tri

Jeez thats wide nearly the same dimensions of a OMRA 60 but 20ft shorter almost square.

You would need to be at the end finger in most parking lots.

Did it ever race in aus or win any major regattas
Yes we did around 8 years racing in Australia from Melbourne to Tasmania and up as far as Port Douglas and we came home with a good swag of trophies for first across the line.... We were also the first boat to break the 1hour 50min bracket for the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race but that was before they really started keeping records on the fastest time multihulls (Sportscar from here does have a video of it somewhere) - it was a shame that it then took us over 2 hours to get the pick to stay in the ground in Geelong as it affected the drinking time.

Like our previous boat Ocean Emu, she could push out speeds in the mid to high 20 knot range hour after hour with very little effort so she would be an ideal boat for anyone who wants to do some short handed racing. From memory the top speed we had was around the 34 knot mark but we all gave up looking at the readout as the boat was quite happy to go faster but we were not so keen on it.

 

tri

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Did i read correctly that the new owner added a rudder to the main hull???

Was she originally designed with rudders only on the amas ?

Love the Grainger lines.
Yes we only had rudders on the floats which was fine 90% of the time but in days when there was little wind it did cause a few issues

 

DaveK

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i think this would have had to have been one of the most successful racing yachts ever (and still one of my favorite boats!) - and ian and cathy were in a league of their own in this country at this time.

fantastic clip.

thank you!

Ahhh that fantastic designed 40 Crowther tri - Bullfrog etc is really my all time favorite boat.

heres a movie http://currentsunshi...rbatim480-1.mov
Thanks for the clip

Great vid! That 1985 Tina Turner song kinda says it all.... a long time ago.

 

harryproa

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Ahhh that fantastic designed 40 Crowther tri - Bullfrog etc is really my all time favorite boat.

heres a movie http://currentsunshine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/verbatim480-1.mov
Wow, did that bring back some memories! Meeting Cath and Ian in Plymouth (we were all so skint our last meal before the Round Britain was a salad and 4 forks). Both of us capsizing in the race. Then crewing on Bullfrog in Sydney Hobart faster than an 80' maxi, Hamilton Island, Bris Gladstone and harbour racing against John West, the Nacra 36 and Riverside Oaks, . Pretty sure I am the poor wet bastard hanging on to the shroud at the end of the video.

Cath and Ian are indeed legends. Probably did more to get multis recognised in Aus than any other sailors.

Thanks Seagul.

rob

 
How about Shot over, I heard she did one Brisbane to Gladston, and also the 60 foot version of bullfrog, I Cant remember her name, but was in Scarborough, when she came in after losing the rig in a cyclone in the crossing from N.Z. , She was HUGE at the dock...

Not too mention there was a long story behind the build of the big tri. More of Senior Crowther's designs. ;)

 
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cynophobe

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How about Shot over, I heard she did one Brisbane to Gladston, and also the 60 foot version of bullfrog, I Cant remember her name, but was in Scarborough, when she came in after losing the rig in a cyclone in the crossing from N.Z. , She was HUGE at the dock...

Not too mention there was a long story behind the build of the big tri. More of Senior Crowther's designs. ;)

http://youtu.be/XvPTJbCqoqM

Avatar has retired to the Whitsundays.Trimariner can tell you more about her.

 

Mitre cut

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How about Shot over, I heard she did one Brisbane to Gladston, and also the 60 foot version of bullfrog, I Cant remember her name, but was in Scarborough, when she came in after losing the rig in a cyclone in the crossing from N.Z. , She was HUGE at the dock...

Not too mention there was a long story behind the build of the big tri. More of Senior Crowther's designs. ;)
From a mate who was onboard at the time - there was no cyclone involved in the loss of the rig, yes it was windy but certainly not a cyclone. It was as simple as a turnbuckle that wasnt locked and come unwound.

And that was only one of quite a few issues in the crossing but that can wait for another time.

 
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Y-Bar

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How about Shot over, I heard she did one Brisbane to Gladston, and also the 60 foot version of bullfrog, I Cant remember her name, but was in Scarborough, when she came in after losing the rig in a cyclone in the crossing from N.Z. , She was HUGE at the dock...

Not too mention there was a long story behind the build of the big tri. More of Senior Crowther's designs. ;)
Shotover had line honors a few times.

Here is a bit of history for you here Keith. http://www.mycq.org.au/big_multi/BM_BrisToGlad/BG_Honours.htm

The other 40ft Shotover 2 had line honors as well.

Anyone know where it is.

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craig fraser

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How about Shot over, I heard she did one Brisbane to Gladston, and also the 60 foot version of bullfrog, I Cant remember her name, but was in Scarborough, when she came in after losing the rig in a cyclone in the crossing from N.Z. , She was HUGE at the dock...

Not too mention there was a long story behind the build of the big tri. More of Senior Crowther's designs. ;)
Shotover had line honors a few times.

Here is a bit of history for you here Keith. http://www.mycq.org..../BG_Honours.htm

The other 40ft Shotover 2 had line honors as well.

Anyone know where it is.

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I happened to see a fantastic site when Shotover2 missed a rounding mark in the 88 Bris to Gladstone in Bramble Bay which almost put her last but once around the breeze had increased to 20kts and this was an awsome site watching her run through the field with two mains and a tiny shy kite at mindblowing speed and spray to be head of the fleet by the time they reached Moreton Island, I think John West and Bullfrog were in the fleet as well so just goes to show, one of my all time favorites

 

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How about Shot over, I heard she did one Brisbane to Gladston, and also the 60 foot version of bullfrog, I Cant remember her name, but was in Scarborough, when she came in after losing the rig in a cyclone in the crossing from N.Z. , She was HUGE at the dock...

Not too mention there was a long story behind the build of the big tri. More of Senior Crowther's designs. ;)
Shotover had line honors a few times.

Here is a bit of history for you here Keith. http://www.mycq.org.au/big_multi/BM_BrisToGlad/BG_Honours.htm

The other 40ft Shotover 2 had line honors as well.

Anyone know where it is.

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your's for $50 K

http://yachthub.com/list/yachts-for-sale/used/sail-catamarans/rodgers-40/89679

sitting on her mooring at Bayveiw Pittwater, still a fast boat

 

plywoodboy

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Wow, fantastic reminiscing here on these old superboats. Some BrsVegas updates:

I believe the Firetruck sank for a day recently when a gland failed. She was safe inside Scarborough Harbour on pile moorings until greed ripped them out for a bigger (empty) marina and all the old boats got pushed out into the bay.

Ocean Emu has had an average of one sail per year since the upgrade, and although the paint job is awesome, she is not going as fast as she looks.

Assassin was up the river for a while.

Cliffhanger should be added to the list and she just fronted for the nats and looked damn fine for an old girl. I have the trophies for the owner if anyone can find her for us?

And the Sea Mist... I was lucky enough to cross the bay in the blink of an eye to do one of her first races with Des while the inside was unpainted ply, and the back beam was flexing up at least 200 mm under mainsheet load in the puffs. Felt OK when on one hull, just a lot of WTF OMG and spray. When we flogged the unbeatable Ben Bolt in that race, her owner (clubhouse keyholder) stayed out on the mooring while the rest of us waited for someone else to get a key to let us in the clubhouse for a drink.

Ahh to dream of the old days after a perfect weekend of Bribie Cup racing in 12 knots NE Saturday and then a cruise today in 20 knots N for a return trip from the Sandhills on Moreton to Sandgate leads in 80 minutes. Maybe the caravan will feature here one day.

 

Indian Chief

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Here's an oldie. My dad built this Crowther Tempest 33 (Wildcry) back in the late 70s. He put a 46 foot rig on it and weighing in at only 2,200 kgs, it was the quickie of the Victorian multihull fleet. Wildcry went on to win everything on offer in Victoria durning the late 70s and early 80s. Unfortunately after he sold it in the early 90s it dragged anchor and was wrecked on South Percy Island. We did many Melbourne - Devonport races and other coastal races in Victoria as well as regular racing in Westernport and Port Philip bays. Dad pulled out of a race in the mid 80s and decided to take up cruising. He left Melbourne and curised the East coast living on it for 6 years until he had to upgrade to a bigger boat due to pressure from his lady. He purchased a modified Crowther 10 cat and cruised it for 7 years. /monthly_11_2011/post-38887-070001900%201321831408_thumb.jpgHe then sold that cat and at 62 years of age built an Oram 43 cat ( Starfire) in 13 months for under 100K. Now at 74 he decided to go cruising internationally. He left Darwin with his lady back in July and he arrived in Singapore just a week ago. Go dad!!!!!

 

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