Noosa Sea Scout Group Boat History
By NICK CARTER
The Fleet of watercraft now in the possession of the Noosa Sea Scout Group has been acquired over the years through various grants, purchases and donations.
The Canadian Canoes where purchased from Roscoe Canoes while George Pearce was Group Leader. We also have a wooden clinker built Kayak – it is stored in the old boson’s locker for historical purpose only. Its origins are unknown.
Over the years there has been a Tinny which was a straight swap for an old wooden boat that was once powered by an old Simplex Motor. This boat was extensively repaired and fiberglass. The motor proved to be irreparable and was retired, but the Group was able to purchase an outboard motor for an nominal fee which when fitted to the boat proved to make the boat unworkable. Fortunately, one of the local fishermen was in the market for such a boat and did the Group a straight swap for a brand new tinny – “The Badger”. Another outboard (of the same make) was donated to the Group and between the two motors, one was operational at all times. Eventually they outlived their use by date and we were fortunate to acquire an Evenrude outboard from Ray Scholes Marine. It served the Group well.
In 2010, a 16ft Quintrex Dory 440 with a 30ELH 2 Stroke Mercury and accessories including radio, trailer, and safety gear was purchased from Ray Scholes Marine with funds from a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant. The old Badger was sold, and eventually the new Boat will be known as Badger II.
Sir Thomas Hiley, a previous Treasurer with the Queensland Government, became Patron of the Noosa Sea Scouts. It was a very memorable day 1968 when his wife Lady Hiley, launched a whaler boat that her husband had donated to the Group. Our first sailing boat was a ply built catamaran, which unfortunately required too much work, so was disposed of. The next sailboat to arrive was a Spiral ‘Peliki’ (tan & white hull) which was purchased. This has been a very successful boat and given a great deal of enjoyment to the youth members as well as leaders.
Next, a Cherub ‘High Fidelity’ was donated, and it is a very fast sailboat, when it is fully rigged, as it has Spinnakers and is able to have a trapeze rigged.
Following this the Patrol Sailing boat “Voyager” from the defunct East Chermside Sea Scout Group was donated to the group. Its design is based on the Thames Gig, a British Sea Scout boat originally designed by the London & Middlesex Scout Associations. The boat was given its name in memory of those sailors lost when HMAS Voyager sunk after a collision with HMAS Melbourne. Special permission was required from the Royal Australian Navy to do this. Not only can this boat be used for sailing but it can also be used to train the members in the art of rowing. Although the sail configuration is the same as a Navy Whaler in that it has both Main and Mizzen Masts, it is not one, as it has a square stern and is flat bottomed.Our next sailing boat – affectionately known as the “Bathtub” was donated.
It is unusual in that its sail is configured as a “Dipping Lug” design. It was used by the original owners as a boat tender. This little craft is quite solid and not easy to tip over – a great training vessel.
In 2002 a 16ft Hobi Cat named ‘The Coreena’ in memory of Noosa Sea Scout Venturer and Joey Scout Helper – Coreena Staatz who passed very unexpectedly on 23 August 2002 was to loaned to the group for as long as it was required. The Staatz family was members of the Noosa Sea Scout Group from 1988 until March 2016. ‘The Coreena’ was named and blessed by Parish Priest Mark Franklin, Catholic Church at a simple ceremony at Noosa River attended by scouting members, family and friends.Then came another 16th ft Hobi-Cat. This craft was named ‘Polona’ at a ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ held at Boreen Point at a family camp in 2007 by Father Graham Freeman from the Anglican Church.
Over the next 3 years, another Cherub ‘Cold Ethyl’, a further 14 foot Caper Cat and a 16’7″, Getaway Hobi Cat (M V) two craft were added to the fleet. Cold Ethyl is a very fast craft and challenges the more experienced sailor. In 2010, as part of the grant, a snow white vagabond was purchased as a training vessel for the less experienced sailors.
In 2006, 5 tough polyethylene Canadian canoes were purchased from a grant – these canoes, while not fast in the water, have been low maintenance and have proven to be lightweight and easily managed by the youth members and provided hours of fun for the youth and leaders.
In 2010 as part of the grant, a tough polyethylene Marlin kayak was purchased for the bigger people. As part of this grant, a 40hp Dory Power boat and a vagabond sailboat was purchased.
Other water craft include 3 fibreglass kayaks and numerous plastic drums for raft construction. A range of paddles and PFD’s are part of the resources.
The Group has a specially designed canoe trailer, capable of transporting 6 Canadians in racks and maybe a couple of Kayaks in the trailer well. Side bins provide storage for life jackets. A number of the craft have their own trailers.