Classic Australian Wooden Power Boats


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Max Curtis had been involved with boat racing for many years, but had drifted away from the sport while concentrating more
on motor cars. About 12 months ago, he spotted a ski-boat named Suicide for sale on this website and immediately picked
 it as an old skiff converted to a runabout. Max bought the boat and set about restoring it back to a skiff.

Max believes the 16' hull to be a Lewis. The restoration was started in July 2007 and Max hoped to have it completed for the
CAWPBA Narrandera regatta in 2008. The boat's name was changed to Rebel.



The boat when known as Suicide
Suicide as a runabout
The boat was purchased by Max on June 12th, 2007 at Kempsey in NSW
Suicide was fitted with 6 cylinder Holden motor and fibre-glassed over hull and deck
With the fibreglass removed, rot was found in both top planks and the stem
Showing fibreglass and oil saturated hull
The hull was covered with builder's plaster to draw the oil out (info found on CAWPBA Bulletin Board "Oh Buoy" restoration)
Plaster removed and stem repaired
The transom was removed and the planks shortened by four inches
New transom now fitted
Removed two rotted top planks


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