125 Dinghy Restoration
A few impressive before-and-after photos of a very proud customer's 125 sailing dinghy. This customer had no previous boat building…
12ft Runabout finished with Aquacote and clear system
The Customer who built the Dolphin 12 in the photos above and below came to us with his plans and…
Adrian's Starlight Dory
A new build from plans only of a 19ft trailerable sailing dory, of timber and ply construction, fibreglass and epoxy sheathed.
Anthony's new boat Audrey
She is a Selway Fisher 14ft cat boat set up at this stage as a motor boat with 5hp outboard.…
Antony's Retirement Projects
Antony has a thing for micro cruisers and he likes the shape of John Welsford's designs. His latest creation is a John Welsford 'Fafnir' with modifications and adapted for a junk rig. The previous micro cruiser he built was a Tardis
The Fafnir is bigger inside than out, with all running lines and tiller operated from below deck - out of the weather.
She does not have a sparkling performance but is very comfortable. Antony likes the junk rig as it is ideal for solo sailing with simple reefing. Antony modified the design at the bow to enable him to add in a separate anchor well and I think it gives his micro cruiser a bit more character with the bow on an angle and not vertical as shown in the profile drawing.
Bills steamboats - The S.L Mobi
The S.L. Mobi The S.L Mobi is a Selway Fisher design, with the boat, boiler and engine all made in…
Bob's inboard powered 21ft 1950s style Runabout
Bob is building an inboard powered 21ft 1950s style runabout (going with a bright finish). He is using Epox-E-Glue for all joints and laminating the strips after swapping from using Techniglue. Reasons why Bob has rolled over to Epox-E-Glue is provided in his testimonial: Read Bob's Epox E Glue Testimonial.
Bruce's Timber Door Frame
A customer who loves the Bote Cote Epoxy Resin System sent me a series of photo’s of the Restoration of his timber door frame (finished result above) which has suffered from rot damage behind the weatherboard cover strip as shown in Photo’s 2, 3 & 4. This is not surprising and to be expected if the paint scheme is old and breaking down in the photo’s. It is in surprisingly good condition for its age.
Building a Joey Dinghy
Built during the 2005 Sydney International Boat Show. The Joey is an elegant light weight pram dinghy designed for stitch…
Careel 18 Restoration
Over the years, DRIVE Marine has been involved in many projects involving "Mango Madness", Johns Careel 18. Following are various
Chris' Sailfish "Janus" and MacGregor Sailing Canoe.
The Sailfish, 'Janus', was the owner's first boat. Built in 1970, it was three times Australian open champion boat in consecutive years to 1975 to 1977. The MacGregor two-masted sailing canoe was built by the owner and launched in October 2017. It is clinker-built, has a length of 4.8 m and beam of 0.8 m. The hull is planked with Gaboon marine ply and weighs 33 kg. Spars are Oregon.
Fibreglass Non Slip Deck Restoration
The non slip area around the mast on this Clansman had severely deteriorated with considerable damage. Also the crew had been complaining that it was difficult to work safely at the mast when the deck was wet.
Fibreglass Repair - Transom Repair
A customer came to us for advice and materials to repair the transom in their newly purchased boat. They realised they had a problem in their first outing when the outboard moved and the transom twisted a lot. They did an internet search and found us. After a telephone discussion they turned up with some photos and went "HELP!".
The 'Firebug' is a 2.4 metre (8 foot) sailboat designed by New Zealander John Spencer. Construction is from timber and…