April 2004
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)

Cruise report - Waterloo Bay at Thornside - Saturday, 3rd April 2004.

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
Angus Kerr, Arthur Stead, Des Goss, Peter Venn, Phillip Audsley and Steven Odgaard met at the SAAA hall at Archerfield and planned a cruise destination for May.

The last cruise was at Queens Esplanade at Thorneside on Saturday, 3rd April and was attended by
Angus Kerr with a Rocket,
Len Challen with a Turbo 240,
Des Goss with a Turbo 225,
Mick Rutterman with an ASV Vortex,
Steven Odgaard with a Bill Baker Vehicle 2,
Kerri Audsley, Edi Brandli and a friend from the Swiss Club, and
Tony Hogben all the way from Curra with his electric model.

On Sunday 4th April, Angus and Len went out with 3 craft in total from Tingalpa creek and suffered a series of breakdowns with all craft having to be towed home in a single floatilla behind an aluminium punt with Kyle Kerr to the rescue.

Mick Rutterman of Coochiemudlo Island is now an agent for ASV (All Surface Vehicles) based at Boronia in Victoria.

Other subjects discussed at the Monday 19th meeting:-
Phil and Angus went through the range of Subaru engines now available: 1600cc, 1800cc, 2000cc, 2200c, 2500cc 4 cylinder and 3300cc 6 cylinder.
Kawasaki 4 stroke jet-ski engines are light and reliable but need seawater (cold water) cooling and are very expensive.
Peter Venn's Daewo engine never misses a beat, unless running out of fuel. Peter Venn gave his apologies for not being able to attend the last cruise, due to his nephew being diagnosed with Leukemia which gave all in the family, a terrible fright. Peter gave a progress report on his new cruising machine - the Humming Bird. It is being fitted up with an AE81 Subaru and a 16hp Honda lift engine and is expected to be an ideal craft for quiet, fuel efficient endurance cruising.
Under construction in NSW, it is being built with either Commercial Coxwains or 2C survey in mind.
The difference being CC is 10 Nautical miles off the coast and 2C is for 50 Nautical miles.

Riverfestival bridge to bridge display 28th August 2004:-
Peter's daughter Samantha is getting married soon and he may not be available for Riverfestival, but his son, David Venn may be able to participate with the Hoverjet.
Arthur Stead was invited to attend and in 2002, he produced a webpage with an excellent photo and caption coverage of the Brisbane River Bridge to Bridge event.

Past results:
1st - Angus Kerr in a Turbo 240.
2nd - Peter Frankland in a Hovercruise.
3rd - David Venn in a Hoverjet.
1st - Bryan Davidson in a Turbo 240.
2nd - Neil Batley in a Turbo Razor.
3rd - Phil Audsley in a Turbo 225.

Angus Kerr will not be able to participate in Riverfestival this year because he and Len Challen will be on their way to Europe to compete in the World Championships at Berlin. Angus is keen to compete in Europe and will be parting with approx $3,500 to pay for the seafreight bill.

Australian Hovercraft federation news:-
The AHF held its AGM on the 10th April at Lake Narracan, Victoria and Ken Osmond, Peter Streader, Steven Odgaard and Colin Dainty were returned as office bearers for another term.
Colin Dainty is the Public Officer for Incorporation matters.
Ian Haddow is the editor for the AHF newsletter. $20.00 for 4 hard copy editions per annum.
Doug Stott produces an excellent monthly newsletter for the Victorian branch and Tony Westwood has a VICHOVER page for exchanging ACV info via the MSN group.

Pacific Hovercraft from NZ will be at the next Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, reported by Ken Welch of Tasmania.

Insurance is available through Advantage Jonstan Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd. Current underwriter is CGU.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be at Twin Bridges near Fernvale on the freshwater reaches of the Brisbane River at 10:00am on Sunday 2nd May 2004.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30pm - Monday, 17th May 2004.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Changes to Next club cruise:-
Wednesday, 28th April 2004.
Dear regular cruiser,
Des Goss and Angus Kerr have had reservations about cruising up the remote section of the Brisbane River this Sunday coming (2nd May) and if there are no objections, have asked if this can be changed to the safer waters at Fisherman Island near the Brisbane River mouth instead.

The next club cruise will now be held at the Fisherman Island boat ramp.
Launch at 10:00am Sunday, 2nd May 2004.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary