February 2012
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 21st February 2012, at the RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge.
This meeting was attended by:-

President:- Peter Venn
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard

Other members attending were Angus Kerr, Arthur Stead and Bill Toppin.
Visitors for the evening were Rita Chaffey and Kerri Audsley.

Cruise report - Muriel Street, Redland Bay - Saturday 18th February 2012.

The last club cruise was held on Saturday 18th February 2012, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter Venn.
Those attending the cruise were:-

Peter Venn - Turbo TP6.
Arthur Stead - Renegade.
Russ Pullen - Flying Fish.
Ben Woodhead - 4.5 metre boat.

Others attending the cruise were:-
Bill Toppin, Leigh Bond, Liam Bond and Simon Frankland.

Peter Venn and Arthur Stead travelled towards the Logan River and Arthur travelled well up to the delta islands but Peter turned back. At 10:00 am Peter took the 2 young lads Liam Bond and Harrison for a quick trip on the passage. Next Peter took the visitors Leigh Bond, Liam Bond and Simon Frankland and Russ Pullen followed in the Marlin 2 Flying Fish. Peter and Russ headed for smooth water around St Clair Island to turn around. Ben Woodhead who had a damaged piston in his Turbo Vortex Rotax engine, followed in his 4.5 metre 90hp fibreglass boat.

At 11:00 am visitors arrived to see Russ Pullen about the sale of his Marlin 2. Fabian and his family had travelled all the way from Rockhampton to buy a new hovercraft. After a light lunch the visitors left and Peter Venn, Arthur Stead, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey headed out in 3 craft for a cruise to the northern end of MacLeay Island. We stopped and took photographs near Karragarra Island then continued north passing through the Garden Island passage followed by a figure 8 trip around the northern tip of Snipe, Garden and MacLeay Islands. We eventually headed home via Pannikin and St Clair Islands. The low tide gave us good protection from the south east trade wind.

After packing up Bill Toppin gave me some helpful hints on how to spray paint my Ø1880mm (74”) timber propeller for the Universal hovercraft UHF18P.

Many thanks also to Peter Venn for the use of his workshop and compressed air equipment.

Report from Maxwellton, North Queensland:-
Gidday Steven,
Have enjoyed your update emails throughout the year.
I'd love to get down one day and come on an hover-outing !
The wet is well upon us up here at Richmond although a little late, we have had moderate flooding and good rain.
The old superwedge is in the shed in need of some TLC. I blew a couple of blades off the prop 18 months ago, have sourced 2 new blades from multiwing which I am a bit nervous about putting back on as I reckon it could need to be balanced.
Perhaps it might be better to box it up and send it down there somewhere. The nylon pulley on the prop, I think needs to be changed too, as I don't think it exactly meshes with the belt.
But wait . . . . . there's more, I reckon it might be due for a set of skirts.
Can you tell me who to call for a wish-list like this?
Perhaps I might even get it operational before we get our first cyclone for the season.
kind regards.
Russell Anderson.

Report from Western Australia:-
I meet Neil Kentish at my first membership drive back in 2009, we have had one successful cruise and many meetings. He now wishes to cruise more often. This is why I suggested he join the club. It is nice to have a friend for a change! I can't be a club on my own Neil has a skippers ticket, from what I have seen he does obey the marine rules. The craft is registered in WA. He is a mature man, and acts that way. I would think he would make an excellent addition to the HC Club. I agree we do not need louts messing up the status quo.

They are going to change the marine rules here in Perth. I need to get onto them to see if we can get any exemptions. They wish to lower the speed limit to 5 knots (thereby creating the wake and wash they are tring to stop) and limit speed to 30 knts. Which is fine most of the time but I do like to do speed tests. Also they are changing the rules on commercial vehicles so all vessels that make money no matter how are now commercial vessels. Money grab if you ask me. This means a lot of hassel to do a couple of weeks HC work on the salt lakes in WA. Before it was ok to just do the work as long as it wasn't in the ocean or river.

Viper 5 caught fire on Australia Day. Snapped an exhaust mounting spring. The exhaust went onto the fibreglass by a little bit; Thought I smelled sweet resin melting. I had my sister with me so I thought it was her perfume. When we came to a stop flames came out of the engine bay. I quickly removed the cover and put the fire out with my trusty $33 fire extinguisher. No major damage, all fixed over the weekend. Oh I moved the exhaust pipe. I added a small length and vented it out. Also added some heat shield so it can't happen again. HC dramas hey! Other than that a successful trip was had and the fireworks coupled with the lightning was fantastic.
Jeremy Ludlow WA

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 18th March 2012 at Muriel St, Redland Bay.
Meet at 9:00 am at Peter Venn's place at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a launch into the Redland Bay Channel and a run around the southern bay islands.
UBD Reference - Map 267 B9.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th March 2012 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in the Staff Room at Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge.

Hope you can come. All welcome.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary