October 2013
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 15th October 2013, in the Staff Room of the RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge.
This meeting was attended by:-

President:- Peter Venn
Vice President:- Angus Kerr
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard

Other members attending were Bill Toppin, Neil Budworth, Arthur Stead and Brandon Bull.
Visitors for the evening were Rita Chaffey and Kerri Audsley.

Cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Sunday 27th October 2013.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 27th October 2013, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter and Elaine Venn.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Turbo TP6 powered by a Subaru 1800 EA81.
Angus Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser powered by a Subaru 1800 EA81.
Neil Budworth Turbo 265 powered by Rotax.
Ben Woodhead Turbo Vortex powered by a Suzuki Swift engine.
Steven Odgaard Expo Turbo powered by a 51hp Yamaha PE485 courtesy of Peter Venn.
Roy Finlay Viper 4 Cruiser.
Static Display Billy Baker 2 powered by a 44hp Chaparral.

Also attending the cruise were:-
Bill Toppin, Ann Kerr, Cle and Aven Sheck, Bill Toppin and Rita Chaffey.

Angus and Ann Kerr in the Viper, Neil Budworth in the Turbo 265 and Ben Woodhead in the Turbo Vortex travelled from Lagoon Passage to Cobby Cobby Island and all going well, continued to the dangerous Jumpinpin Bar. They ventured southto the protection of still water at the Bedrooms. There on a long wide sandy beach stood a lone fisherman. Angus couldn’t believe his eyes as Ben seemed to drift laterally closer and closer and then ran clean over his line. Angus insisted that Ben keep his engine running and after a very brief stop at the Bedrooms, the 3 craft set off again for home.

Ben’s Vortex behaved well and completed the long trip without mechanical incident, although within 100 metres of the Muriel Street boat ramp, Ben turned abruptly and sprayed his ignition system with salt water. The engine stalled and Neil towed him in with a long rope. We don’t mind at all when craft break down within a stone’s throw of home port.

Steven in the blue Expo Turbo tore 3 skirt segments on rocks adjacent to the boat ramp when the steering cable clamp tore out of its mount. Bill Toppin with his small wrist was able to help Steven screw and glue a new mounting block to the rear deck. Steven could not get his hand through the plenum jet to reach the fasteners from below. We put a finishing coat of paint on the new installation before lunch.

Roy Finlay surprised us all when he arrived via river in his plywood Viper 4 Cruiser. It is a light construction and performs well although the engine and gearbox unit mounted in front of the thrust fan produces cavitation noise not evident in the belt driven craft.

Peter and Elaine returned and joined us for lunch. Peter suggested a trip to Ross McLeod’s home at Alberton near the Albert River junction. Angus in the Viper 4 cruiser, Neil in the Vortex, Steven in the Turbo Wedge 240 and Peter Venn in the TP6 set off for a trip up the Logan River, however Steven forgot the spare fuel and returned and Peter Venn found a loose muffler bracket on the lift engine and decided to retreat in order to prevent a broken lift fan. Ben Woodhead drove to Ross’s factory and phoned base to advise that Ross was not at home anyway.

Cruise Photos and a selection from Sam and Lorraine in the USA.

Club News:-
Jack Hickmott of Proserpine with a Hoverstar LC has renewed his club membership.
Jeremy Ludlow of Kenwick WA with a Viper 5, Universal and Hover Shuttle has also renewed his club membership.

Elaine Venn provided names of new contacts who have an interest in air cushion vehicles. Brett Tucker, Stuart Dunkley, Nic Armstrong and Michael Stephenson.

News from West Australia:-
18th September 2013.
Hi fellow Queensland members.
Things are happening over West, we have another member joining. Tony Butcher. Steven you should be getting the form in the mail with the fee for a year very soon. Mike Cambell will be joining as well. I’ll collect his form and hand it to you at the rally. So all up there are 4 of us here now. More on the fringes, but they have not been on enough cruises to qualify for membership. I feel it is important to collect quality members who wish to be part of the club.

Been testing the new p max fans from multiwing. I can say they are an improvement on the old blades. Lift is increased by enough to make hovercraft really float at any rpm. With the 12 blade it is only really good for land work. Thrust is pretty low, which is great for going slowly. With the 9 blade, she sounds like a ww2 war-bird. Good lift and a little lower thrust. Not comfortable on a rough windy day. But great for a smooth day out. I do like the new blades; they open up new possibilities on any hovercraft.
Busy packing and gathering gear for the long drive to the rally. See you all there.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 27th October 2013 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 from the back terrace.

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 19th November 2013 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in the Staff Room at Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge. Use the staff car park.

Anyone with an interest in air cushion vehicles is welcome to attend.
We discuss technical topics and plan cruises.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary