February 2014
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 18th February 2014, in the 1938 Art Deco terminal building at Archerfield Aerodrome, via Grenier Drive off Beatty Road, Archerfield.
This meeting was attended by:-

President:- Peter Venn
Vice President:- Angus Kerr
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard

Other members attending were Bill Toppin, Dale Baxter and Brandon Bull.
Visitor for the evening was Rita Chaffey.
Apologies from Phil and Kerri Audsley due to an illness in the family.

Cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Sunday 2nd February 2014.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 27th October 2013, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter and Elaine Venn. Seventeen people and 8 craft made the once a month vigil to the broad grassy terrace with boulder rock coastline yet easy access to the Logan River estuary.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Turbo TP6 powered by a Subaru 1800 EA81 and 18hp Honda.
Angus Kerr Viper Cruiser powered by a Subaru 1800 EA81.
Neil Budworth Green Turbo 265 powered by Rotax.
Ben Woodhead Black Turbo Vortex powered by a Suzuki Swift engine.
Cle Sheck Turbo Wedge 235 powered by a 2 cylinder 4 stroke Honda GX620.
Dave Brooks Revtech Rocket with a Yamaha V-max engine. (Angus’ craft)
Steven Odgaard Blue Expo Turbo powered by a Yamaha PE485. (Peters craft)
Steven Odgaard Billy Baker 2 powered by a 44hp Chaparral - static display.

Other club members and visitors attending were Ann Kerr, Lucas Kerr, Brandon Bull, Dale Baxter, Michael and Susan Stephenson, John Boer, Dieter Renish, Rita Chaffey and Elaine Venn making up the 17 strong contingent at the outing.

Jim the neighbour who has a passion for racing cars was not distraught by his once a month ordeal, and on the contrary was impressed by the resounding tune of the high performance Rotax in Angus’ Revtech Rocket.

Lucas had difficulty with balancing the craft and spray caused the engine to stall. Less then 50 metres from the pontoon the craft had to be rescued by Angus in the Viper with assistance from Neil Budworth in the Turbo 265. Dieter Renish in fine cotton was drenched in spray as we manoeuvred behind the Viper to tie off a vee rope for towing. We briefly pushed the stalled Rocket from behind until Angus was clear of the mangroves, now 250m up stream. Pushing the Rocket almost caused damage to the rudders which were being crushed in the hard closed position like Venetian window blinds. Neil Budworth in the more powerful Turbo 265 also assisted but opted to carry Lucas in an attempt to make the Rocket lighter for towing.

What seemed at first to be a short retrieval back to the ramp turned out to be an arduous rescue as Angus battled to tow the stricken craft against a strong current. Both the Rocket and the Viper took on a lot of water in the process and this was in front of the white house where Peter receives the most complaints about noise. Ben Woodhead suggested I bring his Larson boat as a safety vessel in lieu of the Billy Baker for the next club cruise.

During a debrief, Angus said the rudders are designed to take a strong impact and are a safety feature for racing craft to prevent a driver’s head from flying into the rotating fan during a pile up on the race track. When Peter returned in the afternoon, we organised our main cruise.

Cle Sheck demonstrated how light his new Turbo Wedge 235 is when 5 men simply picked it up and carried it through the hovercraft traffic jam to the launch apron. Cle demonstrated it on water and then gave turns to Ben Woodhead, Steven Odgaard and Peter Venn. Cle is not quite satisfied with the rudder performance for a right hand turn.

Trip to Karragara Island via Pannikin and Garden Islands.
Angus lead the cruise in the Viper 4 Cruiser with Lucas, Peter carried Cle Sheck and Ben Woodhead in the TP6, Neil Budworth carried Brandon Bull in the Turbo 265 and Steven took the blue Expo Turbo.
In the rough waves and strong wind, the Expo Turbo was just able to keep up with the TP6 which slowed down to avoid damage to the lift fan. On smooth water, the TP6 was much faster.

We travelled north to St Clair Is, north along the western lee of Pannikin and Garden Islands, through the Garden Island passage, south along the MacLeay Channel and east to the beach on Karragarra Island.
After a ten minute break and a check of the rudder rawl plugs on the blue Turbo, we headed home via Long Island and the windy side of Lagoon Island. Neil and Brandon stopped briefly in the rough open water to refuel and Steven and Peter came back in case assistance was required. Under way again we travelled up the Logan River and Redbill channel to return home to base at around 3:00 pm.

Michael Stephenson purchased a QSH club cap for $15 and Dieter Renish purchased a Somerset Dam 2011 Polo Shirt for $22.

Interstate visitors cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Saturday 8th February 2014.
Sam Waugh and Lorraine Brighton from Primbee on Lake Illawarra visited on Saturday 8th February 2014. We used 3 craft to travel up the Logan River to Ross McLeod’s boat ramp and then further up to the Pacific Highway at Eagleby.

The Phantom of the Eagleby Reach paid us a visit at the Eagleby car park and recorded our registration numbers. This is the same guy who under instructions from his wife, takes photographs of any ski boat, jet ski or hovercraft which he thinks may violate the 6 knot speed zone in front of their manicured lawn and house boat mooring. If you ever see this chap waving his arm at you and indicating 6 knots, please treat him with the utmost respect. He is quite elderly and a little frail, but he is an Aussie battler just sticking up for his right to a tranquil existence by a beautiful river frontage.

Peter Venn and Arthur Stead travelled in the TP6. Sam Waugh used his Revtech Renegade and Steven and Rita borrowed Peter’s blue Expo Turbo. Elaine Venn, Judy Stead and Lorraine Brighton stayed back at the house to prepare a beautiful lunch when the craft returned. Sam had to attend a funeral of a colleague from Lake Illawarra one week earlier which delayed his journey north.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 2nd March 2014 at Muriel St, Redland Bay.
Meet at 9:00 am at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a launch into the Redland Bay Channel.
President Peter Venn and Elaine Venn have provided a white patch of sand and a refreshments marquee adjacent to the launch pad. A pontoon was installed in December to provide for transfer of passengers and for the young angler who tags along with the family of levitating vehicle admirers.

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 18th March 2014 at 7:30pm.
A new club venue has been provided courtesy of Dale Baxter and his employer, so this meeting will be held in the lunch room of Lifts Forklifts Australia, 165 Queens Road, Kingston, Queensland 4114.

UBD Reference - Map 242 J12.

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

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary