Mal's Malahini down under

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Re: Mal's Malahini down under

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Looking good. Fun times!
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Here's an update.
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Laying out the mahogany planking over the marine ply, getting ready to varnish
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Three coats of AWLWOOD colourless sealer and the six coats of AWLWOOD clear gloss. A tedious task. One rolled it on with a small roller, the other tipped it off with a very expensive ( best quality) brush as we had researched on the internet to do.We had prepared the shed by removing all dust - not really possible but did our best. In the end there was ALWAYS fine fall-out. In the end, we had to choose to either leave the super shiney gloss finish with numerous tiny specks of dust OR buff and polish. We chose to buff and polish which got rid of the specks but slightly dulled the gloss. Either way we were going to be disappointed. Never mind.
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Getting ready for sea trials ( in our Lake Wakatipu )
The motor is a Suzuki 50 HP 4 stroke with the biggest "SUZUKI" on the cover which was not going to suit the look so we invented a new brand.
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Launching her into the lake for the first time. A bit nervous and sprung by our friends ( we picked a quiet day so as to have privacy incase there was a mishap ha ha ). Still no windscreen - waiting for delivery. And still not named. We're having trouble coming up with a name for her.
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Windscreen arrived ( fittings from Australia ), out for more sea trials. It's spring and the weather is awesome.
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A bit out of order - the windscreen is not on in these pictures - out playing and getting to know her.
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We had a cover made and finally, a name. We caller her Bert after Malcolm's Dad and drove to the Lake Rotoiti Antique and Classic boat Show up at the top of the South Island. An annual event we heard about from a friend and had out eye on, hoping like mad to get to. Everything came together in the nick of time. There were hundreds of people, many dozens of boats - everything from steam, row, jet, wooden, fast, barrel backs, clinker, sail, slow and the ridiculous. The weather was amazing, no (serious) competition, just fun, camaraderie and endless fascination. Bert took the prize for the Best New Boat. It was amazing to see her lined up with all the others and to actually 'see' her for the first time, in comparison. She really looked amazing and turned a few heads. One of her most fascinating features was her outboard motor which defied everyones best guess. ' The OUTBOARD Motor ' just blew them all away.
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Here is Bert at the show
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More of the show
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Yes that is a wooden table with an out board. Silliness prevailed.
We are now in lockdown for the covid-19 virus so some time to prepare these updates.
Be safe
Love from New Zealand
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Very nice! She (he?) is a beautiful boat.
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Sweet! Congratulations on your 1st award!
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Very nice. I love it when home built boats get this type of recognition. Congratulations.
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