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1  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys / Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia on: January 29, 2013, 02:55:16 PM
Thanks for you reply GasGasGas, I "googled"  Hans but could not get a firm handle on his recent history I`m curious to what has become of him as I too remember his adventures both on land and water.
To more selfish matters I wonder if you could ask you father the following.
1.Does he know how fiberglass powerboats sales began in Aust.
2. Was Arch Spooner  of( international marine ?) the father of the fibreglass powerboat industry in Aust.
3. What was the original main brands of fiberglass powerboats
4. Does he know the history of the Dorsett,Caribbean relationship
and finally
5. does he know what Dorsett models were made/imported here and what they were called
Its a lot of info.any help will be appreciated.
Cheers for now
2  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys / Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia on: January 26, 2013, 09:55:53 AM
Hi GasGasGas
It seems as though you may have a source of information re international plastics (your father) I have a keen interest in Dorsett/Caribbean fiberglass boats, my project can be viewed at
(fitouttolaunch ) one word goggle search. I would dearly love to know the true history of these boats because of my involvement in this project, but generally speaking it would be great to see the history of fiberglass boats in OZ as I believe that this will be all lost with the passing of the years.
There must be a huge amount of information out there and it may be an unreasonable request trying to get information from you, but if you are willing I am sure many would appreciate anything you may be able to pass on.
Getting to the subject of my boat even though it is an inboard there are some who may be interested. Progress has been slowed by moving house again, Christmas, family, visits, loosing focus etc etc. I am now getting back on track, the conversion of the Isusu engine to marine is proving to be very time consuming but I feel I am getting there. It is however nowhere near installation. After that is in,should be full steam ahead.
Cheers for now
Greg
3  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: Caribbean Catalina restoration on: March 21, 2012, 03:50:10 PM
I haven`t quite sorted the product yet, but I think it will be one of the spray on type of "speckally" body sprays, like they use on ute tubs etc. Any pointers would be appreciated.
cheers Greg
4  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: Caribbean Catalina restoration on: March 21, 2012, 03:41:30 PM
Finally some progress!!!
I have finished repairing the cabin roof frame and floor section,I am about to start on the finishing of bulkheads (pictures are attached) and the cabin fit out.
Got to go to " Tassie" for a few weeks then back into it.
P.S. Any further history on caribbean ??
Cheers Greg
5  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: Caribbean Catalina restoration on: December 21, 2011, 05:05:34 AM
Cherry I have tried various tools, the best by far in areas where it can be used is a power saw (hard on blades but quick and accurate). I purchased one of those "cheapie"$200 dust extractors which helps with the waste glass and fibres etc. For general clean up of the surface of the f/glass I have found a bell shaped wire brush on a 4" grinder to be great and for f/glass sanding of lapped areas/repairs a composite nylon type sanding pad (wears out pretty quick but boy it gets into it). I look foward to seeing some photo`s of your boat when you get around to posting. A good part of my woking day affords me a close view of the Brisbane river. The section I look at has a crab fisherman working it in what looks like a V19 with about a 70 HP,keeps me inspired, I also find myself looking in backyards boat yards,at boat ramps etc for early f/glass boats. Guess Ive got the bug,anyrate.
Cheers Greg
6  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Caribbean Catalina restoration on: December 03, 2011, 06:46:21 AM
More Pict`s.
Greg
7  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Caribbean Catalina restoration on: December 03, 2011, 06:43:58 AM
This is probably a better place to post progress info etc. on this rebuild.
 I have attached some photo`s. basically the partial strip of previous work became a full "gut" I was hoping to salvage some of the previous owners work but lets just say it was very robust in it`s construction. This has now become a much longer project. I have got 20x40 spotted gum for the framing and 9mm and 12mm marine ply for the floor and helm/console faces. It is my intention to end up with a similar look as the previous design. Boy o boy does sanding cutting set glass make you itchy even when wearing all the (hot) gear, any tips? Well moving house over the next week,always a joy, so no work on the cat for the foreseeable future.
Cheers Greg
8  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: More queries- trim/tilt wiring? on: November 11, 2011, 10:56:54 AM
Hi Steve generally speaking a D.C. motor requires one brush to be earthed and one to have battery voltage. From your picture I am assuming that the wire without a connection is battery power and it should be connected to the brush that is yet to be fitted.
Hope this helps. Cheers
Greg
9  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: Dorsett and Caribbean history on: November 08, 2011, 05:19:27 PM
Hi Cherry if you read my post under Vintage boats...... on the 26/10/11 you will see that I also own a Caribbean, be it a Catalina. I can perhaps help on the history of Caribbean and please if anyone knows different please speak up as this is only  the story as I know it. Sometime in the late fifty`s Arch Spooner of International Marine out of Victoria bought a licence to make Dorsett Boats in Australia from Dorsett (formerly Enduracraft) in America under the Caribbean Brand and called them such things as Caribbean Belmont ,Caribbean Catalina etc. These were perhaps the first mass produced plastic boats (later to be called fibreglass) in Australia and if that statement is accurate he may hold the title of " Father of fibreglass in Australia" There was some tie up with an English firm at the time who may have been who the licence/moulds were purchased through. I think I read somewhere that Arch Spooner was being talked to re: the history of Caribbean. I don`t know if this has happened. As I have said in my previous post I would love to be involved in "mapping " the early history of "glass " boats in Australia ,if someone can point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.
Cheers Greg
10  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Caribbean Catalina on: October 26, 2011, 05:15:49 AM
Arron you are correct there was an engine under that cover, a 140 hp Mercruiser which I have removed and hope to sell eventually, Unfortunately when beginning to tidy up the interior none of the work that had been done on the boat was able to be savaged so a complete gut was required. Also some dry rot was found in the original starboard side floor which I have cut out and just about finished replacing.I will post some more photo`s when I have made some real progress.I would love to know where the red one in your post ended up? and perhaps contact them.
I would love to see a pict. of yours "bootlegger" do you know any of the history of these boats?or how to id year etc?
Cheers Greg
P.S. although the boat is from VIC. I have had it transported up to me and I live Brisbane northside.
11  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Caribbean Catalina on: October 12, 2011, 05:47:27 PM

 G'day Fella's I am a new member I have been following the board since I viewed and fell in love with a "Cat" (18 foot 6inch inboard model).  I have now purchased it (picture attached) and started stripping out the inside to the original hull. My intention is to power it with a 120-150 HP DIESEL and fit up the interior to a "classy" finish, I will post photo's as I progress, but this may take a while. Please if you can correct or enlighten me on any points I would appreciate the feedback. This is the history of this boat as I know it (please tell me any thing you know good or bad) hull bought in early 60's never fitted out owner passed on,relative inherited hull and never fitted up, bloke I purchased it off started fit up but didn't complete it assured me it has never been launched. The hull condition seems to back this up.
It has a plate on the inside of the hull near where the bow eye is through. Is this an ID. of some sort ? it's a 4 diget number.
What year is it? I think 60-63.
As I understand it these boats were designed and built in the 50's in the U.S.A. under the Dorsett banner. The design bought to OZ in the 60's by Arch Spooner of International Marine (licenced out of the U.K. ) 
I am becoming very interested in the early fiberglass runabout history in Australia. Is anyone doing any research into this ? I would give any help I could to assist in creating a make/model timeline for the early years.
 Cheers Greg
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