Bit of TS history.

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Bit of TS history.

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Yesterday the tip of our Karcher pressure washer died from dragging it across the surface of pavers for years. Bunnings wanted 60 nicker for a new one (actually that’s 30 nicker if were really talking pounds) as I had to buy the whole lance :twisted: @#$&*

Mrs Ozzie told me to stop being a cheapskate and pony up for a new one as I wasn’t getting spare bits on gumtree....like hell :lol: click click click ....spare lance and two good nozzles over on the west of the lake. $20 :lol: :lol:

Anyway when I rock up at the house this was parked out the front
This is a a fair whack of a TS and is actually a very rare Sonata 780, one of only three delivered before the factory sadly burnt down. The lady who owned it, Pamela, gave me the history and we swapped stories about the demise of the TS industry in general and our forum. She and her partner are active members of the Hunter Valley TS club mentioned recently on the for sale thread and avid racers. Small world... and my pressure washer is back in business for $20. Ya gotta luv gumtree. :lol:
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I have actually seen one of these Trailer sailers years ago in Melbourne. Big volume inside.

Well I actually owned even a rarer Trailer Sailer, back in 2002 to 2004.

It was a very unusual breed,that was an Electra 26. Supposedly only 2 ever made. A very fast TS, with a lifting bulb keel. A Heavy sucker of a thing,my Hilux 4wd was only just capable of towing it. It wasnt overly roomy inside, in fact, not a great deal more room than an investigator. But gee, she was a super fast machine. I remember doing a trip once from down here at Clarence Point, all of the way to Launceston. This is a distance of 30 nautical miles by water, travelling in a direct route in the channel lane. Anyhow I manged to set spinnaker just immediately after leaving my mooring, and carrying full mainsail as well, we managed with sheer luck carry the spinnaker all of the way up the river, without having to drop it at all, and we had about 12 to 15 knots of pressure all of the way, with the occasional 20 and 22 knots. It was a huge buzz with the trip taking just on 3 hours and 10 minutes. I dont think I have ever sailed on the river ever so fast before, even with catamarans.But she was some fast lean racing machine, with just a little bit of comfort.

Anyhow in early 2004, I sold it,and it went to near Albury /Wadonga in NSW / Vic. I have never seen it, nor it's sister yacht for sale again in Australia, and that is with checking on a regular basis.

I dont know if I still have a photo of it, I will have to have a look, as My ex wife at the time, took most of my belongings ........ The Bitch... :evil: :evil:
Cheers, from David in Tasmania.
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That 780 looks like a 760 extended with a 26 cabin top. Remember seeing the 760 plug being built by Ian Perdriau who was Sonata's plant manager. The bottom of the boat (planing surface)under the cockpit area was an 8x4 sheet of pine board. Now that's flat.

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I remember now the owner saying it has a retractable dagger keel with bulb, lead, (I assume) and it’s covered in FG. Well that’s one thing the 563 has over it , no intrusive keel in the cabin 8-) . It’s a fairly quick boat by her description, light, all up boat and trailer are under 2 tonnes from memory of the conversation.

Still who wants to get home quickly...you miss the sunset.
Last week on Lake Mac driving home from the mooring
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Yes mine, had the board that lifted all the way up through the cabin top, with a sheet winch on top to wind the HEAVY sucker up, that then went through a rope clutch to hold the big sucker. Mine weighed it about 1700kg just from memory with the trailer. It was fast, but it was a pain in the bum, winching it out of the water every 6 weeks for a scrub down, as I did not have the bottom anti-fouled as it was highly polished for a true racing finish. From memory the Sonata 780 had the same performance rating as my Electra, the Sonata was a slight fraction smaller than my boat, and the sail plan was about the same.

Anyhow, I do miss my Electra 26, as far as sailing it goes, but not as far as maintaining the sucker. A lot to be said for our Investigator 563, they may not be superfast, but they are roomy, and easily to mange both on the water, and in launching and retrieving. So I am really glad to have a i563. :D
Cheers, from David in Tasmania.
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