Stormalong

Stormalong
Name: Stormalong
Boat Owner: Jon Durham
Designer: Charles Lucas
Builder: Fred Marks
Description:

Fred Marks built Stormalong between 1946 and 1948 at Esperance near Dover from plans supplied by Charles Lucas. We are told by Freds family that he milled the timber himself from logs floated to Dover from the West Coast. Freddy used Stormalong along the South West coast as a crayfish and fishing boat. Win and Cylde Clayton purchased Stormalong on 15th September 1954 for the princely sum of 4,400 pounds. Stormalong spent the Clayton years, 1954-1965, largely crayfishing out of Port Davey, however Janet Fenton in her book Win & Clyde describes one of Stormalong’s first tasks was hauling Celery Top Pine logs out of the bush and having them loaded onto the deck for transportation to Melaleuca for milling into useful timbers. During the time of his ownership Clyde fitted two Gardner diesels into Stormalong, firstly a 3LW and then a 74hp 5LW. In recent history Stormalong has been powered by a Nissan diesel, followed by a Yanmar and is currently powered by a Volvo Penta TAMD 60c fitted with a twin disc gearbox. Between 1965 and 2008 Stormalong had a number of owners all of whom used her in the crayfishing industry. Some of these owners were, Weyman Brothers, the Hanson family and Christopher Short. Christopher, with the assistance of Ray Kemp, underwent an extensive refurbishment including raising the bullworks to meet current survey requirements, and an extensive refit of the masts and rigging. Christopher also used Stormalong to ferry Huon Pine collected on the west coast. We also believe Christopher, with his family on board, passaged her to Vanuatu. In 2008 Stormalong was purchased by Bob and Wendy Walters. Bob and Wendy with the help of Kettering shipright Ron Heddle converted Stormalong from a fishing ketch to a ketch rigged motor sailer suitable for comfortable family cruising. These works included removal of the wet well, fitting of a new heavy duty slipper, four new fuel tanks, and an 8kva genset. The current engine was also fitted at this time. Current owner Jon Durham bought Stomalong from Bob and Wendy in October 2013. Since acquisition, Jon has worked to maintain Stormalong in good condition, removing some small pockets of dry rot in the bullworks and refurbishing the original Huon decks during the past year. Stormalong has been recently fitted with a 3.3 meter Fazackerly dingy lovingly restored by Bernard Wilson and his colleagues at the Triabunna Community Shed. Future upgrades will include a complete rewiring of the DC circuitry and the installation of a diesel fired boiler and hydronic heating.

LOD feet: 50
Hull Timber: Huon Pine
Type of Boat: Ketch
State: Tasmania
Built: 1948
Location: VDH
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