Tamborine boat kit sets sail for UK

Sailing for the UK: A Secret 20, similar to the one that will be built and showcased at the London and Southhampton boat shows. Photo: Derek EllardBritain’s biggest selling boating magazinePractical Boat Ownerwill showcase aboat built from a kit designed and made inNorth Tamborine.
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The magazine will build the 1920’s style boat from akit sourced from local businessScruffie Marine.

Making the announcement in the May issue of the magazine, deputy editorBen Meakins described the boat as “a sweet-looking modern gaff-rigged cutter with a surprising turn of speed”.

Secret: A yellow hulled Secret 20 similar to the one that will be built by the Practical Boat Owner magazine and showcased at boat shows in England. Photo: Ray Little

Scruffie Marine’s designer, boatbuilder and owner Derek Ellard said the Secret 20 design combines modern technical knowledge with retro looks.

“It looks like an old-fashioned classic yacht, but it is faster and it’s performance isas good as modern yachts,” Mr Ellard said.

The magazine will follow the progress of the build in a series of articles.

Once complete, the boat will be the centrepiece of the magazine’s stand at the London and Southhampton boat shows.

Mr Meakins described the boat as having a large cockpit, simple cabin and clever outboard well.

“… the kit itself is intriguing, the frame slotting together to form a lightweight, rigid structure with minimal fuss,” he said.

Scruffie Marine also recently completed the first of two 12-passenger solar electric ferries designed and builtfor a Perth-based company.

Made in Tamborine: A 12-passenger solar electric ferry built in North Tamborine for a Perth-based company. Photo: Ray Cash

“We were the only people in Australia who could supplywhat they wanted,” Mr Ellard said.

He said the ferry was like a Venetian water taxi.

“The ferry is modern technology at work, but with art deco styling,” Mr Ellard said.

The ferries do not pollute the air, are quiet to run and have very low runningcosts.

Mr Ellard said their boats are all easily transportable off the mountain.

“The ferry is a bus size so it can fit on a trailer or on the back of a truck,” he said.

Boatbuilder: Scruffie Marine’s designer, boatbuilder and owner Derek Ellard.

Mr Ellard started Scruffie Marine in 1991 and was joined by hispartner Annette Hollis four years later.

The business also uses sub-contractors, but Mr Ellard has done all the work on the boats except theelectrics.

“I come from a long-line of naval people, am a cabinet maker and studied fine arts,” he said.

Originally from England,Mr Ellard relocated to Australia in his thirties.

Scruffie Marine also works with organisations that assist disadvantaged youth and young offenders.

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