1965 38' flybridge cruiser - Tiki

by Luke
(Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)

I bought this old boat from Lake Macquarie in Sydney (Australia) with the intention of sailing it back to Hobart, which is around 500-600Nm, but ended up getting it trucked down after I took it a day down the coast and discovered I was very seasick...

It didn't seem to mind doing a day in 2-3 metre swell and motored through a storm two days later (we've had some wild weather in Sydney recently).

It was made by a Sydney boatbuilder Wal Shirt with a splined hull.

It has a V berth cabin, a couple of bunks on the starboard side, a bathroom on the port side and a 6.354 Perkins diesel.

It has a lot of soft spots in the foredeck, saloon, flybridge and gunnels.

I've also discovered a few soft ribs, and some fasteners came loose on the 1,000KM or so truck ride down (a few have fallen out completely).

I'm starting to chip away at restoring and modernising it.

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My Father’s Boat
by: Ken Joseph

Hi Luke, it looks like you have the boat my father had built in the early sixties.

I have quite a few photos of her being built and in operation.

Would be great if you could drop me a line at kenjoseph@ozemail.com.au. Cheers Ken.

1965 flybridge cruiser -Tiki
by: Anonymous

Grate story nice boat but sounds like you may have a lot of work a head of you.

Just looked at a simulair boat a little longer but it had had major work done to it, then the reduction gear had gone well.

You could say that was the last straw.

It was for sale, sign on it open to offers, so of we went to have a look this boat had been documented with pictures, the works.

So, if you go to that much work take pictures.

A lot of the work done on the boat was cute but not origenail, not that I could not make changes, like no rolling chalks.

Nero boats roll if your out there and sick it may be the boat stabilizer polls work grate, spent a summer trolling the boat had a sail aft, just enough to keep the boat in a strait line but also enough tension on the keel to be comfy motion.

Sickness hit a lot of sailors, you eventually get over it.

Nice boat and the flying bridge sure nice for thing you may never see from the deck, like rocks.

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