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Couta Boat

Name of Boat

Blondie
(Previously Ron Rico)

Owner's Name

Mark Bergin 

Boat Location

Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club 

Registration No.

 

Sail No.

C15 

Dimensions

Feet & Inches  Outside of stem to outside of transom

Overall Length

22' 

Maximum Draft

23 

Maximum Beam

710 

Centreplate Case Length

Construction

Planking
Structure
Framing

Carvel Clinker
Open 1/2 Cabin Cabin

Rig

Gaff Lug

Ballast

Weight

1250kg 

Material

4kg Lead Ingots 

Engine

Make

Yanmar 

Horsepower

20 

Heritage

Built

1954 

Builder

J Savage & Sons Williamstown Vic 

Designer

 

History

Purchased by Mark Bergin from Alan Luxmore 2003. Boat name was changed to Blondie from Ron Rico.
Previous joint buyers Tony Cushen & Alan Luxmore bought Ron Rico in 1985 from Brian Harris. Cushen sold out his share in 1993. Ronrico was then restored by the Wooden Boat shop in 1994. At this time of restoration, centre plate case was fitted. A new bow sprit, spars and sails were replaced in 1999.

Engine problems in early 2006 called for a complete rebuild, including the replacement of the crankshaft. During her time on the hard, two planks were replaced after 50+ years of good service. The condition appeared to be that the original planks might have been just a little to large and the years of swelling had resulted in bulging planks - thanks to the team at Nepean Boats for getting Blondie back into shape :)
 

Race Record

Ronrico raced sparingly prior to 1997-98. 1998-99 season: Second Division. 2nd Wooden Boat Shop Series 4th Logan Portsea Cup 1st Round Mud Island Race. HCP. Season 2005/6: Line Honours KPMG Day
 

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