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Name of Boat

Lady Virginia
(Previously Marleena)

Owner's Name

Nick & Virginia Cable 

Boat Location

Sorrento East 

Registration No.

 

Sail No.

C75 

Dimensions

Feet & Inches  Outside of stem to outside of transom

Overall Length

24' 

Maximum Draft

3' 2" 

Maximum Beam

9' 

Centreplate Case Length

5' 

Construction

Planking
Structure
Framing

Carvel Clinker
Open 1/2 Cabin Cabin

Rig

Gaff Lug

Ballast

Weight

 

Material

Lead 

Engine

Make

Volvo MD21B 1892 

Horsepower

65 

Heritage

Built

1952 

Builder

Lacco 

Designer

 

History

Painted navy grey and known as "Marleena-AE71" the O'Donnell family kept her penned at Blounts jetty, Williamstown for 25 years until 1995 operating as a private schnapper boat. When the schnapper started disappearing in the early 1990's with increased scallop boat fishing, the O'Donnels decided it was time to move to Cairns in Far North Queensland, barramundi territory. Capt. Christopher M.Will of JP Woiliams & Associates surveyed "Marleena" 8/9/92 and described her" the owner used the boat for fishing in the Altona/Point Wilson area of Port Phillip to a distance of 3NM offshore. Generally the boat is of proven design and construction. In our opinion the hull is in good condition for the age of the boat. The " Marleena" is a particularly well presented example of the traditional "couta boat". From a point of view of soundness of the craft and fittings, we would suggest she represents and acceptable insurance risk". The "Marleena" was purchased by the Cable family 9/1/95 after restoring the "Portsea Pearl" a 16' carvel Lacco design owned by the Law family. Renamed "Lady Virginia" and refitted in 1996 by Len Dodson with centreplate casing she enjoys sailing the Div 2 CBC races in summer at Sorrento. She is Kauri planked with fitted sheet fibre glassed deck (1980) and spotted gum frames. Her 4 cylinder diesel relatively heavy by modern standards has 4 mounts with 2 for the Borg Warner gearbox. An electric harness runs by loom to a mounted control panel the engine operates comfortably at 2000rpm with a cruising hull speed of 7-8 knots. A hand bilge is mounted on the stern deck, electric pump in the rear bilge wired to the battery. She carries a No.2.5 dreadnought anchor with 7' chain and 200' rope. New sails and rigging were fitted in 1996. The "Lady Virginia" is a fine example of the few remaining cabin couta boats that enjoy sailing the waters of Queenscliff and Sorrento.
 

Race Record

1996 - Graeme Robertson Trophy (most improved boat) 2000 - Mazda National Series - 1st Div 2 handicap.
 

Comments

Welcome aboard. One of the best days enjoyed was sailing in the Rip during slack water off Queenscliff lighthouse with the morning sun glistening through a light seamist the "Endeavour" slipped inside on her way to Melbourne under a light sail - breathtaking!
 

 

 

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