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Palm Beach
« on: October 08, 2019, 12:11:43 PM »
Hydrofoil Palm Beach in dock @ Balmain Yard - starboard propeller.

Thursday 18 December 1980 - Stuart McPherson



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Re: Palm Beach
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2019, 12:30:30 PM »
Hydrofoil Palm Beach again. Detail view of engineer's dashboard and throttles on right hand side of wheelhouse. She's under refit at this time (high & dry in dry dock actually) which might perhaps explain the missing gauge.

40 years ago this month (Crikey. It was me and not somebody else who took this photo 😳) - August 1979 - Stuart McPherson

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Re: Palm Beach
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2019, 12:31:26 PM »
Hydrofoil Palm Beach in dry dock.

Profile and shape of the whole forward foil is clearly visible in this photo. Also very visible the port side flap on trailing edge of the forward foil - seen at left of the photo.

The port and starboard flaps were controlled by the skipper via levers to the left and right of the wheel (tiller in the case of Palm Beach) and assisted re stability and smooth riding in a choppy or rolling waterway. They also enabled the hydrofoil to bank around a turn in a similar manner to an aircraft. They were operated pretty constantly while underway (or at least, were operated pretty constantly by skipper Bill Thomas - who I used to ride in the wheelhouse with).

Balmain Yard, August 1979 - Stuart McPherson

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Re: Palm Beach
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2019, 12:32:04 PM »
Hydrofoil Palm Beach - her wheelhouse.

Unlike all the other Sydney hydrofoils, Palm Beach was equipped with a tiller for steering instead of the usual wheel. Visible here at the skipper's position are the tiller, and port side flap control to the immediate left. Starboard flap control is to right of the tiller but here hidden from view.

At the engineer's position are the two throttles for the twin V12 diesels. They were operated by him while underway.

I am sitting in the deckhand's seat at left of the wheelhouse to take this photo. The deckhand doubled as an additional forward-looking observer - necessary when navigating crowded Sydney Harbour at high speed.

Balmain Yard, August 1979 - Stuart McPherson

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Re: Palm Beach
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2019, 12:45:02 PM »
Palm Beach. Photo from Bradley's Head.

November 1982 - Stuart McPherson

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Re: Palm Beach
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2019, 08:49:34 AM »
Palm Beach leaves Manly, 1975, GKA

 

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