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Fifteen foot skiboat MATILDA

Date: 1961
Overall: 1230 x 5000 x 1810 mm, 460 kg
Display dimensions: 1150 x 1740 x 4250 mm
Vessel Dimensions: 4.57 m × 1.83 m, 0.46 tonnes (14.99 ft × 6 ft, 0.45 tons)
Medium: Fibreglass, paint, metal, leather, vinyl, aluminium, perspex, plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Hydroplane
Object No: 00002807
Place Manufactured:Scoresby
Related Place:Santa Clara,

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    This 15 foot ski boat MATILDA is one of the earliest production fibreglass runabouts built in Australia by leading fibreglass boatbuilding company International Plastics in 1961. It was a very popular runabout which enjoyed widespread usage throughout Australia.
    SignificanceMATILDA is representative of a very significant era in the history of small boat technology and the introduction of fibreglass technology which eventually superseded both wooden planking and plywood as popular building materials.
    HistoryMATILDA is one of the first mass-produced fibreglass runabouts to be built in Australia. Sleek and sporty, while spacious and reliable, runabouts like this became known as the family car on water. In the booming 1950s and '60s with money to spend on recreation, the mass production of motorboats opened up the world of pleasure boating to middle-class Australians. Fibreglass hulls and outboard motors were easier and cheaper to maintain than older wooden boats with inboard motors. Their lighter weight and increased engine power also meant that they could reach the faster speeds needed for towing water skiers. And 'trailer sailors' did not have to be experts to navigate the waterways and handle their craft.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Fünfzehn Fuß Fiberglas Skiboat MATILDA

    Web title: Fifteen foot skiboat MATILDA

    Assigned title: Vijftien voet glasvezel skiboat MATILDA

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