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This was the last time I saw Miss Cindy was in Jan 1986 on the Valley Lake in Mount Gambier, then 
owned by John Bronstein (far right in the orange outfit) with his son Mark Bronstein on the left . 


MISS  CINDY  HAS  BEEN  FOUND, RESURRECTED  AND  RESTORED  IN  2010.


How Miss Cindy was found and the restoration of "Miss Cindy" came about.
By Dennis Boundy.

REBUILT  "MISS  CINDY"

In 2005 a mate rang and said he had found a motor out of an old speedboat which would suit a new Salt race car I was building, so off to Salisbury South Australia to check it out.

The motor was a Datsun 260Z with triple Webber carbies. After we negotiated a price and loaded the motor in the ute, the guy said, "okay boys now take the boat as it was a deceased estate, so the yard had to be cleaned out". We found the old boat sitting on a trailer in about 3 feet of grass and was told it had been there for about 20 years without a covering, so you can imagine it was in a very sad state of repair.

We towed her back to a mate's place where we repacked the wheel bearings and fitted a new tyre and checked everything ready for a trip back to Robe South Australia. We had quite an eventful trip home, first a puncture in new tyre, then a blow-out in the second one with smoke everywhere. My wife looked out of her revision mirror and thought the boat was on fire, so we had to park the boat on the side of the road in the Coorong so as to go home to Robe and get more tyres.

On our way back to Robe we blew a transmission in our Nissan, so had to borrow our son's ute to go back to pick the boat up. By the time we got home I figured this boat was going to the tip, because I only bought a motor but it came with a boat.

By time we got back to Robe with the boat our daughter in law had Googled "Miss Cindy Speed Boat" and all the history and photos came up on "Miss Cindy" from Johnny's Pages web site. This history saved "Miss Cindy's" life as it was destined to be dumped, trailer and all.

We then decided to keep the boat and motor together and put the boat in shed for near on 5 years till Salt race car was done and in 2010 I started restoration of "Miss Cindy" which took about 12 months. She went in the lake at Robe on the 17th December 2010 and performed beautifully. 

Thanks to John's story on his website a little bit of South Australian boating history has been saved.



THE  RESTORATION

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Condition of Miss Cindy was in when found.

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Condition of Miss Cindy was in when found.


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All surface ply been removed.

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Sides been sanded down.


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Now reskinned.

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Reskinned with the Nissan 260z engine installed.


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Was large hole in rear bottom now been repaired.

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Looking good near ready for painting.


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Side rear view now Nissan 260Z with triple Webbers.

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Front view of Nissan 260Z with triple Webbers



RESTORED  MISS  CINDY  BACK  ON  HER  TRAILER
13th December 2010

Hard to believe it was 1980 when Jack Newcoombe drove off out the driveway with Miss Cindy in tow and 30 years later 2010 she returns in her resurrected glory.
What a nice sight to see after all this time.

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The cockpit.

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Inside the cockpit.


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Beautiful job done on the trailer.

The undercart.

Left:  A blown away John(ny) Masson.
Right:  Dennis Boundy new owner and rebuilder.



FIRST  TEST  RUN  SINCE  RESTORED
17th December 2010

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First test run on Ski Lake at Robe.

LOCAL PAPER WRITE-UP
Coastal Leader 16th Feb 2011

Dennis Boundy and Miss Cindy


MISS CINDY'S  FIRST  OUTING
26th and 27th February 2011
GOOLWA  WOODEN  BOAT  FESTIVAL


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Goolwa  Saturday 27th February
(photo Jeff Thompson)
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Goolwa  Sunday 27th February
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Miss Cindy Goolwa  Saturday 27th February
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Miss Cindy Goolwa  Sunday 27th February
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ABC South East Breakfast with Alan Richardson

The fast "Miss Cindy" makes a glamorous comeback



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