Owner – Stan Haritou
The story of me and the ‘Didge’ began back in June 2006, when after spending 2 seasons being a member of the club and skiing behind Syndicate, I decided it was time to buy my own baby. After checking out a few boats, I met ‘Didge’ and fell in love… Maybe it was her clean body, her veneer finish or the small 202 that sat in her that screamed at me humming at 6200 rpm “I can beat Syndicate….” that sold her to me. In all reality she was a good clean boat that needed a little TLC and could become my little baby. Once I got her, the first thing I did was take her for a spin at Lake Eildon and learnt how to handle her. After quite a few spins I worked out how she turned, how she accelerated and how to win all my races. Once we got the driving down to a reasonable pace, it was time to make some changes to her looks. The first thing was to change the interior, the old brown and yellow carpeted seats were reupholstered to cream pleather with orange stitching and the Seacraft Syndicate Boat owners club logo embroidered into the back seat and didgeridoo into the front seats. Next we had to cater for the cold beer after a long day of winning by installing 4 chrome cup holders, now that she was starting to look a little bit sharper it was time to refresh the old looking black engine with a coat of chevi orange paint. Now the smart person would have removed the engine and painted it that way, but I am always looking for a quicker way, so I taped the whole boat up with clear plastic, cut a hole around the engine, duct taped her up and away we went. Now it may not be the most professional paint job you’ve ever seen but it has lasted me three years and still looks pretty good – so I think!!… The next upgrade was a new chrome billet steering wheel, followed by a cover for the flywheel and rear pulleys so I could get rid of the old wooden box that surrounded the engine. Now that she was looking good, it was time to enjoy her, after 3 seasons she is now one of the fastest single carb 6 cylinder in the club. We can owe this to her Holden 202, side draft weber, roller rockers, solid lifters and solid cam. After spending 2 seasons learning and winning, I was itching to improve her again, it was decided that some spare change could be spent on making her look just as good off the water as she does on it- with a few changes to the old trailer-it was transformed into a sleek custom trailer. After a lot of hard work from some very good friends, a lot of long hours and COLD BEERS the trailer was finished, looking better than I could have imagined. After 3 successful seasons and a lot of fun times, it’s now time this winter to strip her down to bear timber, fix a few nicks, give her a new coat of clear, update her sign writing with a bit of airbrushing and a new 202.
The ‘Didge’ is here to stay……