|Boat Type||Half Tonner|
|Club||Middle Harbour Yacht Club|
|Year Build||1971 (age 50)|
|Owner (s)||Steve White|
|Former Owners||Gilbert Thomas|
|Other Boat Names||Morgan White|
|Designer (s)||Bob Miller|
|Current Crew||Steve White|
|Former Crew||Bob Beesley|
John ("Joe") Hooton
Martin ("Ferdie") Leschkau
Plum Crazy was built in Sydney in l97l by Douglas Brooker Custom Yachts Gilbert Thomas "Tig" and Max Bowen. Affectionately known as "The Plum", she was launched just l0 days before the Hobart Race, and caused a sensation by leading American J. B. Kilroy's maxi yacht "Kialoa ll" in the race to Sydney Heads. She went on to win division 2 in that race, in what was an auspicious beginning to a distinguished racing career.
"Plum Crazy" currently holds the Sydney-Hobart race record for the fastest yacht less than 9.5m: 4 days,1 hour, 18 minutes and 16 seconds. She has held this record since 1975.
Credit for the design of Plum Crazy is shared by Bob Miller, as he then was, and Joe Adams, two of Australia's most creative naval architects. Adams was a talented assistant to Miller, and probably drew her lines, but perhaps the genius came from Miller. At that time he had also created "Apollo" for Alan Bond and "Gingko" for Gary Bogard. Of course, Bob Miller became Ben Lexcen, and was immortalised in 1983, as the designer of "Australia ll", winner of the America's Cup.
Joe Adams went on to develop the design, creating the Adams 31 based on similar lines, which further established Joe's reputation for fast sea-kindly yachts which continues to this day.
Douglas Brooker is famous for his series of cold moulded timber yachts of strong yet light construction. These were the half-tonners Plum Crazy and Deviance; Hobart winning one-tonner Ceil III; three-quarter tonners Impeccable, Pazazz & Dancing Mouse: the 36ft Baden Design cruising yacht Pericles, Australian champion quarter-tonner Jiminy Cricket and his own design 42ft cruising yacht Touchwood.
Plum Crazy bears testament to the quality of the work achieved by Douglas Brooker's yard. Without exaggeration it may be said that she is unique; a handmade record-setting timber yacht designed by Bob Miller and Joe Adams.