This MKI FAD was built using donations and the time from FW members:

I have been looking for an inexpensive alternative to the fibreglass FADs the PGFC use for awhile now. These 190l PE olive drums came up and I bagged a bunch (sorry Southcity104, will pick up them up from your back yard sometime ...).

Rather than hole them, and have to fix the holes, ala the PGFC's design with central pole, we built a cage for the container instead. The build was to use only solid profiles like rods and flats as these are cheap, and reduce the surface area exposed to salt water. My original design was modified and built by Grantartic and then later hot dip galvanised by Sea-Kem.

Next, to prevent it sinking as a result of being holed, I took it out to a pour-foam specialist where it was foam-filled, with chunks of styrofoam mixed in to cut down on how much of the pour foam was needed.

After that, it took the trip back to Southcity104 where he painted it up, assembled it and drove it to Jurien (seen with Alan James).

Hopefully Whitey can get it out soon, feedback may govern any changes made to the next iteration of the design.


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Great work Boys,dollies ahoy!

Sun, 2012-03-04 07:20

Great work Boys,dollies ahoy!

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is this the same one whitey

Sun, 2012-03-04 09:32

is this the same one whitey was telling me is going out next week?


getting the bottom line final answer from a bunch of blokes that use false names and put smiley faces at the end of paragraphs is not the best place in the world to get the information you seek.

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He has a couple ready to go,

Sun, 2012-03-04 09:40

He has a couple ready to go, some mooring floats and the one that Sherbert found.


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Good to see it all come

Sun, 2012-03-04 09:50

Good to see it all come together, nice work guys!

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Sun, 2012-03-04 10:15

Congratulations to everybody involved.

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Nice one Jamie. Just a

Sun, 2012-03-04 10:36

Nice one Jamie.


Just a thought, wouldn't it have been better to have the cover at the bottom?  This way the airpocket would keep the water out.

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We thought about it, but

Sun, 2012-03-04 10:31

We thought about it, but favoured no openings below the waterline. Its completely foam filled in any case.


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Looks great

Sun, 2012-03-04 10:39

Looks great Jamie, cant wait to hear some reports .

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Looks the goods

Sun, 2012-03-04 11:07

well done to everyone involved.

Should attract some hungry pelagics

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 Looks like a winner, good

Sun, 2012-03-04 11:12

 Looks like a winner, good work people.

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trip to jurien in a couple

Sun, 2012-03-04 12:05

trip to jurien in a couple months, how long will they be out there and where can i obtain the co-ords once they are.

cheers guys.


Here we go again.

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Well done to the guys making

Sun, 2012-03-04 15:38

Well done to the guys making the project a reality

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Well done fella's!! 

Wed, 2012-03-07 07:45

Well done fella's!!


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will the co-ords be posted up

Wed, 2012-03-07 07:56

will the co-ords be posted up here?

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As soon as we get them, for

Wed, 2012-03-07 08:07

As soon as we get them, for sure.