Yes thats right, Noels had that boat for longer than I remember, its minimum weight, and has won at a rough guess 15 titles, from victorian states to australian nationals. Very very smart sailor, he knows that boat inside and out. I paid him a few visits while putting mine together. He like me has hardly sailed for the last few years due to no water in our lakes, but never loses touch.
I have 003 and 004 within an hour of my house, and it used to always be, without fail, 1st and 2nd, in the vic states.
Dennis Baker has a new boat (last year I think) from the new mould, and has been hard for Noel to get around. But again, Dennis is also a very very good sailor, from radio controlled carbon fibre racing yachts, worth $000's(which he sold to but his first taipan, now onto his third) to cats.
Oh and by the way, Noels Taipan looks like a brand new out of the factory boat, despite being 15+years old.