Back issues of Shavings - the newsletter of the Wooden Boat Association Inc.

Do you have a boat to sell? We welcome advertisments for the “Boatyard” section of Shavings, the Wooden Boat Association’s newsletter.  We accept advertisements for wooden boats, and resources that would be of interest to our members. In the past this has included barometers, books, rope, engines, etc. Download our advertising form here.

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Membership is open to all wooden boat enthusiasts. Many members own boats, others do not, but all enjoy the chance to get together and "muck about with boats". Their boats include rowing boats, putt-putts, radio controlled models, pond yachts, canoes, kayaks, steam-powered boats, sailing dinghies, dayboats and ocean-going yachts.

The Wooden Boat Association is based in Melbourne, with regular sailing days scheduled on Albert Park Lake, as well as other venues around Melbourne, and at least one weekend each year elsewhere in the state.

Especially welcome is the first-time wooden boat builder or restorer, who can expect to receive ample advice and assistance in getting their dream onto the water.

Benefits of Wooden Boat Association Membership 

  • Become part of a friendly and sociable group of people with a common interest in wooden boats.
  • Receive Shavings, a monthly newsletter bringing timely news about events and activities in Victoria.
  • Regular meetings with a wide range of interesting speakers and activities. Our usual venue is the Albert Park Yacht Club, with visits to other venues from time to time.
  • Monthly sailing days, on Albert Park Lake and other locations close to Melbourne.
  • Use of the Association's own boats, two traditional sailing boats, Begonia and Lindsay Symons, our canoe Stringybark, and our extremely rare Port Philip 12.
  • Access to the Association's extensive library of boatbuilding and other nautical books.
  • Companionship with sister associations in other states

Join the WBA now

Coming WBA Events

Sun Dec 12 @11:30AM -
Sailing Day and WBA Christmas Lunch - Note new details!
Sun Jan 23 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day - Albert Park Lake
Wed Feb 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Mid-week Boating - NEW!
Wed Feb 16 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night - The boats of HMAS Castlemaine
Sat Feb 26 @10:00AM -
Participate in APYC's 150th Anniversary Celebrations
Wed Mar 16 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night - Alma Doepel - TBC
Sun Mar 27 @ 8:00AM -
Sailing Day - Rye
Sun Apr 24 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day - Yarra trip
Sun May 22 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day - Albert Park Lake
Sun Jun 26 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day - Albert Park Lake
Sun Jul 24 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
AGM and Sailing Day

Other Events

Wind and weather info for Port Phillip, Western Port, and elsewhere.

www.baywind.com.au/ppb

www.seabreeze.com.au

Extended forecast for Melbourne

Tides information

Bureau of Meteorology

willyweather

TidesChart

Links to Parks Victoria boating guides

Port Phillip boating guide

Boating and swimming zones