East Gippsland Wooden Boat Association members had a great “putt-putt” weekend on April 16 and 17.

On Saturday a cruise up the Backwater was followed by a picnic lunch at the Port of Bairnsdale, and then a leisurely cruise up the Mitchell River in the afternoon. Fifteen people went to the Chinese restaurant in Bairnsdale for a lovely dinner, followed by an early night.


Sunday turned out to be a magnificent day and all the boats left the Butter Factory wharf for a delightful ride back home. Many local people attended, including Doug and Marion Gullickson with their two boats, Tahken, a steam boat, and Jabiru, a cabin cruiser. Also there were, Neville and Jenny Smith with their boat Arawa, a wooden cruiser built of King Billy Pine, Barry And Jenny North on Peace Train, John and Jacqui Nicholson with their open clinker dinghy The Laughing Jellyfish, Bernard and Matthew O'Kelly with Nelly T, an acorn wooden dinghy, Colin McArthur in Ibis, and Jim Whiting, who had a ride on Tahken. We were also delighted to welcome Malcolm McKay and his crew Eric Simes, who joined us from Narooma with Malcolm's boat, a two cylinder diesel.

We were very pleased to welcome people who had come so far to enjoy the Gippsland Lakes.

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