The Boatyard


We welcome advertisements for wooden boats, and resources that would be of interest to our members and readers.   In the past this has included barometers, books, rope, engines, etc..  Advertisements run for two months, i.e. in 2 issues of  our newsletter Shavings, and in the ‘For Sale or Wanted’ section of the WBA website.

The text for your advertisement should generally be no longer than 100 words, and ads can also include photos or drawings. You can email your ad to with the words “WBA advertisement” in the subject, or post it to WBA, P O Box 5237, South Melbourne VIC 3205.



WBA members: Free!  

Non-WBA members are charged a flat $30 fee for inclusion in two issues of Shavings, and a two month placement on the WBA website. “Free to a good home” items attract no charge.

If you are not a WBA member, you can pay by cheque made out to ‘Wooden Boat Association Inc.’ and posted with the ad, or by Electronic Funds Transfer to - Wooden Boat Association BSB 013 260 Account Number 303824509.
[Please include your surname and ‘WBA ad’ in the payment details.]


Restored Putt-Putt – Sydney

This magnificent putt putt, 16’ long and 6’ 4” wide, and believed to have been built in the Northern Rivers of NSW around 1927, has been meticulously restored from the keel up.

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She is a seam batten carvel construction with beech planking, has been glassed on the outside and given a superb paint finish.

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About half of the ribs have been replaced, there are new spotted gum stringers, new white ash coamings and gunwales, and a new cedar and spruce deck laid over marine ply.

She has a Simplex motor with FNR gearbox (also restored), a new shaft, propeller and stainless fuel tank. Similarly, the deck fittings, seats, cover and sun cover are also new.

The trailer has been custom-built and has a Sea-go battery-driven remote-controlled motor system to enable manoeuvring when ashore for storage.            

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This boat is fully equipped and ready to use.    It is being offered at about half the cost of restoration and is certainly a boat for those who appreciate fine timber craftsmanship.  She also comes with a complete pictorial record and diary of the restoration. 

The Boat and the Trailer can be inspected at Bayview on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Price $29,000. Phone Tony on 0416-183-516.



After a nearly two year restoration my 14’6’’ 1898 Hobsons Bay Flattie “Larrigai” was re-launched at the 2018 Paynesville Wooden Boat Show.

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It also appeared the following week at the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival sitting on its trailer. This is the “Larrigai” saga.

70 hp. Chrysler, Bimini top and fitted tarp for travel.

Radio, compass, depth sounder and full control panel.

Various accessories, fitted seats to bunks.

This boat is located in Geelong, and price is by negotiation with the owner.

Contact : Ian Arstall,  Ph: 052 217 428

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 For Sale - 11ft clinker putt putt  “Curlew”

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This boat dates from about 1950, is clinker construction using Kauri and Oregon. We restored it 2005, replacing a couple of planks, and rebuilding the interior. Interior is an oiled finish as per original.

Now powered by a modern Honda GX160 air-cooled 4 stroke 5hp single cylinder engine adapted for use in the boat. It starts easily and is economical, easily does 4 hours running on the 5 litre tank, and has probably had no more than 50 hours use.

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Has a sun awning, and is on a registered Dunbier trailer, with spare wheel. Boat and trailer registered until Feb 2019. Includes oars, fenders, bilge pump, anchor and rope.

Price? - $6,000

Please contact me for more photos or to inspect- David Stott, 0414442518,




For sale - Lazy e number 316

 The wooden hull is in good condition but needs coat of paint/varnish and some maintenance. It has the original main, jib, spinnaker, and some spares.    The previous owner advised that the boat was professionally built. Buoyancy is not built in, but buoyancy bags are included in the sale.  The boats length is 4.6 metres/15 feet.

The Boat has nice lines, lively to sail. Comes with registered Galvanised Trailer with alloy wheels (including a spare).    I have always stored the boat undercover.

Raymon Grant Lazy E no 16

How Much?      $2000.00      Where?    Essendon

Contact Raymond Grant 0432 418 099, or email, .



For sale approximately 13 foot Huon Pine putt putt, with mahogany top.  Built in Tasmania circa 1950.  Has most of the original engine, but it’s not installed as it it needs some parts.  The boat was brought up to Sydney for the bi-centenial.

It comes with a trailer, and 6 hp Mercury outboard with two hours running.

I Have the original manual for the Blaxland engine also!

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Bought it off an older gentleman who had it for around 20 years, repainted it and tidied it up   It has the original engine as pictured, but needs a drive shaft and prop etc…    I was going to do a full restoration but simply don’t have the time or energy!

Price?  $5,500 or near offer.

Mike Parsons  0438 247201 ( ),  Taree, NSW.




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If you have a Sailfish tucked up under the house, or taking up space in the garage I am interested. I am looking for Sailfish to restore and get back on the water, so if you want space for the next project or just feel like it is time for your Sailfish to find a new home please contact me on either 0421 97 1366 or to see if we can help each other out.



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