The Boatyard

Ads in Shavings run for two editions and also on the WBA website. Cheques should be made out to the Wooden Boat Association and sent to The WBA, P.O. Box 5237  South Melbourne  Victoria  3205.

Note the following advertising costs: Ads are free for WBA members. Non-WBA individuals are welcome to advertise for the cost of $10.00 per 10 feet of boat. Boats 10’ or less can be advertised for free. Add $10.00 for an engine.

For example – a 20’ sailing boat with outboard will cost $30.00 to advertise ($20.00 + $10.00) for two issues of Shavings, and for a place on the WBA website.

Mahita Last refit Warneet Slip

(Mahita pictured after her last refit in 1995)

An historic 11 metre carvel hull cruiser built in 1929 with an interesting history that needs wooden boat enthusiasts to take over project. Owners prepared to donate the hull (90% restored) and superstructure components along with the hardware, some of which has been remade from SS.( approx $3500 worth). There are also Kauri hull planks fully dressed for the hulls completion. All free.

There is an as new Perkins 4.236 Marine diesel engine (only 20 hours running time before external reconditioning) complete with new instruments and looms. This is matched to the engine bearers and shaft and would go straight in - $20,000. This would be all that is for sale but must go with the project.


Here is one for the traditionalist......

A restored 15 ft Putt Putt, almost a new boat on a new trailer.

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A very pretty Michael Dearing rebuild (refer to the photo) assisted by the volunteers at Armfield boatshed and slip at Goolwa.

When it appears, this boat gathers a small crowd of admirers and it goes well on the water too, powered by a very reliable Blaxland single cylinder.

Probably originally built in the 1950s as a fishing boat.

We need to move it out as Armfield has started another restoration.

The owner of this will look forward to many years of enjoyment with very little maintenance.


Call Garry Coombes   0428 634 188 for more details

Around $8,750 would secure this lovely boat


Geelong Wooden Boat 2018 A5

For Sale - 10‘ (3.1 metre) Acorn Dinghy

Although retired now, I was a boat builder all my life. I love to keep my hand in and I just can’t stop yet. It’s true to say that the boat I am selling is professionally built.

For Sale - 10‘ (3.1 metre) Acorn Dinghy – Launched September 2015

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A 10 foot sailing dinghy, clinker ply fitted out with mahogany trim and bronze fittings. The ropes are “Hardy Hemp” – a traditional look, but modern polyester. It comes with a mast and a balanced lug rig, plus a pair of 6’ oars.

Asking price is $3500, and a registered trailer (not pictured) with new hubs and bearings is available for an additional $500.

The boat is at present at Bruthen (as am I). I can be contacted on 0428 475 425.



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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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.

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