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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.]


Built at home in 1967 by my father with assistance of his three young boys, this runabout has given many years of service to our family, providing safe and comfortable boating on inland waters in Victoria and estuarine East Gippsland.
Dimensions: 14’6” LOA, Beam 6’9”
Construction: Meranti framing, Marine ply hull with Dynel covering
Motor: Yamaha 80hp – not in running order
Transom: needs work

Trailer: As-new Easytow trailer. Essentially unused. For sale at $2500.

Located in Melbourne.
Contact: Phillip Steele on 0417684255

 NB clinker dinghy3It’s a 12ft Clinker hull and it’s never been used. Hand-built in marine ply with quality timbers throughout including Huon pine in transom, breasthook and quarter knees.

Has slip-in slatted hardwood bottom-boards. Marine varnished finish on timbers inside, gunwale and top strake. 

Off-white sides and COP-R-BOTE coated hull. It does have some water stains inside due to spending extended time stored in a leaky warehouse before being fully finished. The entire boat has recently been re-sanded and re-painted and is now ready to be enjoyed.

Includes: 2 hand-made paddles that store under the seats, 2 x 12mm shaft Rowlocks, Stainless Steel U-bolt in bow and nickel-plated rings on transom for mooring. Brass rubbing strip at bow and on  rear of keel. 

Perfect for rowing around a lake or attach an outboard on it to putter around anywhere in style.  Delivery within 50km of Melbourne is included – Otherwise transport is the buyer’s responsibility.

The proceeds from the sale will go to the Alma Doepel restoration to assist Sail and Adventure Ltd to complete the ship and re-commence the “Voyage of a Lifetime” program.  Follow this eBay link to make your bid:

Whether or not you buy the boat, you may make a Tax Deductible donation toward the Alma Doepel restoration at:   Enter an amount in the box and Click DONATE to complete your details.


Alice May

“Alice May“ is a very charming “Sunday” boat built by Sydney Wilson in 1927 for his private use. He was one of the three Wilson brothers who continued the great name of the Wilson boatshed in Cygnet , Tasmania

"Alice May" is a 30 feet Huon pine carvel built, with a portable toilet. She is well maintained, having yearly antifoul & motor service. It does now need an inside paint & floor but is in excellent shape.

The owner regularly goes out for 5 days at a time & loves every moment.

Price: $36,000.
Contact Andrew at Cottage Point boatshed on 02 94563563.


Hartley TS 16 with mast and boom, no sails, no trailer. Renovators delight!?
Located at Bruthen. Contact Bill Jones on 0428 475 425

Copper nails 1.25" - 2", Brass screws 5/8" - 4", copper rivets and washers, silicone bronze boat nails 3/4" - 1", various brass fittings, traditional hand woodworking tools, and some timber.

Items located in Research, Melbourne. Contact: Alan West  03 9437 1253.


I am looking to buy a YSE 8 Yanmar engine for a Couta boat I am doing up in Metung, Victoria.  

Please contact me if you can help.  Sharon Chandler 0419 597 647 


This is a unique attractive boat; ideal for fishing and pleasant afternoons on lakes and rivers, and is in excellent condition.

  • Enclosed cabin with clear roll up blinds.
  • 2 cylinder diesel, Simplex gearbox.
  • Engel fridge
  • 2 new batteries
  • Tilt trailer with spare wheel
  • New tyres

Located in Bendigo, Victoria.
For sale at $21,000.
For more information regarding this boat, contact Haydn Mathers on 0408 511 742. 

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"Maude", A G Williams Half Cabin Cruiser built 1945. 24 ft long 8 ft beam. NZ Kauri Carvel planked. Complete restoration 2500 hours. Twin cylinder Diesel engine 28hp. Also seatrail trailer. Used twice. Winner of WBA Alan Chinn award.

Boat for sale to a person who will take pride in this boat as I do!

Commenced building in 1970, completed in 1973, from plans taken off a Hartley design from New Zealand and my own ideas put into construction of the mahogany cabin.

Hull of boat is 3/8 coachwood ply, fibreglass to chine, plywood planking curved to create flared bow.  Side planking is 3/8 coachwood ply. Cabin top and decking fibreglassed, stainless steel bow rail. Full instrument panel, radio and depth sounder. Powered by a 3 cylinder 70hp Chrysler outboard motor.

Price $16,000.00 ono.  Contact Ian Arstall, Geelong, ph 03 52217428

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3-4 HP (or thereabouts) outboard wanted for 12’ skiff. Must have reverse.

Contact Brian on  0411 158 518

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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 at to see if we can help each other out.



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