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.]


Serious offers will be considered for any of the the following boats. Contact Chris on 0438 519 033.

Arpegio, a 12’ Shearwater Lapstrake construction , epoxy coated. Timber is marine plywood, gaff rigged with mainsail and jib. Comes on a registered trailer.

Blues in Sea. A David Payne designed 17’ flat bottomed skiff. Marine plywood and epoxy constructon. Bimini top included. 3.3 HP Mercury outboard. Set of 8’ oars. Comes on a registered trailer.

Wanderer, a Phil Bolger designed 12’ cat boat. Marine ply epoxy construction, gaff rigged with mainsail. Comes on a registered trailer.

PROJECT: a Vacationer gaff rigged sloop designed by Peter Stevenson. This is a project for someone to finish. The boat is currently on a registered trailer and is framed but waiting for planking in marine plywood. Mast has been constructed along with the gaff booms and bow sprit.


Available free to anyone wishing to build.

Contact Chris on 0438519033.


11ft x 5ft, Circa 1965. Good condition. Comes with all gear. Great little boat to learn to sail in.
Located Ocean Grove Victoria. Contact Rod on 0439469779.
Open to reasonable offers.


The design is from Duck Flats, based on the Thames Badger. The price includes the plans. It can be adapted to a sliding seat with outriggers.
Includes road trailer.
$3500 ono
Located in Belgrave 3160.
For more information, phone 0488065779


Built in 1981. Located in Werribee, and comes with tilt trailer, roller furling jib, near new red sails. Both boat and trailer registered in Victoria.
Asking $4995
A Honda 2.3hp outboard suitable for this boat is also for sale. $750 neg.
Phone Gerard 04045259541.


Old Sea Dogs Advertisment


Aluminium Masts. Also some booms. Most have fittings still attached.  Second hand but useable in good condition. They are off the following class vessels: Sabre, 125, Hartley 16, Fireball  These sections are also used on other classes or retrofit other designs.

Staunchions. 475 mm and 550 mm high. RF 405, so Ronstan brand.

If interested call Roger Spooner on 0409020021 to view, then discuss price. Going cheap as cleaning up. 


LOA - 17’
Beam - 24’’
Weight - 23kgs.
Construction: Marine ply glassed over with Westsystems Epoxy, International paint with Awlwood varnish.
Includes seats, toe steer rudder system and all handles/lashing for deck - assembly required.
Asking - $1,700.00
Contact Nick Atkins: 0422 063 476 or



This is perfect for dinghy cruising for two people as it has the room for extra gear, and light so easy to launch and retrieve, plus adding extra gear will not hamper her at all . 

She can carry up to 30 kgs of extra gear no problem. She is dry to sail. Easy to rig. 

She is mostly varnished, which is due for a little TLC .

She sails both easy and fast (these two do not always go together).

Good sails: main, jib, spinnaker,

The modifications were to make her lighter and add more buoyancy. Everything else is same .

Comes with two masts: 1 wooden, 1 aluminium.

It is on an unregistered trailer. 

Asking $1500 . 

Contact Roger Spooner:



Contact Bill Jones on 0428 475 425 (mornings only).


Needs a rebuild or inspection.

Contact Bill Jones on 0428 475 425 (mornings only).


Hand Copper nailed, Mahogany, lined in Teak with Spruce mast and gaff.

She was made on the River Thames about fifty years ago and shipped to Australia when a friend’s father passed away. She still has the original Seagull motor, plus another faster one for fishing.

Stored on a brand new, unused trailer.

A beautiful boat – ideal for families and lake sailing. Very reluctant sale, but no longer used.

Asking $7,500.00. Contact Peter Banfield on 0421 237 714.

Width 2.5 metres. New, unused. Adjustable straps included.
Price: $85.00.
Contact Chris on 0438 519 033.

A number of new blue three cornered sails to suit small pram dinghies or canoes. They sleeve over a 40m mast and have sail battens and sail bags. Price negotiable!

We have patterns for a two sheets of 4mm ply pram dinghy with a how to build folio. A sailing version is also available for the sails above. Also patters for a 9’ clinker stem dingy from three sheets 2400x 1200x 6mm five ply or solid timber with ribs.

The design for Begonia is also available, as are a number of other designs we built. This includes plans for a 43m on deck three masted Sail Training Ship based on our design.

Contact Tom Whitfield on 03 95808371.


Happy to pay a fair price for a small sail and spars. I am developing a 3.6 m sailing canoe and am looking for the gear to power it.

An older Opti rig looks like a good fit but will consider anything with about 3 sq metres of sail area. 

Any donations of old spars and fittings in any condition would be gratefully received because there is a bit of fiddling and experimentation required.

Please call Tony O’Neill on 041952419


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

Contact Brian on  0411 158 518

Click here to download the "Advertising in Shavings" form.   



Greg B Goolwa 01
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.



Member login

Join the WBA

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 Nov 27 @10:30AM -
Sailing Day - Albert Park Lake
Sun Dec 11 @10:30AM - 05:00PM
WBA Christmas Lunch and Sailing Day
Sun Jan 15 @10:30AM -
Additional Sailing Day
Wed Feb 15 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night
Sun Feb 26 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day - Rye

Other Events

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

Extended forecast for Melbourne

Tides information

Bureau of Meteorology



Links to Parks Victoria boating guides

Port Phillip boating guide

Boating and swimming zones