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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.]


Wielands Swampscott Dory under sail

“Mull” is a 20 foot traditional Swampscott Dory designed by Australian, Murray Isles. She is constructed of epoxy-saturated marine ply and timber.

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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.

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This Selway-Fisher designed clinker rowing skiff is constructed from lightweight 4mm marine ply.

The boat weighs 26 kg, and is easily handled.    It has been roof topped throughout its life, and has seen water in Victoria, SA, NSW, and Tasmania.

The bottom of the boat was  fibreglassed during construction, making it a tough little vessel.

Acorn 15 a01

This 15’ version of Ian Oughtred’s classic “Acorn” series is a beautifully built clinker dinghy constructed from lightweight 4mm marine plywood.   This boat is basically a roof-topper, and the hull and permanent fixtures weigh in at only 43 kilos – pretty good for a boat 4.6 metres long and 1.2 metres wide!   Floor boards are fitted to reinforce the bottom of the boat.

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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12’ Wooden Cadet Dinghy fully restored in good sailing condition.   Full set of sails and all necessary gear in good condition.

Price includes registered trailer.   The timber is Australian cedar with a clear fiberglass skin on the outside of the hull and clear varnish on the inside.  

Additional buoyancy has been added. Mainly sailed in recent years on the Gippsland lakes.   Owner has retired from sailing and wishes a quick sale.

Price $1000.        Stored at Balwyn in Melbourne.  

To view call Peter on 98171676 or 0409 222 932



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For sale is an Ian Oughtred design " Little Tern " gaff rig with integrated launching trolley and registered road trailer.  All items are in excellent condition.

1950/60’s 14’ Restored bondwood inboard ski/speed boat (LH drive)

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  • Boat registered in WA to July 2020
  • Restored original timber deck
  • Hull in excellent condition
  • 202 Holden inboard less than 25hrs use in boat
  • Dog clutch
  • Steel trailer with brakes in excellent condition
  • Always kept undercover in a garage
  • Further photos available on request
  • Unique opportunity to buy rare wooden boat of this classic design in excellent condition ready to go
  • $8000 is the price for a new owner to purchase and enjoy

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Contact  David  on 0431 855 506 or



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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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

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