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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.]


Colin Childs 32’ Rhumb Runner  - $110,000 negotiable.

Cygnet II was launched new in 2018. She has 1.5m draft, 3.20m beam and weighs around 7,000kg.

Built with Fijian Kauri over Quilla beams with Dynel sheathing, cutter rigged, with 28hp Kubota diesel, Dyneema life lines.

185cm interior headroom, two quarter berths, full galley, enclosed heads, loads of dry storage space, bronze ports and fully set up for long distance coastal cruising including tiller pilot, windvane steering and Sail-Gen water generator. In as new condition and last antifouled Dec 2019.

Call 07 3348 3177


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 


I have a Heron dinghy that my dad and I spent many happy hours in, that needs a new home since dad passed on.

Yes, it does look a little tired, and needs a new centreboard case, side decks, and at least, repairs to her bottom, but overall is a worthwhile  project.  

It comes with sails, fittings, and two sets of masts and spars, and is currently stored in Ringwood, Victoria.

The trailer rego has lapsed, and one of the cross braces needs tacking back on, but the main drawbar seems sound.

Please give me a call if you are interested.   I would be sorry to see her become part of a Guy Fawkes bonfire.

Steven Todd – 0402826345

Circa 1938 ex Navy sail training dinghy of 12ft, converted to a motor boat and is now fitted with a “Hall” single cylinder 2 stroke motor of 3HP.  The motor dates from 1962 and is an updated model with roller bearings instead of plain bearings and has an alloy crankcase.

Engine has a sealed fresh water cooling system, and has an electric starter added.
Boat is a batten seam carvel construction and has just been renovated with a full repaint.
Has a canvas sun awning.
On an excellent trailer, which is currently registered in NSW. If sold to a non-NSW resident it will be sold unregistered as the rego cannot be transferred interstate. The boat is unregistered as it is not required in NSW for boats of this power and speed.

Asking price is $6,000 and offers will be considered.

Call David on 0414442518 or email More pictures and video of engine running are available.

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. 

Jim has a variety of power tools for sale, including:

  • Ryobi saw table with 254mm saw
  • Skil router with 6.4mm shaft
  • GMC reciprocating saw with 1kw motor
  • Dick Smith soldering station.

Please phone Jim on 0408 279 179.

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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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