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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.]


The Swampscott Dory is a classic New England lightweight tender, designed by a famous dory builder, George Chaisson, from the small Massachusetts seaside town of Swampscott. 

Having lived in the Bourke Rd area of East Malvern, I was always on the lookout for discarded housing timber which homeowners would place on nature strips when renovating Edwardian/Victorian homes. Skirting boards from these homes provided me with the stock for planking. Some 30cm thick and about 4/5 metres long, and being ‘Californian Red Pine’ or Sequoia which was imported into Australia in the 1920s for the building industry, and with access to wood working machinery, they could be thinned and easily cut into planking not requiring steaming as they were quite pliable.

I drew the plans on my garage floor in chalk and with some modifications, produced the craft as such. The ribs required steaming as they were of varying curvatures. The transom and forward stem are jarrah.
The masts / spars are Oregon and the running gear/ equipment/ blocks etc were cast in brass by Elite Castings in Huntingdale.
Finally, the sails were made by Horizon Sails in Sandringham.

Sailing the craft is an adventure in itself. Most dories don’t have a centreboard unless one is prepared for sailing. Mine has a centreboard case, a deeper than normal centreboard incorporating a considerable amount of lead, which is needed when tacking etc.
The craft can be towed on a specially made lightweight fold-up trailer which is registered etc. for use on the road. It can be hand towed with a two-wheel attachment. I happen to live close to the beach at Mentone so a 200-meter walk to the beach is not difficult.
The craft comes with handmade oars, anchor, bailer and extra ropes.

This craft is for sale at $8,500

Contact: Ron Craig on 0419005721 or

We recently had a query from David Kinder about his fathers boat.  David tells us his father bought the 16 foot cold molded hull from a builder in Bulleen in 1961 when David was a young boy.  David’s father fitted a marinised Morris side valve engine and half cabin to take his family out fishing.  The boat was used extensively until his father passed away and has been sitting unused on a trailer in Geelong for many years. Sadly there is now rot in the foredeck and transom.  

David would like to know if there is anyone out there who would like to take on the restoration and get the boat back in the water. If there is anyone interested please contact either the WBA or David directly on 0418 176 107 or at

Built by Bundaberg local Steve Walsh, this nifty wooden craft features a very efficient v-bottom to handle rough, choppy water with ease - but in a very efficient underwater form so you can power it with minimal horsepower and fuel consumption.

Features a professionally spray-painted glass/epoxy finish, flotation foam, fishfinder, vests, a beefy little 6hp Mariner outboard AND a custom-built stay-dry trailer.

For sale at $8500.

Located in Woodgate Queensland.
Contact Kim on 0411 449 270

Launched in 1946 in the Moreton Bay area in Queensland, “Charimba” is in need of loving attention, and a good home!
Like many a mature lady, she has a number of issues, the major one being the engine. It will either need replacing or extensive overhauling.
She is currently moored in Main Beach, on the Gold Coast.
For more information, contact Steve Wood on 0431995163.

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 0419524197

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Beautifully handcrafted small wooden sailing boat. Classic design. Excellent condition. Ready to sail. Includes: boat, trailer, sail, all needed rigging, 2x oars, 2x self-inflating lifejackets, 2x flares, EPIRB, anchor+rope, travel/outdoor whole boat canvas cover and more.
Sleek and easy to handle, this 4.66M boat is great for beginners and old salts alike.
This little daggerboard boat will row and sail with ease. She's light, simple, quick and responsive whether rowed or sailed. The Skerrieskiff 15 is light enough to be dragged over wet grass and shallow enough to glide up onto the beach.
Designed by renowned boat architect Iain Oughtred in Scotland, she was professionally handcrafted in Canberra, Australia in 2014.
For sale at $4250.
Currently located in Portarlington. Contact Peter Kronborg on 0408 826 458

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

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

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 


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

Contact Brian on  0411 158 518

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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.



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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.

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