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.]


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

Brand new, unused standing lug yawl sails in tan colour. Made for a 14.5ft Ilur dinghy.

see an example of these types of sails on an Ilur dinghy at
Price: $2,000 plus postage.
Contact Andy Jarman on 0498 284 582.

Jeff Smith is a committee member of the Victorian Romsey Men’s Shed. Recently, via the Woodend Men’s Shed, he was gifted a 3/4 complete John Welsford Penguin. The owner builder passed away and his family have no skill or interest in finishing this yacht, so alledegly were going to burn it on a bonfire during this coming winter. He has rescued this yacht and it now resides on his tandem car trailer under a tarpaulin. He is looking for a home for this lovely piece of craftmanship, FREE to a good home, with free delivery within reason.

The following photos illustrate the level of build. It comes with a complete set of laminated plans. It has been built from 100% new timbers, and has been stored dry so there is no rot anywhere.

For more information, contact Jeff Smith on 0412629875.

Pelican was probably launched around 1966. She has not been used since last season, but she was fine when last used.

Comes with a beach trolley, sails, sheets, paddle, whisker pole.

Asking $200. That rudder blade alone is worth it! She has been a great little boat. She deserves a good home. Pelican is currently located in Ocean Grove.

Contact Mike Hardy 03 5256 2100



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 0419524197

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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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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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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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Coming WBA Events

Wed Jun 15 @ 7:15PM -
Club Night - Guest Speaker - Dugga Beazley
Sun Jun 26 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day - Albert Park Lake
Sun Jul 24 @10:00AM -
AGM and Sailing Day

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