South Gippsland Yacht Club at Inverloch has an Aquanaut dinghy which is in need of restoration. The club is prepared to give it to a person interested in restoring the boat and sailing it at the Inverloch Classic Dinghy Regatta (ICWDR) once it is restored. The regatta is held in January or February each year.

The boat leaks a fair bit according the last person to sail it. Some repairs around the centreboard case is probably all that is needed to solve that problem. It also needs a complete sand and paint job.

There is a rig and sails for the boat but no cradle, trolley or trailer.

The Aquanaut design is about 11ft in length with a sloop rig and dagger type centreboard. They were reasonably popular in Melbourne in the 1970’s. A Google search might reveal more about the class history.

The boat pictured below is not the boat on offer, but a good example of how the boat could look after restoration (the photo is of Graham Cox’s Aquanaut which was rescued from a hard rubbish collection and has sailed at the ICWDR every year since).
If you are interested in taking on a project and owning an Aquanaut dinghy please contact Leigh McNolty on 0428 218 062 and he will arrange contact with the people from SGYC.


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