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Updated 30 March 2024



58. s/v Beachcomber



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J Watkinson/
M Elton,
Lemon Tree Passage, c.1980
c/b up--0'-10"
c/b down--4'-0"
Displ--800 lbs approx.

Spar lengths--
Spinnaker pole--4'-7"

Sail areas--
Main--74 sq ft
Mizzen--22 sq ft
Staysail--36 sq ft
Total--132 sq ft

There is now a wide range of some fifteen 'Drascombe' boats, designed originally by former Royal Navy officer John Watkinson. They fall broadly into two classes -- pocket cruisers with cabins or cuddies and one or two berths, and open day sailers like the 'Lugger', the very first of the Drascombe range, designed in 1965. The 'Lugger' was, and remains, an immensely popular design, about 2000 of these vessels having now been built. Beachcomber is one of them.

[A later stretched version of the 'Lugger' -- the 'Longboat' -- has also been very popular. Descriptions of the Longboat, together with some backstory about the designs and their designer, can be found in advertisements Nos. 36 and 33 below.]

As with our two other listed Drascombes, Beachcomber was professionally built by Michael Elton, director of Drascombe Australia Pty Ltd.

Beachcomber is clinker-built using glued-ply strakes, the hull being also fibreglassed. Trimming timber is teak. She has a galvanised steel centreboard and a folding stainless steel rudder. In common with other Drascombes, she has an eminently practical internal outboard-engine well, allowing the engine to be operated, raised, or even maintained all from within the vessel. (This feature is well demonstrated in this photo from an earlier Drascombe listing.)

This form of construction means that the vessel can be used immediately after launching, even if having been ashore for some time.

Beachcomber is rigged as a stemhead sliding-gunter yawl, the mizzen being sheeted to a bumkin. She has a boomless mainsail and roller-furling staysail. The lack of a boom is sure to save some cracked heads in due course, as welll as making the cockpit more comfortable to use, but note that the sail itself can still be boomed out from the mast if necessary -- say when running -- with a dedicated spinnaker pole. The bumkin is easily retractable, either on land or afloat, and of course is normally fully retracted after each outing.

The boat is burdensome but well-balanced. She provides an easy and comfortable cruise with a crew of up to six, or an exhiliarating but still safe single-handed sailing experience. In a stiff breeze the mainsail can be handed altogether, when she continues to sail well under jib and mizzen alone; and she will comfortably heave to under just her mizzen.

Note that the reduced rig of jib and mizzen leaves the cockpit clear and family-friendly for pottering or fishing; and the lifting centreboard and rudder offer shallow-water sailing and also allow her to dry out altogether on the beach or in a mud berth.

Particular safety features of this vessel include positive buoyancy material placed in the three compartments for dry stowage under the fore- and after-decks, together with additional positive buoyancy under the side benches.

Both vessel and road trailer are in current registration. Beachcomber herself has received regular maintenance, as have both her outboard engine and road trailer. When not in use she has been stored under shelter and with her boat cover on. However, her owner says of her, "Overall, the hull would benefit from a professional sanding and painting," which is something her new owner might like to consider in due course. (This has been taken into account in setting the price.)

Note in passing that all the spars (and of course the oars) stow fully within the hull for trailering.

Beachcomber comes with a large amount of ancillary equipment, including --

  • Oars and rowlocks, 1 pr each
  • Anchors, 2 -- best bower (Fortress aluminium FX7 with 10' of chain and over 20 fm of rope rode), and kedge (smaller Fortress-style with 12" flukes and 10 fm rode)
  • Dock lines, 2, of about 16' each
  • Diaphragm bilge pump
  • Fenders, 2
  • Life-jackets, 2, adult size
  • 5HP long-shaft Honda outboard engine
  • Fitted boat cover
  • Dunbier road trailer

It would be very hard to find a more complete sail-away package, at a more competitive price, than this.


57. 'Badger' skiff



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I Oughtred/
J Berwick,
Melbourne, 2011
Weight--150 lbs approx.
Ruby, as her name is, is a four-oared Thames-style skiff. She is built to the late Iain Oughtred's 'Badger' design, no. 58, being a lengthened version of his popular 'Mole' skiff.

Construction is of glued-ply clinker, using gaboon (okoume) marine ply strakes, kapur stem, keel, knees, floors, and tholes, and hoop pine thwarts and trim. The rudder hardware is of course bronze.

Thames skiffs have a modest beam, high deadrise, and slack bilges which, combined with a long waterline give a hull of very low resistance. The designer said of these skiffs, "Though obviously a smooth-water boat, the very fine entry and constant flare enable her to handle a bit of wind-blown chop or the wake of a large power-boat, going a little too fast, with surprising ease. The low freeboard and long keel minimise the effect of a side-wind. With the fine lines and narrow waterline beam she moves through the water astonishingly fast, with practically no effort on the oars.... With two rowers she is a very fast boat." Also, "... these skiffs offer excellent performance, and are easily stored, transported, launched, and maintained. They are great for getting a bit of exercise, while at the same time having enough stability for a pleasant and relaxed drift down the river with a friend or two and a picnic hamper."

Ruby is fitted with two rowing stations and a traditional wicker-backed seat aft for the helmsman and another person if desired -- the vessel's capacity being from one to four adults. And there is indeed plenty of room for a picnic hamper aft of the helm....

  • Ruby's ancillary equipment comprises --
  • Oars, two pairs (Canadian spruce)
  • Tholes (two rowing stations)
  • Rudder lines
  • Painter
  • Registered road trailer

Please note the price, which the owner has deliberately kept low because she believes Ruby really needs a rub-down and some cosmetic work which she herself is not able to provide.


54. Ave sailing dinghy



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P Janstrom/
P Janstrom,
Townsville, 1988
A sailing dinghy with a difference, Ave is the first cold-moulded dinghy we have listed. She has traditional standing rigging consisting of a single shroud each side of the mast and a bobstay, but the rest of her is anything but traditional.

Her construction consists of three skins of 4" x 1/10" Queensland maple strips, laid diagonally, with all layers epoxied-together. This provides a very strong monocoque hull, and the designer has adopted a belt-and-braces approach to this by strengthening the hull still further with additional internal frames. Internal timbers consist of Queensland maple and marine ply, the latter being used for the daggerplate and rudder.

Ave is also non-traditional in her sailing rig. At first glance she looks like a traditional gaff sloop with topsail, but closer inspection shows her to be in fact sprit-rigged, the mainsail cut in such a way as to incorporate a 'topsail' in the one piece of canvas. Rigging the sail is done by the traditional means of a sprit with snotter, with the upper part of the sail taken aloft by a separate halyard.

The sail carries two rows of reef nettles for normal reefing, as shown in Ave's second picture. But the design of this sail also allows for shortening of the canvas in emergency either by slackening away the peak halyard to reduce sail area by allowing the 'topsail' to fold over; or by removing the sprit to allow the sail to spill wind; or by scandalising the sail by doing both (which of course is to hand it altogether.) Finally, as with all sprit rigs, were she to be sailed without the boom, a tricing line could be added with which to brail the entire sailing rig up to the mast.

Apart from having built-in buoyancy compartments under the sternsheets, yet another innovation consists of a series of specially-shaped covered storage boxes that fit under the thwarts. Apart from providing more than ample waterproof stowage, they also provide a short-term reserve of buoyancy in the unlikely event of a knock-down.

Finally, two examples of the attention to detail that serve as a guide to the overall thoughtfulness in this design and in its execution -- splash rails for the full length of the cockpit on each side, and cave lockers that have been provided at the ends of the thwarts.

Ancillary equipment comprises --

* Oars, one pair
* Rowlock, one pair
* Tillers, two (different lengths)
* Manual bilge pump
* Galvanised anchor
* Mooring chain, 10'
* Warp, 30'
* Road trailer (presently unregistered)

Gold Coast

53. M/V Southern Cross Stars



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H DeWall/
W L Holmes & Co,
McMahons Point, 1940
Displ-- 49.6 tons
A vessel with a difference, Southern Cross Stars won Battle Honours in New Guinea 1942-43 in Milne Bay as the survey vessel HMAS Polaris.


In the meanwhile, please view the photographs of this wonderful vessel

Western Port

49. M/v Bia 3



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M Bowdidge/
Tumblehome P/L,
Victor Harbour, 2020
Draft--1'-0" approx.
Tare weight
--2560lb (incl. engine)
Here's a real eye-opener -- a wooden fishing boat that looks nothing whatever like that description would suggest. This modern half-cabin cruiser has been designed with an enormous amount of thought as to her final purpose, and built with an equal amount of love.

Although intended primarily for fishing parties -- for which, as will be seen, she is superbly equipped -- Bia 3 is also a burdensome all-rounder, capable of ferrying as many as ten adults at a time. Fishing parties of up to six adults can be comfortably catered for, with two swivel seats at the helm and four sturdy fold-down seats in the spacious cockpit aft.

There is a double berth in the cabin, which is also fitted with saloon lighting to port and starboard, a locker on the port bulkhead, and stowage for a berth infil to starboard. There is also plenty of stowage below the berths, accessed through three separate hatch covers. The cabin can be closed off with double doors and a two-part companionway hatch. It also houses the separate forehatch; this in turn allows standing access to the foredeck for mooring without actually having to go out on deck -- a most useful safety feature in a seaway.

Following significiant testing, the builder has taken particular care, both in arranging deck and compartment drainage and in providing additional hatch covers and securing latches adjacent to the helm, to keep the cockpit as dry and comfortable as possible while fishing is under way.

Now notice the features explicity provided for Bia 3's primary purpose as a fishing vessel --

* Navigation, fish-finding and engine management all provided via a flat mounted Garmin 952 XS and a 150 Watt Garmin 'Intelliducer'
* A removable bait board on the transom
* A sink and shower aft, together with safety access to a stern swimming platform
* Two wet holding tanks, draining to the bilge
* Stowage for any number of rods (together with two emergency Canadian-style paddles) in four specially-fitted lockers under the cockpit sole

In addition to these special features, Bia 3 is equipped with --

* VHF radio
* Illuminated compass
* Hydraulic steering
* Automatic bilge pump (with manual back-up)
* Electric anchor winch
* Stowable bimini cover
* Capacious cave lockers under the side decks
* Helm and cabin lighting, navigation lights, and a removable anchor light
* Storage tanks to contain 30gall of fuel and 14gall of fresh water

She is also equipped with a 15lb stainless steel plough anchor, is powered by a 150hp Honda four-stroke outboard, and is carried on a registered aluminium 'Spitfire' double-axle road trailer.

Construction is strip-planked Australian-grown paulownia on marine ply framing. Deck and sole are oiled teak for wearing qualities and appearance, over marine ply for watertightness. The entire hull has been sealed with 450 gsm double-bias fibreglass mat set in WEST system epoxy, while the ply sub-deck is also epoxy-sealed under the teak.

Ancillary equipment comprises --

* 50 fm of anchor warp, consisting of approximately 280' of double-braid nylon and 20' of 1/4" short-link chain
* Braided nylon bow and stern warps, each about 20' long and with a soft eye at one end
* Six fenders

And now for an extra bonus -- Bia 3 is essentially a brand-new vessel. In fact, the engine has only three hours of sea-trial time on it, and as a result it carries over three years' warranty.

This wonderful vessel has all the sleek modern glossiness of any brand-name fibreglass boat. But in comparing her to a fibreglass boat, please note that --

* With her construction she is much stronger than a fibreglass vessel -- both in terms of overall seaworthiness, and also in terms of the structural strength of the hull itself (which will be nice to remember when you bottom out on a sandbar).
* She will require no more maintenance than a fibreglass boat. Any boat needs maintenance to keep her in good condition, and Bia 3 is no exception. But nor is any boat built from fibreglass. There is an unfortunate belief in the minds of very many people that a fibreglass boat is somehow 'maintenance-free' -- that you put it in the water at the start of the season, pull it out at the end, perhaps hose it out, and then just leave it on its trailer for the rest of the year. But consider this -- fibreglass has been in use for boatbuilding for over 70 years, but have you ever heard of a fibreglass boat that's even 50 years old? On the other hand, there are plenty of wooden boats that have been afloat and in use for well over a century.
* And when a fibreglass boat reaches the end of its life it just becomes so much unbiodegradable plastic, of no use for anything and requiring to be broken up for landfill. A wooden boat at the end of her life simply returns quietly to nature.

Bia 3 is a fishing enthusiast's dream-boat -- cleverly designed by a naval architect, lovingly built by a master boatwright, and fitted with every conceivable comfort for a party of fisher-people. This really is a 'turn-key' job -- there is absolutely nothing for her new owner to do except add fuel and go fishing.


Vessels listed below this line have been sold or withdrawn from sale.
For various reasons boats that have been withdrawn might again become available,
and it could still be worthwhile asking about them.

56. 'Ptarmigan' dinghy



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I Oughtred/
M Singleton,
Hobart, 2006
Weight--140 lbs approx.

Spar lengths--

Sail area--
72 sq ft approx.

This lovely plumb-stemmed dinghy is to the late Iain Oughtred's 'Ptarmigan' design, no. 54. (This design was later renamed 'Guillemot' by the designer.) Note that the name of this particular vessel is actually Shearwater which could possibly lead to some confusion, as many of Iain's designs were called after birds, and the 'Shearwater' (design no. 47) is among them. Be assured though that this Shearwater is actually built to the Ptarmigan/Guillemot design, not design no. 47.

Like many of Iain's designs, Shearwater's construction is of glued-ply clinker -- which the designer deservedly made very popular, and which combines much of the appearance of a traditional clinker dinghy with the advantages of light weight, watertightness, and an easily-cleaned interior. (As with all hulls of this type, Shearwater can be sailed away immediately on launching, even if she hasn't been in the water for some time.) Her spars are of oregon (Douglas fir), but her construction also shows off many traditional Tasmanian boatbuilding timbers -- huon pine for sheerstrakes, transom, knees, and breasthook, King Billy pine for thwarts and sternsheet, and celery-top pine in her gunwales and deadwood. The hull is finished in gloss enamel inside and out except for the sheerstrakes and transom which are oiled -- as indeed is all the internal brightwork.

The designer said of the 'Ptarmigan' dinghy that she was a "stable and very capable boat along the lines of a 19th Century ship's boat.... She floats on her designed waterline with three adults aboard and can take a great load of gear as well; she'll carry five people for a moderate distance in suitable conditions. Two plus two children might be a comfortable maximum for pottering about.... she is finely modelled and performs very well indeed for a boat of this type, whether rowed or under sail. She can happily take a light outboard as well."

Shearwater is rigged as a folding gunter stemhead sloop. This rig is not only entirely traditional for this type of vessel, but it also approaches the modern bermudan rig for upwind efficiency, while carrying a far shorter mast (requiring only a single shroud each side and no backstays).

As can be seen from the photos, two rowing positions have been provided to allow for a ready balancing of weight as necessary, and she is also fitted with a folding rudder to obviate the need for unshipping it in shoal water or when beaching.

Attention to detail is evidenced in the ship's-boat rope fenders on the gunwales; the fact that all knees and the breasthook are grown, not sawn; and in the provision of beeblocks to lead the jibsheets through, so that the headsail can be properly managed even when Shearwater is being sailed single-handed. And in line with modern thoughts on safety, this dinghy is also fitted with sealed flotation compartments forward and aft.

Apart from being a real head-turner, Shearwater will make an excellent day-sailer for a family of four (plus dog); or she could be used as a burdensome tender for a larger cruising vessel.

Ancillary equipment comprises --

* Oars, one pair
* Rowlock, one pair
* Bailer
* Folding grapnel
* 3 no. PFDs
* Boat cover
* Road trailer (registered)

Western Port

55. Joe's Folly dinghy



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J White/
J O'Neil, Brisbane.
Restored B Keir, Upper Crystal Creek, 2017
Displ--150 lbs approx.
This delightful rowing dinghy comes with excellent design credentials. She is based on Joel Whte's 'Catspaw' design, which was itself based on Nathanael Herreshoff's design for the Columbia dinghy. This is an excellent, burdensome boat which can be used for comfortable pleasure rowing for a family of four (and dog), or used, as Herreshoff's design originally was, as the tender for a larger vessel.

While White's design dates from 1978, the original launch date for this particular vesel is unknown, but thought to be around 2000. However, a full restoration was udertaken in 2017 by Bruce Keir on behalf of the Tweed Classic Boat Regatta Committee.

Construction is carvel, and consists of western red cedar strakes screw-fastened into stem-bent hardwood frames. The bottom has been dynel-sheathed (and painted) below the waterline, which should not only reduce maintenance but mean she can be rowed away immediately after launching.

Restoration included replacement of non-stainless screws with stainless ones, cutting of limber holes through all frames, and installation of drain plugs in the transom each side of the hog to allow ready drainage of bilgewater once she has been recovered from the water. (A really enthusiastic new owner might consider running loose lengths of lightweight chain through both sets of limber holes, to be moved an inch or two each way occasionally to keep the holes clear.) The hull has been finished bright above the waterline -- as have the oars and burden boards -- while the interior has wisely been painted.

Quality deck fittings have been used in the restoration, including a cross-bollard and handed fairleads on the foredeck and Herreshoff mooring cleats on each quarter.

Ancillary equipment comprises --

* Oars
* Ring rowlocks
* Galvanised anchor
* Fenders, one pair
* Outboard motor (Mercury 3.5HP 4-stroke)
* Trailer (registered)


52. Foster 10 dinghy



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W Foster/
Shipwrights Point School, 1997
Draft--0'-8" d/p up, 2'-0" d/p down

Spar lengths--

The 'Foster 10' is a popular small dinghy, designed in 1984 to fill some specific requirements for a small family boat -- she had to be able to row well, be sailed by one person, be burdensome enough to carry a load of four adults, and to be light enough to be carried by two people. Although originally intended just for designer Bill Foster's family's use, the dinghy proved to be so popular that the Foster 10 has become an established sailing class in Tasmania. (The backstory is here.)

This particular vessel was built at the well-known Shipwrights Point School of Wooden Boat Building, and despite being now 25 years old the owner says that she is virtually like new, "with only a small scuff mark on port midships". In point of fact she's received very little use in her lifetime.

This dinghy is a lovely small craft in her own right, but her built heritage makes her a potential family heirloom. Her hull is made entirely from Tasmanian timbers -- huon pine strakes on celery-top frames, with huon pine hog, keel, transom, breasthook, knees, and burdenboards, the remaining timbers being either king billy or celery-top pines. All knees are grown crooks, and she is of course copper-riveted.

All construction details are testified to in a marine surveyor's certificate, which is pictured and is included with the boat.

The sail overall is in good condition, but carries some slight insect damage. All spars are as new and are of oregon (the only non-native-Tasmanian timber used anywhere) -- as are the oars, which have cedar inserts and are leathered. Spars, rudder, and dagger-plate all have purpose-built carry bags, and the boat herself has a canvas cover. (Note that the spars all fit inside the hull for transporting.)

At ten feet long, with two rowing stations, and una-rigged with a gunter lug sail, this little craft would be ideal either as a tender to a larger cruising boat or as a safe and stable sail-training vessel for littlies.

This beautiful dinghy comes complete with bronze rowlocks, bronze rudder fittings, and buoyancy bags, but also with both a galvanised beach launching trolley and a registered road trailer. Note that these latter two are designed to be used together, the launching trolley with dinghy being winched straight onto the trailer for transporting.

As the marine surveyor states, this delightful vessel has indeed been built and finished off "to the best boat building standards."

She is a classic traditional sailing dinghy, not only destined to repay her new owner's investment several-fold by providing many decades of pleasurable enjoyment, but perhaps indeed by also becoming a family heirloom to be passed down to future generations.

Sunshine Coast

51. Netting Boat



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J Pompei/
Pompei Boatbuilders,
Mordialloc, c 1955
Beam--5'-3" approx.
Draft--1'-0" approx.
The name 'Pompei' is associated indelibly with Melbourne's boating scene. The firm has been building wooden boats, mostly from their base at Mordialloc Creek on Port Phillip, for nearly a hundred years. Pompei boats range in size from perhaps 6' to over 60', and in type from rowing dinghies to fishing trawlers to pleasure cruisers. They are to be found all over Australia, in New Zealand, and scattered around the Pacific. And, like the netting boat we have listed here, Pompei boats of whatever size or type all have one thing in common -- they're tough. Pompei boats were built to take it.

Background articles on both the builder Jack Pompei and Pompei's Mordialloc Boat Building Works appear here and here.

As evidence of Pompei's boats' toughness, we can say of this netter -- note the use of iron standing knees on her rowing thwart, the size of the rubbing strakes, and the so-often-omitted samson post forward.

This vessel was built by Jack Pompei for his fisherman brother John, and the present owner purchased her on John's retirement. At that time she was retrofitted by Pompei's with a foredeck and mast carrying a lug rig. The owner is quite happy with her sailing performance, but agrees that she could perhaps point a little higher upwind were she fitted with a centreboard. The lack of a centreboard however does not detract unduly from sailing peformance but does mean that she is particularly roomy inside -- in fact, ideally suited either to her original function of netting or (probably more likely nowadays) of fishing.

She is provided with an outboard motor in addition to her sailing rig, but is also light enough to be rowed. And her foredeck provides dry stowage forward.

This vessel has normally lived on a mooring on Western Port, but she can of course be carried on a road trailer. The trailer shown -- a Quintrex -- is included in the purchase. But should the purchaser wish to keep the vessel on her present mooring, the mooring itself can also be made available for a further $2000.

Ancillary equipment for this vessel includes --

* Oars and rowlocks, 1 pair each
* Tillers, two (different lengths)
* Sailing rig (complete)
* Mercury 8 hp 2014 outboard (recently serviced)
* Automatic/manual bilge pump (recently serviced
* 12v battery (new)
* Solar panel
* Flares (new)
* Fire extinguisher
* Road trailer

STOP PRESS: This vessel's owner will shortly be leaving the properrty where the netter is stored when on land. As he does not wish to make arrangements for storing her at his new address, he has very significantly reduced the asking price of this vessel (by over 40% in fact) to ensure a quick sale. In our view it will probably be nearly impossible to ever again buy such a package at such a low price.

Western Port

50. Little Peg



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Unkown, 1952, Pittwater NSW LOA--13'-9"
Draft--6" approx.
A wonderful piece of wooden-boat history, the clinker dinghy Little Peg has served a succession of owners on Pittwater for 70 years.

Little Peg is a remarkably capacious vessel, designed to be rowed or powered. Her present owner bought her for he and his young son to use, and as they have now outgrown the boat he is looking to find her next custodian.

For propulsion, Little Peg comes complete with a pair of oregon spoon oars and the rowlocks in which to mount them, together with an 8hp Mercury outboard motor (naturally, with fuel tank and line). Two rowing stations are provided, one midships and one forward. As with any dinghy not designed to be sailed, there is no rudder (although no doubt one could be provided if desired), as she is steered either with the oars when rowed or using the outboard's built-in tiller. When under power the oars can be stowed at the turn of the bilge on each side below the risings.

Construction is of copper-rivetted red cedar strakes on hardwood frames and deadwood. The exterior was dynel-sheathed by the preceding owner; and while this sort of treatment is sometimes considered contentious, for an open boat it can give additional strength to the hull while allowing the vessel to be sailed immediately after launching -- a great advantage for a trailable boat normally kept at home.

Ancillary equipment includes --

* Fully-fitted 'North' boat cover
* Folding grapnel
* 12 fm mooring warp (comprising 11 fm of 3/8" dia line plus an additional fathom of chain at the anchor)
* Two life-jackets
* Registered 'Boeing' road trailer

There is a towing eye half-way down the stem so Little Peg can be towed by another vessel if necessary, and a separate eye in the same location inside the vessel for the attachment of a mooring warp.

It may also be worth noting that the long run of single-level burden boards might well allow two people to sleep aboard if desired, one each side of the hog.

Altogether, Little Peg is a most attractive and versatile day-boat, with a history intricately entwined with that of Pittwater itself.


48. s/v Gertrude I



D Harvey
Draft, c/b down--3'-0" approx.

Sails --
Gunter lug main, roller-furling forestaysail, bermudan mizzen

Standing rigging--
3mm stainless steel forestay, bobstay, and single port and starboard main shrouds

The Swampscott dory is one of the well-known original Massachusetts fishing dories, designed to be stable, capacious, and able to be launched direct from the beach. Gertude I is to the Selway-Fisher 'Petite Brise' design, which in turn is based on the Swampscott dory, while having a rounded hull and shorter overhangs than the original Swampscotts. She nevertheless has the flat bottom and traditional work-boat lines of the banks dories, and together they make her a useful, attractive, and stable recreational vessel.

Gertude I is rigged as a gunter ketch, the mainsail being loose-footed (and with two rows of reef points), and the mizzen having a sprit boom.

This vessel was always sailed rather than rowed, and accordingly there are presently no rowing stations set up. A logical place to establish one, if desired, would be centred on the centreboard case, just aft of the slot. In lieu of oars however, the vessel is equipped with two Canadian style paddles for emergency use.

As with many other smaller vessels built in recent years, Gertude I's construction is of glued-ply strakes -- although in her case emulating carvel rather than clinker construction. This combines the appearance of a traditional hull with the advantages of lighter weight, permanent watertightness, and an easily-cleaned interior. Vessels constructed this way can be sailed immediately after launching, even if not having been in the water for several months.

All planking is marine-grade ply (as is the centreboard), while forestay, bobstay, and shrouds are of stainless steel. Note that bumkin and bowsprit are removable, and that all spars fit inside the hull for towing.

The hull is readily powered by a 3.5 or 4HP long-shaft outboard motor, mountable in an internal well on the port quarter. (Note however that an outboard is not included in the sale.)

The owner reports that Gertrude I is very easy to sail, tacking and jibing readily, and carrying slight weather helm. Being beamy and flat-bottomed, this is a very stable craft, but in heavy weather the mainsail can be reefed and if necessary handed altogether, which, as the designers state, make her "easy to sail under mizzen and jib alone in heavy weather".

While not specifically designed as a camping cruiser, Gertrude I should be readily adaptable to that purpose; and with her flat bottom and shallow draft she is obviously eminently suited to gunkholing.

Her construction includes plenty of built-in buoyancy under the thwarts, as well as dry storage in lockers fore and aft. The attention to detail in her construction is evidenced in, for instance, the laid decks, cambered locker covers, and turned belaying pins.

She is capable of readily carrying four people under sail, and more if used solely under power.

With her varnished spars and bright interior she should attract envious glances at the boat ramp. More importantly, she will provide great sailing for a single-hander while providing a safe, comfortable sailing experience on the water for an entire family.

Gertrude I's list of ancillary equipment includes --

* Registered road trailer
* Danforth-style anchor, with chain rode and approx. 16 fathom of mooring warp
* 1 pair of Canadian-type paddles


47. s/v Que Sera



I Oughtred /
P Whitaker
Melbourne, 2016

Hull weight--170 lb approx.

Sails --
Mainsail--65 sq ft
Foresail--19 sq ft

Spar lengths--

Que Sera is built to Iain Oughtred's 'Tammie Norrie' design. Rigged as a gaff stemhead sloop, she has traditional work-boat lines that make her a useful and attractive recreational vessel.

The designer says of 'Tammie Norrie' that her proportions ensure "a good rowing performance, with one or two pairs of oars. A stable boat for her size, she normally carries 2, 3, or 4 people, but can take up to 6 in favourable conditions. Under sail, four is about a comfortable maximum. While not dramatically fast under sail or oars, the boat does perform very well for a comfortable, stable, load-carrying hull." *

As with many Oughtred-designed vessels, her construction is of glued-ply clinker. This combines the appearance of a traditional clinker dinghy with the advantages of lighter weight, permanent watertightness, and an easily-cleaned interior. Que Sera can be sailed away immediately after launching, even if she hasn't been in the water for many months. Hull construction is of hoop pine ply strakes on hoop pine timbers. Deck fittings are American white oak, while the spars are oregon. (Note that all spars fit inside the hull for towing.) Forestay and shrouds are of stainless steel. The only divergence from the plans in her construction is in the rudder, which has been made to fold for added versatility in shoal waters.

With her varnished spars, bright interior, and classic appearance, Que Sera will certainly attract envious looks at the boat ramp. More importantly, she will furnish great sailing for a single-hander while providing a safe, comfortable sailing experience on the water for an entire family.

But there's more.... Not only is Que Sera a lovely day-boat in her own right, she is also fully fitted-out for camping. First, a fully-rigged spray cover for the foredeck keeps camping equipment dry while under way. Then when moored for the night, a topping lift holds the boom at the correct height to support a full-length boom tent, with entire hull cover being completed by an overlapping foredeck tent laced to the shrouds. Flaps at the after end of the boom tent may be triced up or left open depending on the weather. Full seals of both parts of the tent at gunwale level are made by lashings to concealed outboard fastenings (not to the inwales), meaning that any rain falling on the tent is shed overboard and does not flow into the bilge.

Carried at the turn of the bilges amidships when under way are berth boards which can be installed at thwart level to provide a full-length double berth that extends from the sternsheets forward of the centre thwart. Apart from providing a more comfortable place for adults to sleep than the bottom boards, the berth allows both for easy egress aft and for access to camping equipment forward.

Que Sera's extensive list of ancillary equipment includes --

* 1 pair of hoop pine oars
* 2 pairs of open bronze rowlocks
* Danforth-style anchor
* Folding grapnel
* 2+ fathoms chain rode
* 30+ fathoms mooring warp
* 2 x 2-gallon and 2 x 4-gallon watertight storage/buoyancy bags
* Foredeck spray cover
* Boom and foredeck tents
* 1.5 hp 4-stroke outboard motor
* 6 rope fenders
* Chart board
* 4 life jackets
* 12v bilge pump
* Road trailer

This delightful camping dinghy and her fittings have been built with forethought and loving attention to detail, as even a cursory study of her photographs shows.

* A 'Tammie Norrie' dinghy like this was used as a tender to the classic 1937 Sparkman & Stephens 53' inboard yawl, Skylark. When Skylark was for sale, her owner Tara Getty (grandson of J Paul Getty) decided to keep the tender. "I absolutely love that boat," Getty said. "It'll take four of us fishing all day long." (


46. s/v Salty Dog



I Oughtred /
R O'Donnell
Caloundra, 1999

Hull weight--approx. 140 lb empty, 200 lb rigged

Sails --
Mainsail--68 sq ft
Foresail--24 sq ft

Spar lengths--

Salty Dog is built to Iain Oughtred's 'Shearwater' dinghy design. She is lug-rigged as a sliding gunter sloop.

The designer says that the 'Shearwater' design produces --
"a conventional sailing dinghy of the more modern type, with a generous sloop rig, a broader transom and a flatter run aft, with fairly firm bilges, so that she will have a higher potential speed and a more exciting sailing performance. The hull shape is also ideal for use with an outboard motor... she will be a good stable boat for general family use, and fishing etc. [She] handles very well under sail; she is well balanced and responsive, and is able to work her way through a bit of choppy water in a capable manner. She can be sailed single-handed in a moderate breeze without undue acrobatics; the ideal crew is two, but she'll take a third when necessary. Two adults and two kids is about the limit for sailing, although for fishing etc one extra can be fitted in."

Her construction is of glued-ply clinker which the designer has deservedly made very popular, and which combines the appearance of a traditional clinker dinghy with the advantages of light weight, watertightness, and an easily-cleaned interior. As with all hulls with this type of construction, Salty Dog can be sailed away immediately after launching, even if she hasn't been in the water for many months.

Salty Dog's timbers are solid pacific maple with strakes from pacific maple ply, epoxy-fastened. As her pictures show, she has been made with loving attention to detail. (Examples are in the handmade wooden cleats, belaying pins, and blocks, along with the pair of athwartships beams thoughtfully provided for transporting the spars.)

Her ancillary equipment includes --

* One pair of oars, length 8'-4"
* Open bronze rowlocks to suit
* Danforth-style anchor
* Chain rode
* Mooring warp
* Sails and sail bag
* Registered, fully-adjustable Redco road trailer

With her varnished spars, bright interior, and classic looks, Salty Dog will attract many envious looks at the launching ramp. But more importantly, she will furnish great sailing to a single-hander while providing a safe, comfortable sailing experience on the water for a young family.


45. 'Whisp' Skiff



S Redmond /
Comboyne Mountain Watercraft,
Taree, 1993
Draft--2" approx.
Hull weight--95 lb approx.
This dinghy is a good example of Steve Redmond's 'Whisp' design. She is a fine-lined ultralight sharpie skiff. Her designer's key criteron was to produce a stable vessel that could be rowed, sailed, or powered, performing the functions of four boat types -- a canoe, a fishing boat, a rowing boat, and a sailing boat. While this particular vessel has not been set up for sailing, she can perform all the other functions with ease.

She was built for her present owner's family with rowing as her raison d'être, and at this she excels. Her fine entry allows her to slip along easily under oars, while her flat bottom means she is both stable and burdensome. There is some rocker in the bottom planking which makes her readily manouverable under oars, while a skeg at the stern keeps her tracking properly. If fitted with an electric trolling motor as recommended by the designer, or perhaps a low-powered petrol motor (neither is provided), she can slip along comfortably with no fuss whatever -- although of course her flat bottom disqualifies her from use in open water if winds are producing rough seas.

Construction is of glued hoop-pine marine ply clinker strakes over poplar framing, with side planking of 3/16" thickness and bottom planking 1/4". The transom is NZ kauri, the thwarts American ash with wicker inserts, the gunwales oregon (Douglas fir), and the oars radiata pine.

There is unfortunately some damage to the wicker insert of the after thwart, as shown in the photographs. There are also a few spots of minor scuffing on the bottom, one example of which is shown. However, the entire hull has no structural damage -- and indeed detail photographs show that this boat has been well-designed, well-built, and well looked-after all her life. She is only now for sale because her original owner passed away recently.

Along with the vessel herself, included in the sale are --

* 4 oars, with leathers
* 4 ring rowlocks, 2 chocked
* 2 open rowlocks
* 1 life-jacket
* and there is even some touch-up paint for the scuffing on the bottom

Note that with this vessel's light weight there is need for neither a road trailer nor for the use of a launching ramp. You simply transport her on the roof of a car to where you want to go, carry her by hand from the car to the water's edge, and then launch her, all exactly as though she were a kayak. And because of her light weight she can be easily and safely stored out of the way, suspended from the rafters in a carport or garage.


44. s/v Mooltan



I Oughtred
G Sutherland Leongatha, 2013
0'-8" c/b up
3'-0" c/b lowered.

Hull weight--390 lb rigged, approx.

Sail areas (approx)--
Main -- 130 sq ft
Mizzen -- 30 sq ft

Spar lengths--
Mainmast -- 19'-6"
Mizzen mast -- 12'-6"
Main yard -- 11'-9"
Main boom -- 11'-0"
Mizzen boom -- 6'-0"
Bumkin -- 6'-3"

Mooltan is a fine example of Iain Oughtred's 'Fulmar' day-sailer design. She is rigged as a balanced-lug ketch with a sprit-boomed mizzen. The mizzen is small and stepped right aft, so that Mooltan could be mistaken for a yawl at a distance. While the mainsail provides most of the drive, the mizzen both provides balance and acts as a very useful manouvering sail in tight places (as, for example, around a boat ramp). This vessel makes a fine, capacious launch when powered only by her outboard motor. Note that as a sailing dinghy she was not designed with rowing capability as a priority, and is not set up for that purpose. She is however provided with regulation paddles in the unlikely event that both sailing rig and outboard become inoperable simultaneously.

The designer says of her --
"She is a big boat, as dinghies go; she will happily carry five or six people under sail...The hull form is reasonably full-ended, with plenty of flare; the run is fairly flat and the transom relatively wide, to give her a good performance in planing or semi-displacement sailing, without being too broad and flat aft...."

Construction is of glued-ply clinker (for which the designer is well-known), which combines the clinker appearance of a traditional dinghy with the advantages of light weight and watertightness -- one does not have to wait half a day after launching for the strakes to swell to become watertight before sailing away. Timbers are gaboon ply and hoop pine, epoxy-fastened, with a transom of New Guinea rosewood.

The mainmast has special above- and below-deck support channels which make it easy to slide the foot of the mast down into its step on the keel, where a through-bolt locks it into position. The mizzen mast, being lighter and with a shorter bury, is also easily stepped. Both masts are unstayed. All this makes for quick and simple rigging of the vessel from a standing start at the boat ramp.

Sheets, halyards, tackline, and centreboard control line are all located within reach of the helm, and the tiller is provided with an extension, which together mean that Mooltan can be readily sailed single-handed. A nice touch is the removable custom-made cushions for the thwarts (especially useful if loafing about fishing).

Note that the centreboard is of marine ply, and instead of having lead or other weight added to allow it to be lowered, a line arrangement is used to both lower and raise it. This makes the c/b very easy to operate, as it is virtually weightless in the water.

A removable anchor locker is fitted under the foredeck and a large storage locker in the sternsheets. High-density foam buoyancy has been provided under the foredeck and inside the aft locker. An electric bilge pump is also provided, the battery for which is contained in a storage box provided for it in the after locker.

Finally, a bow eye is provided halfway down the stem, which is thus properly placed to tow from if necessary.

Ancillary equipment includes --

* Registered road trailer
* Outboard motor (2hp 4-stroke Honda)
* Electric bilge pump
* Danforth-style anchor
* Chain rode
* Nylon mooring warp
* Two 4' aluminium-shaft canoe paddles
* PFDs -- 2 adult, 1 child
* Sail bag
* Complete set of design drawings

Mooltan is a genuinely beautiful sailing vessel that rightly won the People's Choice Award at the Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta. She is a credit to both her designer and her builder.

Gippsland Coast

43. Sea Kayak



N Schade /
P Debnam
Newcastle, 2016
Draft--3" or 11" approx.
Hull weight--60 lb approx.
This sea kayak is the second made by this builder to the design of Nick Schade's 'Night Heron'. (This is the "high deck" version of the design, which allows the paddler a little more room under the foredeck.)

This vessel is of hybrid construction -- that is, the hull is of marine ply, while the deck is strip-built in cedar and balsa. This combination makes for both a rugged, lightweight, and beautiful design.

The lines of this kayak are somewhat after those of the vessels used by the Inuit people of Greenland and Northern America, which have a raised bow and stern to provide trapped-air buoyancy in rough seas. Unlike those traditional kayaks though, both ends of this vessel are in fact airtight, the spaces under both the afterdeck and the forward end of the foredeck being completely sealed. An access hatch to storage under the afterdeck is provided behind the paddler's seat. The kayak is also provided with lifting/carrying handles at bow and stern.

This is a very stable boat that tracks well and can be pushed quickly through the water, while still being readily manouverable owing to having some slight rocker in the keel. To assist further with steering in rough seas, the builder has also provided a pedal-operated rudder. The rudder provides some minor lateral stability as well as steering assistance, adding a further 8" to the draft. Note that the entire steering sytem -- rudder, stock, yoke, tiller lines, and pedals -- can be removed if desired, leaving the streamlining of the underbody unmarred, and with only the stainless steel rudder trunk left in situ through the hull.

Ancillary equipment includes a feathered carbon fibre wing paddle (in carry-bag), a spray apron, and closed-cell foam seat cushions.

This boat has only been in the water four of five times, and is in as-new condition.

Central Coast

42. 'Mole' skiff



I Oughtred /
M Thompson
Adelaide, 1998
Draft--0'-6" approx.
Hull weight--115 lb
The 'Mole' design was named after that friendly creature in Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind In The Willows', who found such delight in discovering the joys of messing about in boats. With plans by the well-known Australian-born designer Iain Oughtred, the 'Mole's' design is based on that of a typical Thames skiff. But her size was especially chosen to be a few feet shorter than the traditional 20'-24' skiff to allow her to be both easily handled by one person while quite capable of carrying three, and also to allow of car-topping if necessary. Construction is glued clinker ply, for which Oughtred's designs are famous.

The designer says of 'Mole', "Though obviously a smooth-water boat, the very fine entry and constant flare enable her to handle a bit of wind-blown chop or the wake of a large power boat, going a little too fast, with surprising ease. The low freeboard and long keel minimise the effect of a side-wind. With the fine lines and narrow waterline beam she moves through the water astonishingly fast, with practically no effort on the oars."

This vessel is fitted with a rudder managed using yoke lines by a helmsman seated on the after thwart; but the rudder can be entirely removed (or perhaps the yoke lines cleated off) if the oarsman is the sole occupant. An ornate and comfortable backrest with a unique Wedgwood 'Medusa' design is provided for use by the helmsman and goes beautifully with the carved transom; this backrest can also be readily removed if desired.

Although in excellent condition when purchased by her present owner (see the last picture on her photo page), she has nevertheless been given a new full surface treatment inside and out by Sydney Harbour Boat Builders, and now looks as though she's about to be launched for the first time.

This lovely vessel comes complete with jackstaff, spoon oars, fully-fitted cover, registered road trailer, painter, and two life-jackets.

Finally, also provided in the sale are the following relevant owner's publications --

* Clinker Plywood Building Manual, Iain Oughtred
* Glued Lap Construction, Walter Simmons
* Lines Lofting and Half Models, Walter Simmons
* Wherries, Walter Simmons
* Finishing, Walter Simmons

A beautiful vessel capable of winning a maritime Concours d'Elegance, this 'Mole' is also a delight to row. And she is in addition the perfect vessel for a leisurely picnic for two, on the river, under the willows. All you will need is the wicker luncheon-basket....

Blue Mountains

41. Two Kayaks



A Hopkins
Hull weight--50 lb approx.
These are two almost-identical historic kayaks. Note that while both vessels are offered here as one lot at the price shown, the owner would consider selling them individually if requested.

These vessels are single-seater cruising kayaks built to the same design, namely the AH11 Skua, and have a Canoe Federation classification of SK1 or TK1. Apart from individual wear patterns the two vessels are essentially identical, the main difference being the omission of a cockpit coaming in one of the boats for ease of portage.

Both kayaks were built to the same construction standards, using the same construction methods. The hulls and the cockpit side-decks are constructed of 3/16" marine ply on 1/2" ply frames. Stringers, hogs, keels, and deck beams are from close-grained oregon. The fore-decks and after-decks are of 10oz. canvas. The cockpits are fitted with marine ply burden boards. Both kayaks come with feathered double paddles, which are also complete with drip rings.

These vessels have been well-used and bear some battle-scars accordingly. However, repairs have been carefully undertaken as required (witness the dutchman in one of the photos), and fibreglass tape has been added to the chines on one vessel to provide additional hull protection.

While both vessels are ready for immediate launching, some preparation in the form of sanding, varnishing, and painting would of course have them looking their best.

These are vintage vessels. They have proved themselves to be tough and serviceable for nearly half a century, and there is every reason to believe that with proper care they can go on doing so for many more years to come.

Finally, please note that the owner is providing one laminated and one plain copy of the working drawing as part of the sale. This will enable the new purchaser to readily provide a coaming for the second vessel if desired.

The owner has just drastically reduced the price of these two vessels in order to move them quickly. This figure is now the genuine sale price for both kayaks together.

Mt Pleasant

40. Ocean Light



L Jefcoate /
L Jefcoate
Havelock, NZ,
c 1980
Hull weight--250 lb approx.
A dinghy with a history, Ocean Light gets her name from the movie in which she featured. She was professionally built by Lionel Jefcoate in New Zealand in about 1980. Having been 'distressed' for her part in the film (see the picture on her photo page), she has now been properly restored.

Here is what her owner says about her -- "I personally convinced Lionel to sell it to a film production "The Light Between Oceans" which we filmed in NZ and Tasmania ... in 2014. The boat was [cosmetically] 'dressed down' to suit the style of movie and can be seen as such when the abandoned baby washes ashore in her ... I purchased the boat from the production company and finally got time this year to bring it back to what she originally was, which is what I feel I owed Lionel. I now think this boat should go to someone who appreciates the work gone into her and will save her for many years to come." The owner is clearly a person of integrity where wooden boats are concerned, and the standard of the restoration work bears further witness to that.

Construction is traditional clinker, all the strakes being copper-riveted to each other and to frames, with the timbers being well-soaked with oil beforehand to saturate and swell the fibres. Some details of the timbers used are no longer known, but the thwarts and other interior components are elm and the oars are rewarewa. The strakes are believed to be kauri. All the bronzeware was cast by the builder.

Restoration work has included recent repainting inside and out with 'Bote Cote' paint system and all brightwork with Norglass polygloss clear finish.

Note that the position of the painter's bow eye could quite easily be reversed through the stem, turning it into a reasonably-placed towing eye. Note also the existence of the sculling notch, useful for people who know how to propel a dinghy using a single oar over the stern.

While there is no trailer included with the sale, Ocean Light of course comes complete with her oars and rowlocks. But the owner says he may possibly be able to help with transporting Ocean Light to her new home should the buyer not have a trailer immediately available. In addition, he is providing paint and varnish for touch-up if required.

And finally, along with the sale the owner is also giving away a signed copy of '57 Boats Later...', the autobiography of Ocean Light's designer and builder Lionel Jefcoate.


39. 'Sea Urchin' dinghy



S Watts /
Southport, 2013
Hull weight--200 lb approx.
Only a few years old, this lovely dinghy is a beautiful example of the Nova Scotian designer Simon Watts' 'Sea Urchin' tender -- a very pretty rowing dinghy and potentially an excellent tender for a larger cruising vessel. Quite justifiably, this boat was First Prize winner at the Ballina Wooden Boat Show in 2015.

This 'Sea Urchin' was built by a professional boatbulder for his own use, using only the best materials and construction techniques. Her planking is ¼" hoop pine over steam-bent spotted gum frames. The keel, hog, and laminated stem are all of hoop pine. The thwarts and sternsheets are select Burma teak, as are the inwales and burden boards. The quarter knees, breasthook, and standing knees are of laminated teak. The risers are of fiddleback mountain ash and the transom is Australian cedar. Also -- a mark of a professional build -- rubbing strakes have been fitted both above and below the sheer strake.

She was built using a true 'belt-and-braces' technique, being of traditional copper-riveted clinker construction but with all the laps glued with WEST system epoxy as well. On top of this, all strakes were sealed with two coats of epoxy prior to painting / varnishing. This means that the new owner can enjoy all the strength advantages of having a proper clinker vessel, while also resting in the knowledge that this vessel can be removed from the water and stored under cover indefinitely without any risk of the timbers' drying out -- and hence without the consequent period of waiting for her to take up again on relaunch. This truly is the best of construction techniques for a transportable vessel.

The 'Sea Urchin' is easy and pleasurable to row. She is capacious, being able to carry three adults in relatively calm water. And being as burdensome as she is she is also able to make an excellent tender for a larger cruising vessel -- capable of comfortably ferrying off two owners, enough food for a week's cruising, and possibly the family dog as well. Even the bow eye has been positioned with a view to towing this dinghy.

This 'Sea Urchin' comes complete with oars and rowlocks, a full boat cover, and a solid storage cradle. No trailer is provided, the present owner simply transporting her in the tray of his utility. But in the absence of a trailer or a similar vehicle, assistance may be available with getting her to her new home.

All in all, this is a most lovely-looking, practical, vessel which will need only the barest minimum of maintenance and which can provide many years of enjoyment to her new owner.


38. s/v Glissando


M Newland /
Denman Marine, Kettering, 2014
Draft, c/b up--0'-9"
Draft, c/b down--4'-8"
Displ, unballasted--805 lb
Displ, full water ballast--1466 lb

Fully battened mainsail
Self-tacking forestaysail
giving a total area of 183 sq ft

Just over three years old, Glissando is a beautiful example of the Swallow Yachts 'BayRaider20' design -- a three-quarter-decked, weatherly, comfortable, and almost unsinkable dayboat and camping cruiser. This is the day-boat for the 21st Century.

Glissando is built using the glued-ply technique. Structural timbers in the hull are celery-top pine, with planking from gaboon / okume marine ply, and using
WEST system epoxy and fillers. The rubbing strake is celery-top pine, the bench slats are huon pine, and the outboard well pad is teak. The sails are tan-bark coloured and made by Storm Bay Sails, who also made the sail / spar storage bag and custom fitted cover. Main, mizzen, and jib booms are from hoop pine, while both masts are carbon-fibre. The shrouds are made from the strongest strength-for-weight material, UHMWPE (Dyneema brand). Putting it briefly, this vessel was not only built by one of our most-respected Australian boat-builders, she is also made from the best of materials.

The BayRaider is rigged as a sprit-boomed bermudan ketch. The mizzen, though approaching yawl-size, balances the self-tacking foresail so well that she can be sailed effectively with the mainsail handed. In addition, she can carry an asymmetric spinnaker (not provided) if desired, although a sprit would need to be added. The foresail is fitted with roller furling. All running rigging is led back to the helmsman's position, making the vessel easily handed by one person. The mainmast is mounted in a tabernacle and can be lowered by simply handing the boom and rolling up the sail, leaving the shrouds attached. All spars but the mainmast can be stowed inside the vessel for towing or storage, the mainmast extending only about four feet past the hull. In addition, she can be powered by an outboard motor fitting in a well, whose slot, when the motor is raised or removed, is covered with mylar flaps to give a fair hull surface underwater. Riging or derigging should take only about quarter of an hour, once practised.

The open cockpit is large, with wide side benches and a removable rowing thwart. In addition, the side decks are wide enough for comfort if sitting out. Glissando is capable of carrying an entire family without effort, and the internal layout is such that she can make an excellent, spacious, camping cruiser. There is storage under the side benches between buoyancy compartments, and more storage under the foredeck and counter.

When it comes to sailing, the BayRaider is in a class of its own. She's by no means flighty, but unballasted and with a following breeze she can plane at 10 kn or more. She is already quite stiff (see below) but can be made stiffer if required by the use of water ballast, which can be loaded (by opening a valve) or discharged (using self-bailers) while the vessel is under way. Sailing with the ballast-tank full slows her a little, but keeps her very stiff upwind. You can expect to get 5-7 kn on a reach in a moderate breeze. She can, if desired, be sailed or motored directly on to a beach, where she runs up on her keel and bilge skids

Safety has been paramount in the design of this vessel, and she has been CE Certified for winds to Force 6 and significant wave heights to over six feet.. The vessel is provided with over 2200 lb of positive buoyancy in separate sealed compartments under the decks. The boat has a self-draining cockpit. The masts are sealed hollow members that provide extra flotation assistance in the unlikely event of a knockdown. With the ballast tank full, she has an angle of vanishing stability of over 120° and will self-right from a 90° knock-down. There is a unique feature in the self-flooding tank under the port side-deck that fills in the event of a full capsize and keeps the vessel at about 160° instead of fully inverting -- which aids single-handed recovery --and that empties itself automatically once she's been righted. The rudder has a boarding step formed in it to allow ready access back into the boat from the water.

The vessel is provided with a removable rowing thwart. She also comes with a boat cover, outboard motor, and trailer with electric winch (all as shown). Other equipment includes --

  • A GME EPIRB, model MT410G
  • An ICOM handheld VHF radio, model M23
  • A Garmin handheld GPS, model 72S (waterproof / floating)
  • 4 Marlin lightweight inflatable lifejackets, model PFD150
  • A Manson R3 anchor with chain and rope warp
  • Fenders
  • Rowlocks

The BayRaider20 is described by her designer on
this webpage; the vessel was reviewed in 'Practical Boat Owner' when the design was released in 2009; Glissando's builders have provided a report on the vessel's self-righting ability and overall safety here; the BayRaider20 won 'Sail' magazine's Best Boat Award in 2010; and finally, there are some testimonials from satisfied Australian owners of these vessels, built by this builder, on this page.

Overall, it would be harder to find a safer or more comfortable family day-boat anywhere in the world.


37. Canadian Canoe



ABC Fabriken, Sweden /
Built mid 1970s
Weight 50 lbs approx.
at mid-length
This traditional Canadian canoe is one of the nicest cold-moulded canoes to be seen. She was built in Sweden at the AB Brothers Claesson works in Kungälv. She is thought to be to the 'Trout' design that was imported to the UK by Tyne Folding Boats, and we show a "Tyne' catalogue entry accordingly. (Note that this particular vessel is not a Tyne import, however.) The design of the thwarts indicates that this canoe was built after 1972, which means she was only a few years old when the present owner bought her in the late 1970s.

The 'Trout' design was light and strong, being cold-moulded from three 2 mm plies of gaboon mahogany, and with ash stem and keel.

Note that construction includes both gunwales and inwales for strength, and also that there are both fore- and after-decks for even further strength. Note also that each deck is provided with a coaming to help minimise spray or splashing when used in rough water. There is also a hole through the deck stringer at each end to take lifting straps, or for a painter.

Marine ply burden boards are provided (in two sections), and the canoe comes complete with two well-made paddles, each tipped in brass. This vessel is in excellent condition, having been stored upside-down under cover for at least the last thirty-five of her forty-odd years.

In Canada a canoe such as this was used for long voyages, carrying goods and equipment along wild rivers. In Australia it is perhaps more likely to be used for lazy summer picnics in quiet waters under overhanging branches. Whichever way she is used she is sure to give a great deal of pleasure to her new owner.

South Yarra

36. s/v Driftwood



JL Watkinson /
M Elton, Mortlake, 2003
c/b up--1'-0"
c/b down--4'-2"
Displ--900 lb

Sails (five years old)--
Main, 94 sq ft
Mizzen, 22 sq ft
Headsail, 56 sq ft
Total 172 sq ft

Like Footloose (No.33), Driftwood is a Drascombe Longboat, one of the Drascombe fleet designed by John Watkinson, a former submarine commander, after his retirement from the Royal Navy. The original design brief he wrote for the first of his fleet was to produce a daysailer, capable of being trailed, stable, safe, but able to give an experienced sailor a lively and exciting sail. His Longboat conforms to this brief and is a highly-favoured vessel with sail-training schools and Sea Scout groups because she is a safe, roomy, and well-balanced sailer. Longboats are built from modern materials, but rigged in a semi-traditional fashion.

Driftwood is a one-owner vessel, originally built as a builder's demonstration model. She is rigged as a gunter-lug yawl with a boomless mainsail and roller-furling headsail. The boat is well-balanced and can easily be sailed single-handed. In a very stiff breeze the mainsail can be handed altogether, when she continues to sail well under jib and mizzen alone; and she will comfortably heave to under just her mizzen.

The bumkin is easily retractable (either on land or afloat), and of course would normally be fully retracted after each outing.

Construction is of glued-ply clinker with iroko gunwales. The hull contains sealed structural buoyancy compartments under the fore- and after-decks, each of which can also be used for dry stowage. She has a galvanised steel centreboard and folding galvanised rudder. The hull exterior is dynel-sheathed in epoxy resin, and the decks are also sheathed. An unusual but highly-practical feature of the Longboat is the outboard well, which allows operation and simple maintenance of an outboard engine from inside the vessel. The roomy cockpit will seat eight people.

As a demonstration vessel, Driftwood has been finished to an exceptionally high standard. Note that the centreboard is the heavier 130 lb design provided for, which keeps her stiffer and thus provides superior sailing performance.

Being a daysailer, accommodation is confined to the cockpit itself, but includes plenty of dry storage as mentioned under the fore- and after-decks, and 'at-hand' storage under the side-decks. Note that Driftwood is provided with a cover and awning, and so can be used as a beach cruiserif desired.

Her ancillary equipment comprises--

9 hp Yamaha outboard, low hours, with remote fuel tank
One pair of oars, stowed under the side decks when not in use
Three bronze rowlocks, one each side amidships for rowing and one on the transom for sculling
Four PFD1 life-jackets
Heavy and light danforth-type anchors, with chain and rope warps
Manual bilge pump
Deck-mounted Plastimo steering compass
Sun awning
Storage chocks to support rudder and all spars inside the hull for towing
Storage cover
Boeing trailer with spare wheel

This is a lovely vessel in very good condition -- a perfect day-sailer.


35. Goat Island Skiff



M Storer/
J Trethowan, Noosa, 2013
Displ--130 lb approx.

Balanced lug main, 105 sq ft, not provided -- see text]

The Goat Island Skiff is an Australian-designed planing dinghy, well-known for its sailing abilities. Many of these vessels have been built and sailed, both in Australia and in other countries around the world. They are safe, stable boats that, because of their planing hull, are nevertheless capable of providing exciting sailing.

Construction of this almost-new example is of epoxy-glued marine ply on western red cedar framing.The vessel is fully complete, being fitted with seats, bulkheads, drainage ports, and daggerplate trunk. As the present owner has used the vessel only as a runabout and a stable platform for fishing, sailing rig is not included. However, the owner is providing with the sale the complete design plans for the designer's recommended balanced lug rig, including mast, boom, yard, rudder, and daggerplate.

Ancillary equipment provided with the vessel comprises --

Suzuki 4 HP 4-stroke outboard (approx. 8 hrs), with stand and cover
Registered trailer with rollers, side supports, and winch
Full-length tie-down boat cover
Pair of 9' oars, with rowlocks
2 PFDs
Anchor, chain, and warps

This is a thoroughly workmanlike vessel that can be immediately used as a safe, roomy, and comfortable runabout, and to which sailing gear can readily be added by a home-builder if desired to provide a smart and high-performing sailing dinghy.


34. 'Old Shoe' dayboat



P Bolger/
G Cragg,

Ballast (lead)--
200 lb on keel

Sail areas--
main 60 sq ft
mizzen 15 sq ft

The 'Old Shoe' is a smaller version of Phil Bolger's well-known 19-footer 'Micro'. And she is not known as 'Old Shoe' for nothing -- this is a compact, comfortable, safe, and dry daysailer, perfect for relaxing afloat with family or friends.

She is constructed of glued ply (using WEST system epoxy), and is rigged as a sprit-boomed cat yawl. She has a full-length keel with lead ballast and the provision to take on extra water ballast if desired. She is equipped with built-in flotation tanks under the side and stern benches as well as a large stowage compartment forward. The rig is unstayed, and is simple and quick to set up.

With the masts at each end of what is already a very spacious cockpit, the Old Shoe provides cockpit accommodation that feels like that of a far larger boat. She is easily capable of carrying four adults with their gear.

This vessel provides a very comfortable and upright sail in any enjoyable sailing weather. Heel is normally limited to 7° or 8°, putting any possibly-anxious first-time sailor at ease. The high-sided cockpit provides a comfortable backrest while keeping the crew dry. Sailing in winds above 15 kt feels very safe, while reefing the main allows the boat to sail in over 20 kt winds without difficulty. And the 'Old Shoe' is so well-balanced that she can even be sailed without her rudder if necessary.

To quote a satisfied owner of one of these boats, "I can sail the Oldshoe all day and into the night with a near comatose state of mind and in total comfort. I think that's where she shines best. She's a boat for entertaining, for relaxing with friends, having some good conversation and taking in the scenery. With the boat very nearly taking care of herself with very little input from the skipper, conversations go on uninterrupted, maybe someone shifts over to the weather side in mid-sentence if the wind builds a little. No one is hanging over the rail and no beverages are spilled. Stress factor negative."

Ancillary equipment included with this vessel comprises life-jackets, Danforth-style anchor with chain and rope warp, separate rope painter, two paddles, a 2 hp Mariner outboard, and of course the road trailer -- a complete sail-away family package.

Central coast

33. s/v Footloose



M Elton, Port Stephens, 1995
c/b up--1'-0"
c/b down--4'-2"
Displ--880 lb

Main, 94 sq ft
Mizzen, 22 sq ft
Headsail, 56 sq ft
Total 172 sq ft

Footloose is a Drascombe Longboat, one of the Drascombe fleet designed by John Watkinson, a former submarine commander, after his retirement from the Royal Navy. The original design brief he wrote for the first of his fleet was to produce a daysailer, capable of being trailed, stable, safe, but able to give an experienced sailor a lively and exciting sail. His Longboat conforms to this brief and is a highly-favoured vessel with sail-training schools and Sea Scout groups because she is a safe, roomy, and well-balanced sailer. Longboats are built from modern materials, but rigged in a semi-traditional fashion.

Footloose is rigged as a gunter-lug yawl with a boomless mainsail and roller-furling headsail. The boat is indeed well-balanced and can easily be sailed single-handed. In a very stiff breeze the mainsail can be handed altogether, when she continues to sail well under jib and mizzen alone; and she will comfortably heave to under just her mizzen.

The bumkin is easily retractable (either on land or afloat), and of course would normally be fully retracted after each outing.

Construction is of glued-ply clinker, and the hull contains sealed structural buoyancy compartments under the fore- and after-decks, each of which can also be used for dry stowage. She has a galvanised steel centreboard and a folding stainless steel rudder, and high-abrasion areas including the decks and garboards are Dynel-sheathed in epoxy resin. An unusual but highly-practical feature of the Longboat is the outboard well, which allows operation and simple maintenance of an outboard engine from inside the vessel. The roomy cockpit will seat eight people.

Being a daysailer, accommodation is confined to the cockpit itself, but includes plenty of dry storage in the sealed compartments under the fore- and after-decks, and 'at-hand' storage under the side-decks. But note that Footloose could be used as a beach cruiser with the addition of a cockpit tent suspended between the masts.

Her ancillary equipment comprises--

5 hp Honda outboard
Diaphragm bilge pump
Four adult-sized life jackets
A fully-reconditioned trailer

Note that all spars can be stowed inside the hull for trailering.


32. s/v Tamara



M Floyd/M Floyd, Pittwater, 2003 LOD--22'-0"
Sparred length--34'-0"
c/b up--2'-0"
c/b down--4'-0"
Displ--1.9 tons, incl an external lead keel of 3/4 ton

Main, mizzen, and flying jib, totalling 262 sq ft

A bespoke one-owner vessel designed along the lines of a UK fishing smack,Tamara is a lug-rigged ketch with boomless sails and lots of space. Although built with modern materials, she is rigged in the tradiitional fashion with lanyards to tension her rope shrouds and bobstay, rope-stropped blocks for the running rigging, and wooden cleats, belaying pins, bullseyes, and other fittings.

Construction is very strong, the clinker hull being of 1/2" fully-glued marine ply strakes, copper-riveted at 4" intervals along every lap, on joggled 2" x 3" sawn frames at 16" spacing. The entire hull is epoxy-sealed. The deck is of 3/8" marine ply, dynel-sheathed in epoxy, and she has a 1 1/2" wineglass transom. The keel is of blackbutt and deadwood of oregon, while the stem is bluegum and the sternpost is spotted gum. Deckbeams, carlins, and sheer clamps are of oregon, and the sole is of kauri.

Accommodation includes lots of dry storage, space for a galley stove, and a very large and comfortable double berth.

Ancillary equipment comprises--

Manson plough anchor, 25 lbs
Five fathoms of 5/16" chain
Twenty-five fathoms of 1/2" nylon rode
Four PFDs
4hp Yamaha outboard with mounting bracket and 2 1/2 gallon fuel tank
Hand-operated bilge pump (never used)
Spare lines and rigging
Spare matching paint

Note that the bumkin is easily retractable (being fully retracted by the present owner after each outing), and the bowsprit can also be readily removed to reduce her overall length and perhaps marina berthing costs if required.

While not trailerable in the commonly-accepted sense, Tamara is light enough and with the right cross-section to be easily loaded and supported on a flat-bed trailer or tray.

Tamara is built and rigged for traditional, simple, comfortable, coastal cruising. Strong, bouyant, and dry (you don't pump the bilges, you vacuum them), she can handle 40 knot winds with ease, like a true fishing smack her design is based on..


31. s/v Carina



L Randell /
S&A Williams, Fremantle, 1962/3
Displ--6 tons

Main, fully battened
Headails, three, incl. a blade stormsail with top batten
Spinnakers, three

Carina is a delightful example of the Randell 'Blythe Spirit' design of fast cruising sloop with tucked-up transom, the first Western Australian entrant in the classic Sydney-Hobart ocean race.

She is carvel-built of kauri on jarrah frames with oregon deadwood and a marine ply deck. She has an oregon mast and aluminium boom (although the original oregon boom will still form part of the sale), and is rigged with spectra halyards. The standing rigging is stainless steel.

Accommodation includes --

Five single berths, including a pilot berth to starboard. The two forward berths can be converted to a double, and there is ample under-berth storage throughout;
A galley to port, complete with SS sink and locker under, water pump, two copper freshwater tanks, laminated bench tops, built-in ice chest, gas line connection (unused), and with a separate self-draining gas bottle compartment in the cockpit;
A pump-out head in the forepeak;
Large shelved storage locker to starboard:
Separate hanging chart table to port, above dedicated fiddled dining table;
Full interior marine carpet;
Over 6' headroom throughout.

Carina has a comfortable self-draining cockpit with additional under-seat storage.
Deck fittings include pushpit and pulpit, mooring bitts / bollards fore and aft, six sheet winches with appropriate cleats, etc, etc.
Mechanical / electrical equipment includes a new solar panel, a deep-cycle battery, and a sensor-operated bilge pump.
The engine is a very economical Kubota 20 hp diesel, recently serviced and with top rebuilt, and fitted with a new portable 5 gallon fuel tank and new fuel lines and filters.

Ancillary equipment comprises--

Steering compass;
Depth-finder (needs repair);
In-house radio;
Two boathooks;
Spinnaker pole;
Life jackets;
Several fenders;
Two fire extinguishers;
Admiralty-pattern anchor with ample chain;
Boarding ladder.

This vessel is one of those very rare comfortable cruisers whose design allows her to be raced extremely effectively as well. She is also a piece of West Australian maritime history.

Please note that the price of this vessel has been dropped by $7000 as the owner wishes a quick sale. Further, the owner has offered to subsidise some of the cost of any road transport that might be required to get Carina to her new home.

South coast

30. M/V Sea Gull



C Blunt/
C Blunt, 1890
Draft 2'-4"
Displ--4 tons
This elegant gentleman's cruiser is a part of Melbourne's history. She is over 120 years old and was built by Clement Blunt, the founder of the highly-respected Blunt's Boatyard in Williamstown.

The hull is of huon pine, and she has a laid deck. She is powered by a Perkins Prima 60 diesel engine, for which she carries 20 gallons of fuel.

Accommodation is open-plan with full covers, making her a perfect vessel for family outings. She has an electrically-operated head for the convenience of passengers.The cabin can of course be locked when the vessel is not in use.

Sea Gull comes equpped with electric navigation lights and suitable ground tackle.


29. s/v Vannhus



Hancock (Ballina), 1965

Vannhus is a motor-sailer that was originally listed for rescue. The present owner had started restoration work on her but following back surgery was not able to complete it. Further, he is now about to move house, but is still hopeful that someone would like to take the restoration on as a motor-launch project. (Regrettably, as no rescuer had appeared before the originally-stated deadline of 22nd of February, Vannhus is no longer available for restoration as a motor-sailer.) Here is a part-description from the original advertisement --

Raised topsides foward make this a very roomy vessel indeed. Accommodation includes a main saloon with a single berth on either side, a sink, and chart table. The forecastle is large enough to convert into a separate double cabin with storage. There is a separate head and shower compartment, a hanging cupboard with shelves, and over 6' of headroom throughout.

Vannhus' construction is of 1" kauri over spotted gum frames at 8" spacing. She has a 36' oregon mast with all-stainless rigging, stainless masthead fitting, a Hood Seafurl 3250 roller headsail furler, two halyard winches, roller reefing boom, mainsail, and new multi-purpose sail. She has a stainless steel pushpit and pulpit. There were two sheet winches at the cockpit.

The engine is a 73HP Nissan SD23 Diesel, with a Diecon 402 marinised conversion and Borg Warner Velvet Drive transmission. The engine and gearbox have been removed, serviced, and recently run. The stainless steel propellor shaft has been cleaned and straightened and the bronze propellor cleaned and balanced.

Vannhus has one stainless forty-gallon fuel tank and two stainless twenty-gallon freshwater tanks, a number of bilge pumps (both electrical and manual), and four AGM 6v batteries. Navigating instruments include a marine radio, compass, and depth sounder. There is a Nilsson bronze manual anchor winch ready to install. Although fitted with a rudder and tiller, a 6 spoke bronze steering wheel, Muir hydraulic steering box, and steering ram are included. There are six original chrome plated bronze scuttles remaining, although some have been sold. There are also numerous stainless steel blocks of various sizes for sheets and rigging along with ample line. Other extras include a 800w inverter, numerous LED light fittings, foam cushions and covers, two new 3" brass ball valves and matching brass skin fittings to improve cockpit drainage, 32lb plough and 45lb Danforth anchors,a sea anchor, 365' of chain in varying sizes, lots of rope, and marine ply, sealants, and adhesives. Also included is the special purpose-built steel cradle illustrated to carry the vessel, which is steerable/manoeuvrable on hard-standing and rated at 20 tons.

Many of the fitttings listed above have now been removed and may or may not still be available for purchase separately. While Vannhus can no longer be restored to her original condition as a motor-sailer, the owner believes that, with the work done to date, a comfortable motor launch can still be made of her by removing the raised foredeck down to the normal sheer line (reference to the photos shows that the relevant strakes have already been removed), and with the addition of some internal ballast to replace the original keel.

The present price includes not only the hull as is, but the engine, propellor shaft, and propellor as described above. (The cradle mentioned is still also available if required.) You will have to be quick though as the hull itself will be broken up at the end of February.

South-east coast

28. s/v Catriona



I Oughtred/
A Percival, 2006
Draft--1'-6" (boards up)
Displ--approx 1½ tons

Sails --
Gaff mainsail
Standing lug mizzen
Storm jib

Working sail area --
240 sq ft

Deck equipment --
CQR bower anchor and rode
Danforth kedge anchor and warp
Assorted other lines

Catriona was originally built by a craftsman boat builder for his own use, and the quality of his work is clearly evident. Catriona's deck and house-top are swept-laid in hundred-year-old NZ kauri, and all other displayed timbers are Australian cedar of the same vintage. With these features, her t&g after bulkhead, and her tanned sails, this is possibly the nicest 'Eun na Mara' design we've seen. (Other people clearly like her too -- she was winner of the Narooma Boats Afloat festival in 2011.)

Her hull is made from 9 mm okume ply, while the keel, keelson, and endposts are redgum and jarrah. The hull is sheathed with triaxial cloth embedded in epoxy resin. This construction method means she does not need to be kept afloat but can safely be stored permanently on her trailer and housed securely at home.

As with other vessesl to this design, instead of being fitted with a centreboard Catriona is fitted with two bilge-boards that retract into the front edges of the berths, leaving the saloon clear of the encumbrance of a centreboard case. The pictures show a snug double- or twin-berth cabin with galley, chart table, and plenty of under-berth storage. Additional storage lockers are located both under the cockpit seats and under the side decks.

The galley is equipped with a two-burner methylated spirit stove (coiled-wick type), a sink with bronze water pump, and a cool store locker. Other equipment includes a hand-bearing compass, a Portapotti head, electric and hand-operated bilge pumps, and two fire extinguishers.

The traditional look of this lovely vessel is enhanced even further by her being equipped with imported tan-coloured "Clipper Canvas" sails, synthetic Hempex brand cordage, and silicon bronze deck fittings.

Electrics are powered by two 35 amp-hour deep-cycle batteries, and the vessel herself can be driven by a (hidden) four-stroke 5 hp Mercury outboard engine custom-built into a wet well in the after deck..

Catriona comes with her own tandem trailer -- custom-built, hot dipped galvanised, and with four wheel disc brakes -- and can be described as a complete, top-quality, 'turn-key investment' in in-shore cruising.

South coast

27. M/v Jabiru



J Muir /
General Motors, Fishermen's Bend, 1942
Displacement--12.5 tons
This solid, seaworthy vessel was built initially for use as a workboat in Melbourne ports during WW2. Having been used later as a pilot vessel and then by the Channels Authority, she later regularly ferried goods and passengers to Flinders Island. Jabiru is now fitted out as a gentleman's bluewater cruiser.

Jabiru is planked in Canadian spruce on laminated Tasmanian blue gum frames, with Tasmanian blue gum keel and deadwood, and with a dynel-sheathed jarrah ply deck. She is powered by a 180 HP 671 Detroit Diesel engine (3100 hrs) which gives her a cruising speed of 8 knots at 1300 rpm and a top speed of 10 knots, a 2.5" shaft driving her four-bladed propellor.

Accommodation includes a galley (containing a stove with griller, gas/electric refrigerator, and sink), settee/pilot-berth, and folding table in the wheelhouse/saloon, with further sleeping accommodation consisting of a double V-berth and another single berth below. Jabiru has an electric head pumping to an internal holding tank. Numerous stowage lockers and other storage space abounds. Access may be gained to the rear of the engine, tankage, storage, and pump-control manifold through a hatch in the wheelhouse sole, while a dogged hatch in the collision bulkhead forward gives internal access to the forepeak. Further lockers exist under the side and rear decks accessible from the cockpit, while additional storage is available below as shown.

Electrical equipment includes six 12 volt batteries, six solar cells, VHF radio, log, Navman sounder and GPS, gas alarm, horn, spotlight, and stereo CD player. Jabiru is equipped with navigation, fishing, towing, and anchor lights. In addition, she is fitted with a large manual bilge pump, a 24v electric bilge pump, and a 3" Jabsco engine-driven pump which can be used for pumping bilges and also for deck-washing.

Tankage is stainless steeel and includes 1000 litres of diesel and 70 litres of fresh water.

Deck gear includes a new Lofrans electric winch, hydraulic wheel steering, a mast crane for dinghy and other heavy handling, and storm cover for the cockpit, while ground tackle comprises two CQR anchors of 65 lb each with twenty fathoms of galvanised chain. A steadying sail can be set from the mast if necessary.

Other safety equipment includes two engine-driven a Carley float, two liferings, an eight-man liferaft, and a 406 EPIRB.

Until two years ago Jabiru was in survey for twelve passengers and two crew.


26. Tender



R Parris /
J Dennerly, Brisbane, 2012
Midships depth--1'-6"
This is a brand-new clinker dinghy, perfect for use as a yacht's tender. She was designed by well-known Auckland boat-builder Roy Parris in the 1950s, built by a former apprentice of Parris, and first launched only for these photographs to be taken. Construction is of 4 mm kauri marine ply planking on kauri frames, epoxy-glued and clench-fastened with bronze nails. The keelson, stem timbers, and gunwales are also all kauri.

The dinghy has a fine waterline entry, a buoyant, full bow, and well-proportioned freeboard. The topsides are finished in high gloss enamel, while the interior is finished bright. The dinghy comes complete with the oars and ring rowlocks shown.

This is a particularly stable and burdensome vessel. She has two rowing stations and is capable of ferrying three adults, the dog, and gear for a week's cruise -- or providing a stable diving platform for the kids to have fun with on a hot summer's day.

Note that the price has just been significantly reduced as the owner is keen to sell, which means that for the proper clinker vessel she is this tender is now a downright bargain.


25. Rowing Skiff



K Bassett /
M Coleman, Sydney, 2008
Weight--60 lb
This is a top-of-the-range recreational single or powerful double skiff, with sliding seats in either configuration. The seating arrangement is such that weight distribution is automatically allowded for -- the single midships seat lifts out to be replaced further forward when the second seat is fitted, appropriate movement and addition to the outriggers and stretchers being of course allowed for. (A third possible mode also shown is as a single with rudder, traces, and a stern seat for a young coxswain.)

Construction is glued clinker, using Bruynzeel 1/8" okume marine ply, with trim in red cedar and silver ash. The clinker construction and laminated frames echo an older style of construction, but the light weight and relatively narrow form make this a fast and lively vessel to row. Note that this skiff has sufficient beam to be comfortably stable for the novice who is able to trail the oars without any fear of instability in the vessel. In addition, the vessel is fitted with buoyancy compartments fore and aft (in which small items can also be stowed for safety if desired.)

Two pairs of traditional spruce sculls are provided, of lengths 9'-8" and 9'-2". The longer pair is an old set made by the famous oar-maker Croker Oars, while the pair with the red cedar inserts are the same age as the vessel. The outriggers are fabricated in alloy, with quality Martinoli pins and swivels.

This quality skiff is a head-turner at the launching ramp, the brightwork interior and delightful transom of this lovely vessel showing off the speciality Australian timbers to great advantage. When not on the water giving enjoyment to the rower(s) and envious observers alike, she lives under a custom cover on her registered trailer. Both trailer and cover are of course included in the sale.

This is a practical, versatile, and usable little skiff, being both stiff and strong for her weight as well as being a vessel to admire for her lines and construction.


24. Trawler Hull



Unknown, probably post-war LOA--20'-0"
Draft--2'-0" approx
This ex-fishing trawler will make a good 'fixer-upper' for an enthusiastic wooden-boat-person. As a working trawler she was based on Lake Macquarie, but her registration was changed from commerical to pleasure-craft in the 1970s.

The present owner bought her from shipwrights in Newcastle on their closure. His intention was to convert her to an open day-boat, with oversize benches and possibly an electric motor. However his attention has become fully focused on his second boat, and he no longer plans to restore this one. The vessel is presently stored under cover on a registered trailer, waiting for her new owner.

The opportunity therefore exists for a dedicated wooden boat enthusiast to breathe new life into this lovely old trawler.

This vessel's hull planking is of oregon and is apparently all original. The planking appears sound, but some time and effort will obviously be needed to bring her back to life.

The present owner has indicated that the trailer may be used at no charge to transport the boat to her final destination (within reason). When she has been restored this vessel will clearly make a lovely day-boat -- roomy, comfortable, and sea-kindly.


23. s/v Miss Polly



I. Oughtred/
A Gardner, NSW 2005
Draft--2'-6" (c/b up), 4'-2" (c/b down)
Displ--3800 lb

Mainsail 185 sq ft, with two rows of reefing points
Jib 80 sq ft, with reefing points
Both sails are tanbark-coloured

Mariner 3.3 hp outboard, stowed under the cockpit sole when not in use.

Miss Polly is a lovely double-ended 'Grey Seal' from the drawing board of Iain Oughtred. She is rigged as a sliding gunter sloop. She was built using modern glued-ply clinker construction with rose gum frames, knees, and joinery, and carries bronze fittings throughout, together with a lead keel.

This is a very comfortable pocket cruiser, primarily designed for sailing (of course, and at which she is excellent) but also carrying a demountable outboard engine for use in calms. She is fully-trailerable and because of her construction can live permanently on a trailer if desired, although the present owner has always kept her on a mooring.

Her owner has cruised Miss Polly from her home port in New South Wales to Great Keppel Island and back, a round trip of approximately 1400 nm. He says of her, "This boat is so easy to sail and light on the helm that it was easy to steer and work the boat all day".

Miss Polly's equipment includes a 25 lb CQR anchor, a separate kedge anchor, 20 fathoms of 1/4" chain, warps, fenders, compass, VHF radio, PFDs, an EPIRB, flares, paddles, and boathook. She is fitted with a Thetford head, and her galley fittings include a safe methylated-spirit stove and removable stainless steel sink.

North coast

22. s/v Kestrel



D Payne/
W Smith, 2002
Draft--c/b up 1'-7"; c/b down 4'-0"

Gaff mainsail, jib, storm jib

Engine--1980 Stuart Turner (Sole), 9hp, electric start

Raymarine plotter/sounder with full charts
Raymarine ST1000+ autopilot

Kestrel is a beautiful example of the 'Snapper Boat' gaff sloop designed by David Payne, one of Australia's foremost boat designers. The design is based on the traditional snapper fishing boats of Sydney. Kestrel was clinker-built by Boyne Island boatbuilder Warren Smith, and is constructed from two full hoop pine logs, copper-fastened. The keel is hoop pine with a full-length blackbutt shoe. Kestrel has laid decks, and all her fittings, including centreboard and fuel tank, are of stainless steel.

This dayboat has had very little use and is virtually as new.

This is a very seaworthy vessel which, as the owner says,"sails like a witch." She has generous freeboard and built-in buoyancy compartments which make her a safe vessel to sail, even for relative beginners. These two facts make the Snapper Boat one of David Payne's better-known designs.

Kestrel's engine has been totally rebuilt, and she comes complete with a custom-built tilt trailer with brakes.

Gladstone or Toowoomba

21. Putt-Putt



Builders-- Benson & Shaw, Mordialloc,
c 1950
This vessel was built in marine ply in Mordialloc by Gerald Benson and Major Shaw, aircraft engineers who adapted their WW2 experience in building plywood aircraft to produce Australia's first plywood boat in 1946.

The vessel, launched around 1950, was fully restored in 2001, the plywood skin being replaced entirely at that time. All the original metal fittings were retained during restoration, and the vessel is still equipped with her original oars.The original 3 HP Chapman Pup engine has also been retained but has been completely overhauled, gaining a fully renovated magneto and replacement rings, bearings, and carburettor in the process.

This vessel was proudly exhibited at the Goolwa Wooden Boat Festival in 2001 and again in 2005, and has also been shown at traditional wooden boat festivals at Davistown, Narooma, and Tweed Heads

She comes complete with the trailer shown, on which she may be permanently stored. And like the vessel, the trailer has also been restored, including provision of new springs, axle, and wheels.


20. Hirondelle canoe



G Seyler,
c 1935
This is a traditional 'Canadian' canoe, built by the famous French boatbuilding company of George Seyler Ainé, established near Paris in 1893. Build date of this canoe is not known but is thought to be around 1935, making her truly an historic vessel. She is of very strong carvel construction, having copper-nailed strakes on closely-spaced frames. She was brought to Australia by her present owner, a member of the Monaco Rowing Club, after being restored in Monaco where she later went on display.

Her hull is apparently all original and is in excellent condition. She is fitted with two seats, the backs of each of which can be folded flat. The seats themselves can also be removed altogether. The bottom boards are of course also removable to allow the hull interior to be properly cleaned when necessary.

This vessel was designed to be sailed as well as paddled and is equipped with a mast step and partners, but regrettably both paddles and sailing gear have been lost over the years. Paddles are readily available from a variety of sources however, and an enthusiast could also develop a new sailing rig for her if desired.

In Canada a canoe such as this was used for long voyages, carrying goods and equipment along wild rivers. In Australia it is perhaps more likely to be used for lazy summer picnics in quiet waters under the trees.

North coast

19. M/v Rhelma



Builders--Ned Jack (Trevallyn Boat Sheds,) Launceston, 1918 LOA--33'-0"

Displ--5 tons approx

Engine--Perkins 4107, 40hp

Electrics--Two batteries
Solar panel

This lovely motor boat has had several owners in her long life, all of whom have taken great care of her. Having been launched in the Tamar River, she has spent almost her whole life in Tasmania, although she had a short sojourn on the Gippsland Lakes. Her present owners have been her trustees for the last five years.

Rhelma is a very comfortable motor cruiser, with two full-sized berths in the deckhouse and a further two-and-a-half berths in the saloon.

The forepeak contains the head and also provides plenty of storage space.

The raised topsides forward mean the saloon and forepeak are very spacious, and the deckhouse is large and airy.

Equipment includes a gas stove, an electric/gas refrigerator, galley sink, hydraulic steering (two helming positions,) VHF radio, electric anchor winch, and two bilge pumps.

The Perkins engine was rebuilt in 2004/05, since when it has run 150 hrs at most.

Finally, Rhelma comes with full walk-in walk-out equipment--life jackets, lines, cutlery, crockery, etc.

Tamar R.

18. s/v Spray



J Slocum /
J B Jones Shipyard, Melbourne, 1925

Jib topsail
Mizzen staysail

Displacement--12.2 tons
Internal ballast

Engine--4-cylinder Nissan 90HP diesel, model FD35, approx. 6 hours running since last service Feb 09. Fuel consumption approx. 1/4 gallon/hr at 4 kn.

Batteries--2 new HGL-12 200A/h house, 2 new 12V 60 A/h. Century start.
Wired for TV/DVD
Wired for 12V and 240V

Radio--VHF GME GX548
Sounder--Garmin Fish Finder 100 blue
New radio/MP3 sound system, 6 internal and 4 external speakers
New hands-free public address system

Tank capacities--
Fuel--55 gallon
Water--52 gallon
Sullage--52 gallon

The first person ever to circumnavigate the world single-handed was Captain Joshua Slocum, a "naturalized Yankee" from Nova Scotia, sailing from Boston in his sloop Spray. Spray was originally given to Slocum as a derelict, having been "propped up in a field" for seven years. She was rebuilt by him to his own design, essentially from the ground up, before he set out on his epic three-year voyage. He published an account of his adventures, "Sailing Alone Around the World," in 1899. Slocum and his circumnavigation inspired many later sailors, and his sloop a host of new vessels called Spray. Despite sharing the same name, however, very few of these later boats owe much if anything to the design of Slocum's original Spray.

The vessel listed here does. She was not only inspired by Slocum's Spray, but in fact was built to Spray's lines, and thus a true replica of the original vessel. Slocum visited Port Phillip in Victoria during his voyage, and Spray so pleased a Mr Shaw of St Kilda that he obtained her lines from Slocum. The keel of Shaw's own Spray was laid by Melbourne boatbuilders J B Jones Shipyard in 1908, but the Great War intervened and the new vessel was not launched until 1925. She was unfortunately damaged during a gale in the late 1940s, and when she was repaired the opportunity was taken to lengthen her by eight feet at the same time. Ketch-rigged, this is the vessel we are now proud to advertise for sale.

As befits a classic Australian sailing vessel, her hull is huon pine, the deck is celery-top pine, and the house is predominantly huon pine, all on a hardwood keel and deadwood. Masts and spars are all oregon, and were refurbished in 2007. Standing rigging is a combination of stainless and galvanised, renewed in 2007. Running rigging was replaced in 2008.

sleeps seven in four cabins, and also contains a large saloon, chart table, galley, head, and forepeak.She carries six foot headroom throughout, and was equipped with new bedding and upholstery throughout in 2008. The plumbing was also replaced in 2008.

In addition, she contains--

  • A two-burner stove with Chef Ranger oven
  • Two refrigerators
  • Pressurised hot and cold water to galley and head
  • An electric head

On-deck equipment includes--

  • Safety equipment in excess of Commercial 1E requirements
  • Three bilge pumps--one engine-driven, one 12V, and one manual (in addition to the head and galley bilge pumps.)

Spray is under USL Commercial 1E survey for 35 passengers.
An out-of-water survey report was undertaken by an accredited marine surveyor in October 2010 for re-insurance purposes, and a copy may be made available upon request.

She is the oldest vessel of her type in Australia, and possibly the world.

South coast

17. 'Gannet' dinghy



I Oughtred/
M Wilson, Canberra, 2001
Draft--0'-8" c/b up, 3'-4" c/b down

Mainsail 120 sq ft
Jib 50 sq ft

Weight--260 lbs approx

This very nicely presented Gannet dinghy by well-known designer Iain Oughtred is rigged as a stemhead gunter sloop. She is a conventional sailing dinghy of the more modern planing type, of which the designer says there is "a little more influence here from current trends in racing dinghy design; the hull has a generous flare forward to keep her dry, and this flare is to an extent carried right through aft. This... adds to the stability if she heels too far in a sudden gust... and makes the boat ultimately more seaworthy."

This particular example is built in the glued-ply clinker construction typical of most of Oughtred's designs. Mast, yard, and boom are all No 1 clear grade oregon, and the tiller and extension are silver ash with teak grip.

The vessel's rudder gudgeons and pintles, forestay fitting, chainplates, towing eye, mast cap, and sheaves are all marine bronze, standing rigging is stainless steel, the blocks are Norseman/Gibb, and the sails are dacron.

The dinghy comes complete with a fully-adjustable McKay trailer with tilt tray, on which she may be permanently stored.


16. 'Marisol' skiff



G Jackson/
D Wickham, Adelaide, 2002
Draft--0'-9" c/b up, 2'-4" c/b down

Hull weight--180 lbs approx

Gunter mainsail, 70 sq ft, tanbark-coloured

A delightful and extremely characterful sailing dinghy, this 'Marisol' skiff designed by the New Zealand naval architect Gifford Jackson is una-rigged with a folding gunter mainsail. She is equipped with buoyancy compartments fore and aft which, combined with her generous freeboard, make her a very dry and comfortable vessel to sail.

Her construction is very strong, being of ply strakes over sawn frames, the strakes being both glued and clench-nailed in copper. She is fitted with a tiller-actuated lift-up rudder. She can safely be stored out of the water when not in use.

This vessel comes complete with the aluminium trailer shown in the pictures. She is of course equipped with oars, but can also be rigged with a small outboard motor if required. (Note that the Seagull motor shown in the pictures is not included in the sale, although a similar motor can possibly be made available as an additional extra if required.) An outboard mounting bracket is part of the package.

Oars and all spars can be fitted inside the hull when being trailered.

This skiff comes complete not only with oars and trailer, but also with fenders, a boat cover, and storage bags for the dagger-plate, rudder, and tiller.

This is a fine day-sailer for one or two adults, with or without a small child as additional ballast.


15. Thames-style skiff



G Buttrose/
G Buttrose, Manly, 2001
This beautiful small skiff has been designed and built by a professional boatwright, using glued ply clinker construction. She has been styled on a Thames skiff, with design elements of a Dorset lerret evident at the bow.

She is finished with cedar and teak trim, and has fitted seats with cane inserts. She comes equipped with bronze rowlocks and mountain ash oars.

This skiff has been kept by her owner in a yacht club and rowed from there, but could be car-topped to other destinations if necessary. She comes with a wooden launching trolley.

This is a perfect vessel for a leisurely picnic on the river for two -- consider Ratty and Mole paddling gently along a quiet backwater under the willows....


14. s/v Caoimhe



I. Oughtred/
G Wright, Tas 2003
Draft--2'-6" (c/b up)

Mainsail 150 sq ft
Staysail 75 sq ft
Jib 55 sq ft
(approx. areas)
Self-furlers on both foresails.

Lombardini LDW502 M13 hp marine diesel (new,) with with TMC40 2:1 marine gear, providing adequate power for any sea condition, without cavitation.


Caoimhe (pron. 'Keeva' and Gaelic for beautiful) is a lovely double-ended gaff cutter that lives up to her name. She was built using modern glued-ply clinker construction. This is a very comfortable cruiser that has been given a new engine and navigation aids in the last twelve months.

Caoimhe is a fully-trailerable vessel, and her custom-built tandem trailer is included in the price. Navigation equipment includes a new DSC radio, split screen chart plotter, and autopilot. Other equipment includes an Origo two-burner stove in the galley, both electric auto/manual and manual bilge pumps, a new manual/water-activated EPIRB, new flares, and four PFD's.

Because of her construction, this vessel can live permanently either on a mooring or on her trailer as desired. Both the vessel and her trailer are presently registered in Victoria.

Caoimhe comes complete with a custom built 6'-6" balsa sandwich tender equipped with both oars and a new 2 HP Yamaha outboard motor. The tender can stow in the cockpit when the vessel is being trailered.

As you can see, this is a complete, sail-away, package. It is regretfully only available for sale because of the ill-health of Caoimhe's present owner.

The owner says that this boat "has to go. I doubt I'll ever be on the water again. The best offer, I suppose."
So here's your invitation to snap up a beautifully designed, kept, and maintained 'Grey Seal', only eleven years old, at a bargain price.

West coast

13. s/v Zephyr



Eric Cox /
S H Stroud, Qld 1968

Gross tonnage--
10.4 ton

Genoa jib

Volvo Penta 15hp diesel

This very comfortable full-displacement sloop-rigged cruiser has been professionally maintained by her one owner since new. She is in excellent condition, being last slipped in 2008, and she carries Lloyd's Registration.She is carvel-laid of spotted gum with internal fit-out in cedar, and provides over 6'-0" headroom throughout.

Accommodation consists of saloon with galley and chart table, fore-cabin, and forepeak, and includes four berths. There is a separate head. The galley contains a stainless steel sink, ice box, and two-burner gas stove, and the vessel is equipped with VHF radio.

Zephyr is fitted with a 20 gallon freshwater tank and a 16 gallon tank for diesel fuel. The inboard diesel engine is in a separate compartment under the cockpit. Zephyr has an aluminium mast and boom, and stainless steel rigging.

This vessel is now regretfully for sale as part of a deceased estate. As such she comes with all gear presently on board, including all owner's records since launch, and a tender is also included in the price. The price itself is very low -- anything but a reflection of the vessel's quality, but an unfortunate consequence of the necessity for her sale.

North coast

12. Clinker dinghy



P Gartside /
Denman Marine, Kettering, Tasmania, 2010
This beautiful professionaly-built vessel, has been insured for $24,000, and is in pristine condition. Won as a prize in the Hobart Wooden Boat Festival, she is fully rigged as a traditional lug sloop, is of course provided with oars, and comes on a galvanised Dunbier trailer with stoneguard protection and spar rack. This vessel is complete with everything needed to row or sail her, and in addition is provided with three buoyancy bags for extra safety.

Construction is entirely of classic Australian boatbuilding timbers. The huon pine planking is completed with contrasting king billy pine sheerstrakes, on celery-top pine backbone and frames. Transom and stem are of huon pine. Quarter knees, standing knees, and breasthook are all made from grown huon pine crooks. The thwarts are of king billy pine, while the burden boards are swamp gum. She is fully copper-fastened, being fitted with bronze rowlocks and rudder fittings, and with brass half-oval on the keel, bilge runners, and stem. The interior below the rising is painted, while the remainder of the vesel is finished bright all over.

The balanced lug sailing rig includes mast, yard, boom, timber centreboard and rudder, and a traditional cream-coloured sail.

Fans of Arthur Ransome will immediately recognise the similarity of this vessel to the Amazon of his 'Swallows and Amazons' stories. This is a classic traditional sailing dinghy, not only destined to repay her new owner's investment several-fold by providing many decades of pleasurable enjoyment, but perhaps indeed by also becoming a family heirloom to be passed down to future generations.

STOP PRESS: Wooden Boat Fittings' Mike Field inspected this dinghy on 11 February 2016 and can vouch for its quality and condition. The only visible damage is a chip on the land of a port-side strake, which could be filled if desired or simply left as is. Also noted was the addition of a spare mast, and the fact that the trailer is fitted with a pulpit at the front to which screens are lashed to protect the hull from damage by stone chips while being towed.


11. Pocomoke kayak



C Kulczycki/
R Saunders
LOA--20'-0" (6m)
Beam--26" (69 cm)
Displ. 40 lb (18 kg)
This is a fast, straight-tracking, large single or medium double kayak, easily managed in either configuration.

The strong compound-curved hull is built from 1/8" (3 mm) marine grade okoume plywood, the vessel being completed with fittings of huon pine, celery top pine, and Australian red cedar.

The freeform rear huon pine laminated deck-hatch is both decorative and watertight (being held closed by an internal rope & pulley system,) and provides access to plenty of storage space under the rear deck. A second waterproof hatch in the forward bulkhead provides access for a small storage bag suitable for car keys, phone, etc. The seats are laminated red cedar with closed cell foam padding providing superb comfort for long trips, and the vessel has been completed with hand-carved celery top pine handle/ beeblock combination fittings at the bow and stern.

This kayak is in superb condition, requiring no further work whatever.

The two folding stands shown in the photos are included in the price.

Presently located in Canberra, she will shortly be moved to Adelaide unless sold beforehand.


10. s/v Merganser



Eugene Cornu/
C N Vandernotte Shipyards,
Nantes, France,
Displ. 7 1/2 tons

Sails --
Full locker of sails (plus spares) including roller-furling headsail, all serviceable

This Australian-registered double-ended cruiser/racer is a comfortable live-aboard vessel.

She spent a good deal of her cruising history firstly in the Mediterranean and then in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans before being purchased by her present owners.

Merganser has been fully restored professionally, while still retaining her original mahogany fit-out with its bronze and brass fittings. She has a Honduras mahogany hull and a new epoxy/dynel marine ply deck.

Accommodation consists of main saloon (containing twin berths,) galley, forecabin, head, and forpeak. Interior fittings include a chart table with refurbished ice-box below, stainless steel water tank, Jabsco head, and built-in wash-basin. Merganser carries 6' headroom throughout.

Additional inventory includes --

* Coirot anchor-winch, with chain gypsy and rope capstan
* 100m of galvanised 10mm chain
* Brittany bower anchor, plus one each Danforth and Dreadnought anchors
* Pulpit and pushpit, together with stanchions and lifelines (the latter provided, but not fitted for aesthetic reasons)
* Solar panel plus engine-generated electric power
* Original bronze sheet winches
* Hydraulic steering
* Aluminium IsoMast with new stainless steel rigging
* Mercedes OM engine, fully serviced in 2009, and with two spare propellors
* Dinghy with outboard engine

Merganser comes with full provenance, including her original papers.

Further information on Customs requirements if importing this vessel to Australia is available on request.

Presently on cruise in Malaysia, but contactable via Australia.

9. s/v Phyllis



Alfred Blore /
Neaves Brothers,
Battery Point,
Displ. 17 tons

Sails --
Gaff mainsail
Bermudan mizzen
Mizzen staysail

Phyllis is a gaff yawl motor-sailer, built originally for the Tasmanian Governnment. She is capable of 9 knots under steam or sail.

She has raised topsides forward which, together with her new wheelhouse, provide her with very spacious living and working conditions. The hull is carvel-laid huon pine on hardwood frames, while the deck, coach-houses and wheelhouse are also all of huon pine. Masts are oregon, with galvanised standing rigging. She has a full-length displacement keel carrying 3 tons of lead ballast.

Accommodation consists of saloon, galley, head, fore-cabin, quarter-cabin, and large forepeak, all with full headroom throughout.

Phyllis is powered by a 46hp Gardner 4L2 diesel engine in a separate engine-room, and is fitted with all the expected equipment and accessories for a cruising vessel of this type.

New South Wales
North coast

8. s/v Silver Gull



John Searle,
Birkenhead, South Australia,
With a raised-topsides design inspired by Maurice Griffiths' vessels, this spacious ketch provides a comfortable cruising vessel for four.

Construction is of huon pine, with a fibreglassed ply deck. Spars are also of huon pine. She has a full-length ballasted displacement keel.

Accommodation consists of saloon, fore-cabin, and forepeak, and contains four berths, compression-pump head, and galley with methylated-spirit stove and built-in ice chest. As with other raised-topsides designs, Silver Gull has a superbly capacious interior

Equipment includes near-new 22.5 hp Punsun air-cooled engine (20 hours) and gearbox, plough-type bower anchor and two smaller kedge anchors, electric anchor winch, sonar, two VHF radios, CD player/radio, new mainsail, and other canvas (including spare mainsail) in fully serviceable condition.


7. M/L Giselle



Builder William Sergeant,
Ray Mead Boat Works,
Boulters Lock, Maidenhead, UK,
circa 1890.
This magnificent motor launch was shipped to Australia in 1908 and has been in the present owner's hands for more than forty years. She comes with a full 120 year history and photographic record.

Initially electrically-powered, Giselle is now equipped with a 28 hp Yanmar diesel engine (780 hours.)

Accommodation includes a forward saloon, a galley, table, head, and main helm amidships, and an after cabin with seating and a second table aft.

There are two permanent berths in the saloon, and the after-cabin table can be converted to a double berth also, allowing Giselle to sleep four. The elegant counter stern houses a spacious after deck together with an auxiliary helming position.

The after cabin is fitted with canvas drop-down screens with clear-view panels, allowing al fresco dining in fine weather and full wind protection when down.

Additional equipment includes a gas detector, air horn, depth-sounder, UHF radio, three-way refrigerator, CD player and radio, and automatic and manual bilge pumps.

South Australia
River Murray

5. S/V Kristin


Euro 94,000
(Under $120,000)

Bieritz shipyard, Meldorf, Germany, 1937 LOA--59'-0"


For normal cruising,
Gaff mainsail 600 sq ft,
Topsail 215 sq ft,
Forestaysail 235 sq ft,
Jib 195 sq ft,
Jib topsail 150 sq ft
Storm jib 100 sq ft

And for tradewind sailing,
Squaresail 475 sq ft,
Skysail 105 sq ft

Originally built in 1937 as a shrimpnetter by the Bieritz shipyard, Kristin was converted for cruising in 1978, and again refurbished in 2002 by the Danish yard of Christian Johnson. She is built of oak on oak, with pitchpine deck planking and Douglas fir spars. She is fully coppered below the waterline.The hull was recaulked and recoppered, and the deck also recaulked, in 2008. Kristin is in survey and presently registered in Germany.

Machinery and equipment include a 6-cylinder 150hp Deutz diesel engine, stainless steel tanks for diesel fuel, kerosene (paraffin,) freshwater, and greywater, 220v, 24v, and 12v electric circuits, refrigerator, water-maker, solar panels, wind generator, electro-hydraulic windlass, autopilot, HF radio, GPS, etc, etc.

Stern davits hoist a 10 ft. Carib dinghy with a 4 HP Yamaha outboard engine.

On-deck accommmodation includes one teak and two canvas awnings protecting the navigation position and forward and after decks, a dining table seating eight, other seating accommodation abaft the helm, and two fresh-air sleeping berths.

Below decks the midships section contains the saloon and a separate wash-room with WC, entered from the after companionway. There are also a galley and a stateroom, entered either through the main saloon or via a separate forward companionway.

Kristin is currently on a circumnavigation, and is ideal either as a live-aboard or for charter.

Further information on Customs requirements if importing this vessel to Australia is available on request.

Presently on cruise in the Carribbean, but contactable via email.

Air-fares to inspect Kristin may be refunded on sale.

4. s/v Aileen Louisa



Tom Whitfield /
T&C Whitfield, Melbourne, 1986
Draft--0'-9" c/b up,
2'-9" c/b down

Sprit mainsail 100 sq ft,
Staysail 20 sq ft

Aileen Louisa is a traditional plumb-stemmed clinker dinghy built in Victoria in 1986. This vessel is constructed of kauri on silver ash frames, with a jarrah keel and stem and mahogany transom, all copper- fastened. She has a removable bowsprit.

She is fitted with two rowing stations, and her fine quarters, wineglass transom, and full body make her an excellent, burdensome, pulling boat. In addition, she sails well with her large sprit mainsail and optional forestaysail. (The mainsail is presently used boomless, but a boom is also provided.)

The vessel comes on a fully-adjustable trailer (included in the price,) and an optional long-shaft 4.5 hp Seagull Silver Century outboard motor may also be available if desired.

Australian Capital Territory

3. S/V Swallow



A MacFarlane /
A MacFarlane, South Australia
Sparred length--48'
Beam --10'
Displ--9.5 tons

Sails--gaff mainsail, gaff mizzen, staysail, jib

Cruisng ketch

A comfortable cruising vessel, originally built in Birkenhead SA in 1917, potential live-aboard

Construction -- jarrah and kauri on jarrah frames. Laid celery-top deck.

New Kubota engine, 2001 (15 hours, freshwater cooled)
New mainmast 2002.
New galley 2003.
Refurbished saloon 2004.

Port Phillip

2. S/V Faoilean



Iain Oughtred /
D Grewar
Draft--1-6" (c/b up)

Sails--gaff mainsail, gaff mizzen, staysail.
Total sail area 240 sq ft.

"Eun Na Mara"

Trailerable two-berth canoe yawl, launched 2003.

Built using the modern glued clinker technique, this vessel can be safely kept ashore under shelter when not in use.

Internal space is maximised by the use of twin centreboards, each case forming the face of a berth. The vessel carries 500 lbs of external lead ballast on her keel.


1. S/V Sanderling



Alan Buchanan /
B Spooner, Melbourne, 1973

Sails --bermudan mainsail, staysail, jib, storm jib, genoa.

YM 3-Tonner, launched 1973.

Construction --
Strip-planked white beech on spotted gum frames, with merbau main keel and deadwood. Deck and cockpit are sheathed in dynel and epoxy. 1200 lbs outside ballast on a full-length displacement keel. Twin steel bilge-keels allow her to stand upright in a drying berth.

Accommodation --
Two berths, galley, chart table, fitted bucket head, sail locker, hanging locker, two sideboards, and a deep cockpit with full-length seats, lockers, and lazarette.

Western Port