The Wooden Boat Association was formed in 1989 for people who enjoy wooden boats and wooden boat building.
Members appreciate wooden boats for their aesthetic qualities, the beauty of the boats and the materials from which they are constructed, and the pure romance of wooden boats.
In this age of mass production, each wooden boat is as individual as her owner.
The last month has been an interesting for the WBA members.
Thank you to the committee for organising the Dr Chris Davey club night and thank you too, to all who contributed refreshments – and of course thank you to Chris. Having not much experience sailing I found his discussion about windward sailing interesting. I now plan on fitting a bowsprit and steering foresail to Mars.
Roderick’s article in the last “Shavings” highlighted our great day to see the Tenacious entry to Melbourne from the Lady Cutler.
David Scott’s article on the Paddle Steamer Adelaide in “Shavings” was also interesting. I was unaware the captain could control the engine speed and direction from the wheelhouse and just shows I should take more notice.
Coming up for October we have our weekend away 22-23 October at Paynesville. This year we are using Resthaven Caravan Park as a base. We will be doing some on water trips in company with the Gippsland Lakes Classic Boat Club and join them for a meal on the Saturday night. The paddle steamer Curlip has moved to Paynesville so a look at that may be an interesting thing to see. I am the OOD for the weekend so if you intend to come along please be aware of my mobile number 0408847319.
November club night is at Seaworks and the surrounding Williamstown area and should be an enlightening visit with the described arrangements in “Shavings”.
Cheers for now,
Oars! They’ve been around for a long time, as the pictured ancient Chinese and Viking oars show, and the stack of old oars alongside seems to indicate that the basic design hasn’t changed much over the centuries.
I’ve received pictures, presentations and thoughts from several members – and non members too; too many to put into one article, and so it appears that there will be more oar(some?) articles to come.
My own research indicates that the search for the perfect oar continues, however you may like to consider some of the historic designs before choosing an oar similar to everyone else’s! Those 4000 year old Chinese oars actually look pretty practical, and of course there are interesting oars from the Victorian period to be considered, as a search of the patents records shows –
Two new boats were launched and Peter Batchelor’s “Kirsty Anne” enjoyed a sail as well.
Margaret O’Dempsey made the maiden voyage in “Tubby” – a Selway Fisher “Doracle” and successfully made a nice circuit of the anchored vessels, and Graeme Signorini followed suit.
Graeme seemed fascinated by the manoeuvrability of the boat, as he spent quite a bit of time doing “doughnuts”, by spinning the little craft in circles.
A third launching occurred when you editor tested the stability of the craft and did a dive over the stern! It was unkindly suggested that his waistline overhang may have been a factor.
Well, the presentation on “Could Ancient Romans Sail To Windward” measured up to the publicity, and was well received by the large group (members and non-members) in attendance.
It was a privilege to have Dr Chris with us and even non-sailors such as myself learned
not only about the design and function of ancient sails, but about sailing itself.
Peter Batchelor has put Dr Davey’s entire presentation on our website and it can be viewed by selecting “About Us” and “September 2016 …. Dr Christopher Davey”.
Well here I am, finally getting to build my long awaited boat. I had to build a shed first and that took longer than I thought to get the prefab made and the building permit through council. Anyway that's all behind now and I have started.
I chose a small B & B Yacht Design from the States - Their Spindrift 11, as pictured. I haven't built a boat before so I wanted something I could manage to build by myself, something I could sail for fun, row if I had to, or put an outboard on if I wanted.
Here I am starting to loft the hull from the plan onto the scarfed 1-1/2 sheets of 6mm gaboon marine ply. I scarfed the one and a half sheets together before I started to take photos of the build. I found a nifty jig to make for the circular saw on YouTube and it worked pretty well. Got a nice neat 70mm scarf.
The build started by joining the sides and bottom of the hull, stitching the keel line before unfolding
the "wings" to produce the hull. Worked pretty well. It was good to have another pair of hands though.
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Have you recently had a great day on the water, voyaged from A to B successfully, or completed a small project such as a locker lid or new spar? Our members would love to hear about it!
Please send a short paragraph and a picture to the Shavings Editor, preferably by email to email@example.com, so that we can include your account in Shavings.
We also encourage members to share their achievements and experiences at club nights. Bring along photos, drawings or examples and feel welcome to talk about these as part of the meeting.
The 65m Barque Tenacious, launched in 2000, is coming to Melbourne in August 2016. Tenacious is the largest wooden sailing ship built in the UK for over 100 years.
She was designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. She is a 714 ton square rigger with 21 sails.
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