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.
Membership is open to all wooden boat enthusiasts. Many members own boats, others do not, but all enjoy the chance to get together and "muck about with boats". Their boats include rowing boats, putt-putts, radio controlled models, pond yachts, canoes, kayaks, steam-powered boats, sailing dinghies, dayboats and ocean-going yachts.
Whilst the Wooden Boat Association is based in Melbourne, we also have a branch on the Gippsland Lakes, catering for wooden boat enthusiasts in East Gippsland.
Especially welcome is the first-time wooden boat builder or restorer, who can expect to receive ample advice and assistance in getting their dream onto the water.
Wooden Boat Association Membership Benefits
- Watercraft, a quarterly journal with news and articles about events, boats and people across Australia and around the world.
- Shavings, a monthly newsletter bringing timely news about events and activities in Victoria.
- Monthly meetings with a wide range of interesting speakers. Our usual venue is the Albert Park Yacht Club.
- Monthly sailing days, on Albert Park Lake and other locations close to Melbourne.
- Use of the Association's own boats, two traditional sailing boats, Begonia and Lindsay Symons, our canoe Stringybark, and our extremely rare Port Phillip 12 racing dinghy.
- Access to the Association's extensive library of boatbuilding and other nautical books.
- Companionship with sister associations in other states
Contacting the Wooden Boat Association
President: Geoff Carroll 03 9802 7038 (AH)
Secretary: Leigh McNolty 03 9886 3207 (AH)
Treasurer: Richard Jackson: 03 9898 4021 (AH)
Post: PO Box 77 Glenhuntly Vic 3163