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Opinions and advice expressed on our website, in Shavings, and at the Association’s meetings are those of the individual originators only. The Editor and the Association’s Committee do not necessarily endorse views expressed at such forums.

Participation in events

Participation in events organised by the Association may involve certain risks inherently associated with the perils of the sea or weather which include the possibility of damage to or loss of vessels and equipment as well as injury or death to persons. Such risks will require the exercise of the prior judgement of members on behalf of themselves, their guests and invitees, whether to commence or continue any particular activity, irrespective of information supplied by the Association, its Committee or officers. The Association, its Committee and officers accept no responsibility for damage, loss, injury or death arising from these risks.

Contributions to Shavings

Contributions to Shavings by members of the Association on relevant topics are most welcome. Contributions may be edited before publication at the Editor’s discretion. By submitting any material for publication the contributor warrants that he/she is the copyright owner, and consents to the editing of the material and its publication in Shavings and on the Association’s website on a royalty free basis.

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Join the WBA

Membership is open to all wooden boat enthusiasts. Many members own boats, others do not, but all enjoy the chance to get together and "muck about with boats". Their boats include rowing boats, putt-putts, radio controlled models, pond yachts, canoes, kayaks, steam-powered boats, sailing dinghies, dayboats and ocean-going yachts.

The Wooden Boat Association is based in Melbourne, with regular sailing days scheduled on Albert Park Lake, as well as other venues around Melbourne, and at least one weekend each year elsewhere in the state.

Especially welcome is the first-time wooden boat builder or restorer, who can expect to receive ample advice and assistance in getting their dream onto the water.

Benefits of Wooden Boat Association Membership 

  • Become part of a friendly and sociable group of people with a common interest in wooden boats.
  • Receive Shavings, a monthly newsletter bringing timely news about events and activities in Victoria.
  • Regular meetings with a wide range of interesting speakers and activities. Our usual venue is the Albert Park Yacht Club, with visits to other venues from time to time.
  • Monthly sailing days, on Albert Park Lake and other locations close to Melbourne.
  • Use of the Association's own boats, two traditional sailing boats, Begonia and Lindsay Symons, our canoe Stringybark, and our extremely rare Port Philip 12.
  • Access to the Association's extensive library of boatbuilding and other nautical books.
  • Companionship with sister associations in other states

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