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Participation in events

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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.

Wooden Boat Association Membership Benefits

  • 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 Philip 12.
  • Access to the Association's extensive library of boatbuilding and other nautical books.
  • Companionship with sister associations in other states

Join the WBA now

Other Events

Coming WBA Events

Sun Jul 23 @10:00AM - 05:00PM
Annual General Meeting and Sailing Day
Wed Aug 16 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Plans night
Sun Aug 27 @10:00AM - 05:00PM
Sun 27 Aug - Yarra River trip
Wed Sep 20 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Stewart Dickson Speaks - Building his boat + Geelong Festival
Sun Sep 24 @10:00AM - 05:00PM
Sailing Day APYC