The Boatyard

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 For Sale - 11ft clinker putt putt  “Curlew”

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This boat dates from about 1950, is clinker construction using Kauri and Oregon. We restored it 2005, replacing a couple of planks, and rebuilding the interior. Interior is an oiled finish as per original.

Now powered by a modern Honda GX160 air-cooled 4 stroke 5hp single cylinder engine adapted for use in the boat. It starts easily and is economical, easily does 4 hours running on the 5 litre tank, and has probably had no more than 50 hours use.

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Has a sun awning, and is on a registered Dunbier trailer, with spare wheel. Boat and trailer registered until Feb 2019. Includes oars, fenders, bilge pump, anchor and rope.

Price? - $6,000

Please contact me for more photos or to inspect- David Stott, 0414442518,




For sale - Lazy e number 316

 The wooden hull is in good condition but needs coat of paint/varnish and some maintenance. It has the original main, jib, spinnaker, and some spares.    The previous owner advised that the boat was professionally built. Buoyancy is not built in, but buoyancy bags are included in the sale.  The boats length is 4.6 metres/15 feet.

The Boat has nice lines, lively to sail. Comes with registered Galvanised Trailer with alloy wheels (including a spare).    I have always stored the boat undercover.

Raymon Grant Lazy E no 16

How Much?      $2000.00      Where?    Essendon

Contact Raymond Grant 0432 418 099, or email, .



For sale approximately 13 foot Huon Pine putt putt, with mahogany top.  Built in Tasmania circa 1950.  Has most of the original engine, but it’s not installed as it it needs some parts.  The boat was brought up to Sydney for the bi-centenial.

It comes with a trailer, and 6 hp Mercury outboard with two hours running.

I Have the original manual for the Blaxland engine also!

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Bought it off an older gentleman who had it for around 20 years, repainted it and tidied it up   It has the original engine as pictured, but needs a drive shaft and prop etc…    I was going to do a full restoration but simply don’t have the time or energy!

Price?  $5,500 or near offer.

Mike Parsons  0438 247201 ( ),  Taree, NSW.




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Mahita Last refit Warneet Slip

(Mahita pictured after her last refit in 1995)

An historic 11 metre carvel hull cruiser built in 1929 with an interesting history that needs wooden boat enthusiasts to take over project. Owners prepared to donate the hull (90% restored) and superstructure components along with the hardware, some of which has been remade from SS.( approx $3500 worth). There are also Kauri hull planks fully dressed for the hulls completion. All free.

There is an as new Perkins 4.236 Marine diesel engine (only 20 hours running time before external reconditioning) complete with new instruments and looms. This is matched to the engine bearers and shaft and would go straight in - $20,000. This would be all that is for sale but must go with the project.

If you have a Sailfish tucked up under the house, or taking up space in the garage I am interested. I am looking for Sailfish to restore and get back on the water, so if you want space for the next project or just feel like it is time for your Sailfish to find a new home please contact me on either 0421 97 1366 or to see if we can help each other out.



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