The Boatyard

Ads in Shavings run for two editions and also on the WBA website. Cheques should be made out to the Wooden Boat Association and sent to The WBA, P.O. Box 5237  South Melbourne  Victoria  3205.

Note the following advertising costs: Ads are free for WBA members. Non-WBA individuals are welcome to advertise for the cost of $10.00 per 10 feet of boat. Boats 10’ or less can be advertised for free. Add $10.00 for an engine.

For example – a 20’ sailing boat with outboard will cost $30.00 to advertise ($20.00 + $10.00) for two issues of Shavings, and for a place on the WBA website.

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.

Geelong Wooden Boat 2018 A5

I have for sale  a quantity of copper nails, roves and rod.

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There’s 25 Kilograms of copper in total and lots of bits and pieces that would be invaluable to a boat builder.

I'm looking for $600.00 for the lot.

Enquiries and offers to Christopher Ammitzboll - 0428685779




SOLD - ‘Rubra’ An 18 foot Gaff Rig, Clinker Day Sailer - SOLD

After some 20 years of ownership I appreciate I do not have the time to look after 'Rubra' in the way she deserves. The yacht is still basically as it was when built by “Savage” at Williamstown to Sir Lawrence Hartnett's* design in about 1938/39). At some stage it was altered to a bermudan rig but I have converted it back to a gaff rig (with the original canvas sails made in Flinders Lane!) The hull is huon pine. Wooden spars. Although not presently installed it comes with the original (restored some years ago) Blaxland Twin engine with the desirable starter/generator. She has numerous bronze fittings, wooden blocks and another set of sails (they will require altering).

She currently sits on what could be best described as a 'yard trailer'. Although 'Rubra' is basically sound in recent years I have failed to maintainer her and she would require some work to make her a showpiece. There is some dry rot in the tabernacle and a split in one board. There may be other things I am unaware of.

Situated in Mont Albert.      Asking price $5,000 (willing to discuss).

Contact Richard Jackson:   03 9898 4021  0433 178 821

(*Sir Laurence John Hartnett (26 May 1898 – 4 April 1986) was an engineer who made several important contributions to the Australian automotive industry, and is often called 'The Father of the Holden'.

Hartnett continued to make important contributions to Australian motoring after he left GMH. He instigated an ambitious venture to build a uniquely Australian car, the Hartnett, a front wheel drive design, with an air-cooled, 600cc, horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine. The venture failed, after problems with the supplier of the aluminium body panels. Approximately 120 cars were produced between 1949 and 1955, and few of these survive today.

Then, in 1957, he was involved in production of the Lloyd-Hartnett car, based on a German design. This venture also experienced misfortune, as Borgward, the German supplier of parts for the car, suffered financial problems.)

For Sale - 10‘ (3.1 metre) Acorn Dinghy

Although retired now, I was a boat builder all my life. I love to keep my hand in and I just can’t stop yet. It’s true to say that the boat I am selling is professionally built.

For Sale - 10‘ (3.1 metre) Acorn Dinghy – Launched September 2015

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A 10 foot sailing dinghy, clinker ply fitted out with mahogany trim and bronze fittings. The ropes are “Hardy Hemp” – a traditional look, but modern polyester. It comes with a mast and a balanced lug rig, plus a pair of 6’ oars.

Asking price is $3500, and a registered trailer (not pictured) with new hubs and bearings is available for an additional $500.

The boat is at present at Bruthen (as am I). I can be contacted on 0428 475 425.



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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