The Boatyard

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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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1965 Seafly "Apodemus" (  About 15 feet long.  The boat is currently located in Canberra.  It was last sailed in the early 1980s, and has been kept in a garage ever since.  All woodwork is in good condition, and the boat is complete with sails and lines.  It sits on a trailer, which is currently unregistered and has flat tyres, but otherwise is in good condition.  Price $1500.  Contact Robin den Hartog, preferably by e-mail (, otherwise on 0415826086.

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The WBA often receives calls from people wanting to make sure their treasures go to a good home after they are no longer able to look after them.

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Colleen Robinson is keen to find her trailer sailer (about 20 feet in length) a new home. She thinks it is a “John Carter”, UK, design and was first acquired from Mordialloc.   She believes the boat is circa 1960, and will consider any offer as it will be necessary to remove it shortly.

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The boat sails well and is restored, turning an old craft into a beautiful craft. The owner restored it about 12 years ago, and fabricated the special trailer for it.

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There are several sails aboard and it comes with life raft, a Seagull motor fitted, and galley and bunks, etc..

  Contact Colleen Robinson 0409581398 with your enquiries.


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I recently discovered and rescued an amazing 49 year old barn find. It is a brand new 1960’s cold moulded Boomerang 6 metre kit. It is in excellent condition. It is hull number 32 and is the last Cold Moulded Boomerang hull built by the designer of the Boomerang 20, Eric Maizey, in his backyard shed in Frankston. All hulls after this were fibreglass.

It is from a deceased estate. The hull is amazingly dry and in excellent condition. The coach house is fitted and the deck about 90% completed. It has had one owner and is on an as “new” galvanised single axle tilting trailer. There is no rust on the trailer and absolutely no rot in the hull. The boat and trailer are complete with original registration papers! Yes the owner kept BN 32 (For Boomerang Hull no 32) registered and paid up for 49 years. The Trailer is also registered and fitted with new tyres and hydraulic brakes. (The brakes need a service).

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The Fibreglass Boomerang went on to become one of Australia’s best- selling Trailer Sailers through the 1970’s and 1980’s.

We cleared the crud in front and around it, unwrapped it, Put new tyres on the trailer and towed it back to Melbourne.

With 3 wooden boats I don’t really need another. It should make a pretty straight forward project for someone to complete.


 Asking price for the registered boat and trailer is $1750 and it is available for inspection at Tullamarine Victoria

 Bob Morgan      Phone 0418 109 383



 Filuren has everything that makes Nordic Folkboat sailing such a pleasure: simple and quick set up, deep and secure cockpit, and confidence inspiring handling with over 50% of the boats' weight hung on a long keel below the waterline. All that fun is packaged up in a stunningly beautiful varnished timber hull which always turns heads and makes people smile.   The Folkboat and is 7.68m long, 2.2m beam, and (I think) 1.4m draft.

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Having just been completely checked from stem to stern, all fastenings checked, hull stripped down and anti-fouled, she's tight as a drum and ready for another 50 years! 

With room for 2 adults (and 2 smallish kids!) to over-night in the charming and comfortable interior with a small nav table which doubles as a spot to put the camp stove for coffee and sandwiches, secure drawers, a hanging locker for the wet weather gear and plenty of under seating storage. Everything you need for weekend explorations and adventures. 

Battened main sail, head sail, and spinnaker in great condition (main and heady professionally laundered in 2015), timber single spreader mast and boom stripped down and revarnished in 2016, stainless standing rigging renewed in 2014, with adjustable back stay & fore stay. 

In 2016 hull professionally stripped, prepared and anti-fouled, any suspect fastenings replaced, keel bolts checked, stem bolts doubled, new electrical panel installed for bilge pump and 12v supply with solar panel plus MPPT controller for charging. 

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Reliable 5HP Tohatsu outboard on a sliding bracket for simple launch and retrieval, timber fore deck hatch, boom crutch and boom-kicker (new 2014), choice of cockpit traveller or single anchor point for mainsheet, two timber spinnaker poles and a complete boat cover (2014) complete the picture of a boat that's fabulous for sailors and young families; fast, safe, and fun. “

Trailerable?  Technically yes, but for land transport one-off arrangements are a better option.  To ship to Melbourne, for example, I was quoted around $1000.

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The sale price is $16,900, and the seller/contact is Ian Duncan (St Lucia, Queensland), on 0411551312 or at



Here is one for the traditionalist......

A restored 15 ft Putt Putt, almost a new boat on a new trailer.

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A very pretty Michael Dearing rebuild (refer to the photo) assisted by the volunteers at Armfield boatshed and slip at Goolwa.

When it appears, this boat gathers a small crowd of admirers and it goes well on the water too, powered by a very reliable Blaxland single cylinder.

Probably originally built in the 1950s as a fishing boat.

We need to move it out as Armfield has started another restoration.

The owner of this will look forward to many years of enjoyment with very little maintenance.


Call Garry Coombes   0428 634 188 for more details

Around $8,750 would secure this lovely boat


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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