The Boatyard


We welcome advertisements for wooden boats, and resources that would be of interest to our members and readers.   In the past this has included barometers, books, rope, engines, etc..  Advertisements run for two months, i.e. in 2 issues of  our newsletter Shavings, and in the ‘For Sale or Wanted’ section of the WBA website.

The text for your advertisement should generally be no longer than 100 words, and ads can also include photos or drawings. You can email your ad to with the words “WBA advertisement” in the subject, or post it to WBA, P O Box 5237, South Melbourne VIC 3205.



WBA members: Free!  

Non-WBA members are charged a flat $30 fee for inclusion in two issues of Shavings, and a two month placement on the WBA website. “Free to a good home” items attract no charge.

If you are not a WBA member, you can pay by cheque made out to ‘Wooden Boat Association Inc.’ and posted with the ad, or by Electronic Funds Transfer to - Wooden Boat Association BSB 013 260 Account Number 303824509.
[Please include your surname and ‘WBA ad’ in the payment details.]


 Priced at $13200.00


Can be set up as main propulsion engine. Rated 68 bhp @ 1500 rpm. Out of a vessel which was in survey and regularly serviced and maintained by Gardner factory trained diesel fitter, Kevin Riley.

Tim in Adirondack

Adirondack style wooden boat fitted with Hobie drive – 4.6 metres (15’) long; 1 metre wide; hull weight 25kgs.    Includes removable reclining seat, Hobie Drive, and rudder with fittings.

Restored Putt-Putt – Sydney

This magnificent putt putt, 16’ long and 6’ 4” wide, and believed to have been built in the Northern Rivers of NSW around 1927, has been meticulously restored from the keel up.

putt putt tony 3 

Hartley 1

70 hp. Chrysler, Bimini top and fitted tarp for travel.

 For Sale - 11ft clinker putt putt  “Curlew”

curlew 1

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.

Click here to download the "Advertising in Shavings" form.   



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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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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