Projects

Jane is a 46' Pilot House cruising gaff rigged cutter, carvel planked over steam bent frames of all timber construction.

The interior has been designed by the owners son, world famous designer Rodney Eggleston, President of March Studio.

Jane - 46' Pilot House cruising gaff rigged cutter

 

Bermagui

Bermagui is an Alec Lacco 27' Motor Cruiser restored at the Wooden Boat Shop in 2012.
Restored to excellent condition with a raised wheel house and leveled off floor for better view of the boat from the bridge and a larger level space in the cockpit, Bermagui makes a great day boat/overnighter.

Bermagui - Alec Lacco 27' Motor Cruiser
Click to view photo gallery of restoration process.

 

'Thistle', 28' Couta Boat (1903)

'Thistle', 28' Couta Boat (1903)

Designed and constructed by John Jones in 1903 and launched on the Maribyrnong river in Melbourne, Australia. After a long working life the 'Thistle' was slowly deteriorating when in 1986 she was purchased with a view to restoration in light of her national significance as the last example of a purely sail powered Couta boat. With her straight stem she represents the older style of Couta boat which was not influenced by the need to accommodate an auxiliary engine.

In 1989 the Australian National Maritime Museum commissioned The Wooden Boatshop to undertake the restoration. She has been meticulously restored retaining as much as possible of the original 1903 construction. Baltic pine lining boards have been painstakingly removed and renailed. The hull, platecase, beams and deck have all been restored. Where appropriate, timbers and fixings have been duplicated using old lengths of the original species the builder, John Jones selected. 'Thistle' is now invested in The Australian National Maritime Museum and symbolises for perpetuity Victoria's proud commercial fishing boat heritage.

'Thistle' ~ the restoration process in pictures.

 

 


1994 Fully restored and sailing in the Sydney to Hobart race

'Ron of Agryll', 50' gaff rigged ketch (1928)

'Ron of Agryll', 50' gaff rigged ketch (1928)

The classic yacht the 'Ron' (Gaelic for seal) was built in 1928 at Sandbank on the Clyde River of Scotland for a Colonel Spencer, Commodore of the Clyde Cruising club. Built of teak on oak construction and designed by the Scottish naval architect, McCallum, she was the perfect cruising yacht for the west coast of Scotland where he sailed her for several months each year with a professional crew of two.

Crossing the Atlantic to the West Indies she served as a charter vessel and was renamed the 'Ron of Argyll'. In the early 70's she crossed the South Pacific before landing in Sydney, Australia. She came to the Wooden Boatshop in1990 and underwent the following extensive restoration.

The original galvanised steel floors on oak frames, fastened with copper had produced advanced forms of electrolysis rot in the oak frames and teak planking at the bottom of the vessel. After the 10 ton iron keel was removed, all of the lower frames were completely replaced and some of the planking removed and replaced.

'Ron of Agryll' ~ information and pictures

   

'Mercedes', 26' vintage gaff sloop (1913)

'Mercedes', 26' vintage gaff sloop (1913)

Horace Rumble was a familiar figure around the Swan River for more than 60 years, winning countless races and a wonderful collection of trophies at the tiller of the vintage gaff sloop, 'Mercedes'. Horace began building the plumb stemmed Mercedes in 1913.

The 25 foot centreboarder was launched at McCarier's boat shed in south Perth, before Horace's departure for The Great War. Although wounded during that war, Horace continued to maintain and successfully race 'Mercedes' from Royal Perth until his reluctant retirement from sailing forced the sale of 'Mercedes'.
'Mercedes' ~ and her legends in pictures.

In 1995, 'Mercedes' was transported by road from Perth to The Wooden Boatshop for a total rebuild which included the removal of the fibre glass outer skin (circa 1970's) keel and stem replacement, new centre board case, re-ribbed and some new planking. The emphasis was 'Mercedes' 1913, modern materials were used to retain and restore as much as possible of the existing fabric of the boat. The work involved some 2000 hours of labour.

   

'Storm Bay', 54' Tasmanian fishing 'smack' (1925)

'Storm Bay', 54' Tasmanian fishing 'smack' (1925)

Built for fisherman, George Bridge in 1925, the 'Storm Bay' is named after the source of vast schools of Barracouta and the destination of most fishermen when they set off each morning from Victoria Dock. Designed by Alf Blore and built by Percy Coverdale at Battery Point, Tasmania, the 54 foot boat has Blue Gum frames, with hull and decks planked with Huon Pine. Some of the planks are the full length, 52 feet in a curve.

She was gaff rigged with topsail, fishing took place while the boat drifted under a double reefed mainsail. The 'couta jig or lure was a piece of white Huon Pine about 6' long, tapered with two big barbless hooks, attached to a linked wire chain, fastened to a 15 foot Sassafras sapling. With no refrigeration, 'Storm Bay' had a wet well made of 4' thick Huon pine.

'Storm Bay' ~ a Tasmanian treasure in pictures.

The Bridge family owned 'Storm Bay' from 1925 until 1963, looking after her like a yacht. George's grandson Jim Bridge of Lutana, followed in the family business and fished for 14 years aboard 'Storm Bay' during the 1940's and 50's. Prior to her restoration she was a crayboat operating out of St. Helens, acquiring a wheel house along the way. She was bought by Tim Phillips of The Wooden Boatshop who restored her to original condition as a sailing vessel.

'I feel quite humble to own a boat as significant as 'Storm Bay' says Tim 'If I eventually sell her I will endeavour to make sure she returns to Tasmanian waters as she is a treasure.'

   

Hammond Runabout

Classic Wooden Runabouts

Classic Wooden Runabouts

Complete restorations of these classic wooden runabouts have of recent times been undertaken. Techniques have been developed to reduce the necessity of 'wetting out'. Selected timbers and veneers have been laminated to rebuild the decks of the boats as near as possible to the original specifications.

To date The Wooden Boatshop have restored:

  • 1929 Riva runabout
  • 1962 Lewis runabout
  • 1964 Riva (substantial engine work only)
  • 1958 Hammond runabout
  •         Eddycraft runabout

Runabouts ~ restored at The Wooden Boatshop.

   

The Story of the Couta Boats - Significant Restorations

Couta Boats

Restoration Philosophy...

'The aim, when restoring is to keep the boats as authentic as possible. The only materials used are timber, Kauri Pine from New Zealand for the hulls. Local Australian timber for the ribs and thwarts and Tasmanian King Billy Pine for the decks. Copper is used for the nails and some fittings. Where the rigging was originally 'served', that is marlin and tar were wrapped around the steel shrouds to protect them, galvanised and stainless steel today negate the need for such necessities.'

Significant Restorations of Couta Boats

 

The below table details all boats built at the Wooden Boat Shop.
Not all the records are complete at this time.

Boat # Name of Boat Year Rego Size (L x D x B) Owner(s) Timber Type of Boat Engine
1 Sally 1982 C82 28′0″ x 10′9″ x 3′3″ Tim Phillips, David Baillieu & Peter McKeand Celery Pine Couta 28′ Yanmar 2GM
2 Kate 1983 C305 25′11″ x 10′0″ x 3′0″ Bill Davis, Warick Leeming & Richard Hurley Kauri Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM
3 Ajax 1984 C100 27′4″ x 10′6″ x 3′3″ Designed and Built by Will Baillieu.
Mike Ahern
Huon Pine Couta 27′ Yanmar 2GM
4 Ticonderoga 1985 C101 26′0″ x 9′6″ x 3′3″ Peter Cook Celery Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 2GM
5 Rip 1986 C6 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Chris Sinn Celery Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM
6 Wagtail 1986 C86 26′6″ x 10′6″ x 3′3″ Brian Wales & Peter Burke King Billy Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
7 Jessie 1985 C44 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Milton Green & Neate Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
8 Merlin 1987 RF444 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Geoffrey Ogden Celery Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
9 Cheviot 1987 C87 26′4″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Jame & Peter Gibson Celery Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM
10 Phoenix 1988 C41 26′0″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Alan Quick & Bruce Griffiths Kauri Pine Couta 26′ vetus
11 Kathleen Mary 1988 C90 26′6″ x 10′6″ x 3′3″ Wayne Nash & Vernon Wood Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
12 Sylvia 1989 C80 26′7″ x 10′6″ x 3′3″ Phillip Kinsella Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
13 THE TRAM 1989 C59 26′0″ x 10′4″ x 3′3″ George Kimpton Kauri Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 2GM20
14 Christa 1988-91 C54 26′5″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Mike & Richard Lonergan Huon Pine Couta 26′ -
15 Jennifer 1990 C70 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Peter Bennett & Grant Smith Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
16 Whisper 1990 C92 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Robbie Hiam & Stephen Gillon Huon Pine Couta 36′ Yanmar 3GM30
17 Emma Louise 1990 CO 31′6″ x ??′?″ x 3′6″ Phillips Family, Rob Pitt & Jeremy Huon Pine Nepean 31′ Yanmar 4JH-DTE
18 Baillieu Dinghy - C165 14′0″ David Baillieu Huon Pine Clinker 14′ -
19 Lisa 1991 C71 26′6″ x 10′6″ x 3′3″ Rod Martin, Olivia Stewart, Mark Waterworth & Max Chester King Billy Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
20 Armadale 1991 C58 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Peter Hannah & Tony Bail King Billy Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
21 Young Dinghy - - 10′6″ Keith Young, Nigel Abbot & Milton Green Ply Clinker 10′6″ -
22 Hendo Dinghy - - 10′0″ Ian Henderson & Glenn Walker Ply Clinker 10′ -
23 Stickland Dinghy - - 10′0″ Ken Stickland Ply Clinker 10′ -
24 Firefly
(Johnson Dinghy)
- - 10′6″ Steve Stuart Ply Clinker 10'6" -
25 Exhibition Dinghy - - 10′0″ - Huon Pine - -
26 Marriner - - 10′0″ David Marriner Ply Clinker 10′ -
27 C97 1997 C97 26′5″ x 10′5″ x 3′0″ Jeffery Richardson King Billy Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 2GM20
28 Beau 1997/98 C1998 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Ross Wilson Kauri Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
29 Rhapsody 1998/99 C1999 26′6″ x ??′?″ x ?′?″ Colin Mitchell & Terry Smith Kauri Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 2GM20
30 Madelaine 1999 RF2 26′6″ x 10′5″ x 3′0″ Tony Unmack Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
31 C97 Dinghy - - - Victoria & Angie Huon Pine Clinker
-
32 Zitch Dinghy - - - W Brind Zichy-Woinarski Ply Clinker -
33 Hannah Dinghy - - - Peter Hannah Ply Clinker
-
34 Sorrento 2000 C118 26′6″ x 10′5″ x 3′0″ Peter Gale Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
35 Cariad 2000 C117 26′6″ x 10′6″ x 3′0″ Mick Morris Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
36 Marybelle 2000 C116 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Max Beck Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
37 Camilla Rose 2001 C1992 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Alan Luxmoore & Jeff Richardson Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
38 WBS12 - - 24′0″ Douglas Keith & Georgio Gjerga Ply Clinker Sailing
-
39 Matilda 2001 C127 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Ian Cootes & Mark Foley Huon Pine Couta 26' Yanmar 3GM30
40 Leeuwin 2002 C134 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ David Hopkins & Merv Baird Kauri Pine Couta 26' Yanmar 3GM30
41 Nuvola Nera 2001 C503 27′6″ x 11′6″ x 3′4″ Warick Leeming Kauri Pine Nepean 27.5 Yanmar 4JHE
42 Loloma 2001 C504 27′6″ x 11′6″ x 3′4″ David Swann Kauri Pine Nepean 27.5 Yanmar 4JHE
43 Sea Grace 2001 C507 27′6″ x 11′6″ x 3′4″ Darbyshire Kauri Pine Nepean 27.5 Yanmar 4JHE
44 Gemfish 2002 C266 26′6″ x 10′0″ x 3′0″ Phillip Edwards Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 3GM30
45 Marie Louise IV 2001 - - Peter Griffin - Nepean 28.5 -
46 Gigi 2001 - - Peter Griffin - Nepean 28.5 -
47 Montalto 2002/03 C2004 26′6″ x ??′?″ x ?′?″ John Mitchell Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 2GM20
48 Romy 2003 Ctoo3 26′6″ x 10′0″ x ?′?″ Peter Gale & Nigel Abbott Huon Pine Couta 26′ Yanmar 2GM20
49 Mystify 2002 C888 26′6″ x ??′?″ x ?′?″ Mark Foley, Burnie O'Hanlin & Darren Hart Huon Pine Couta 26′ -
50 Darney 2003 C03 26′6″ x ??′?″ x ?′?″ Georgio Gjergia - Couta 26 -
51 Fantasea 2003 - - Reg Campbell - Lonsdale 24 -
52 Carpe Diem 2003 C555 - Peter & Jill Hartley Kauri Pine Nepean 28.6 -
53 Tenacity 2003/04 C04 26′6″ x 3′3″ x 10′9″ Justus Veeneklaas Huon Pine - -
54 - - - - - - WBS 12 Dinghy -
55 Cliff Crest 2004 - - Georgio Gjergia Ply Electric -
56 Wyuna - - - Mick Morris Ply Wyuna, Port Phillip Pilot Boat -
57 Tivoli Sul Mare 2004 - - Tim Burnett Kauri Nepean -
58 Gannet 2004 - - Marcus Burke Kauri Nepean -
59 Rough Up 2004/5 - - Demo/Nick Williams Cedrela Cheviot -
60 Storm Bay Dinghy 2005 - - Phillips Family Huon Pine Dinghy -
61 Nancy Mary 2005 - - Kevin Wood Kauri Pine Nepean 28.6 -
62 Little Ishie 2005 - - Paul Isherwood Kauri Pine Nepean 28.6 -
63 Samuel J II 2005 C511 - John Gaylard Kauri Pine Nepean 28.6 -
64 Saranzo 2005/06 C152 - John McIntosh Cedrela Cheviot 32 -
65 Claire 2005 C154 - Steve Wirtz Huon Pine Couta 20′ -
66 Jo jo 2006/07 - - Michael & Steve Cadden Cedar Cheviot 32 -
67 Zephyr 2006 C2006 - Peter Sullivan Huon Pine Couta -
68 Phoenix 2006 C516 - Lyndsay Reid Kauri Pine Nepean 30 -
69 Judy Anne 2006 C518 - John Banks Kauri Pine Nepean 30 -
70 Tideways 2006/07 C618 - David Shergold Makore Tideways -
71 - 2007 - - Mike Lawson Ply WBS 12 Dinghy -
72 Lady Susan 2007 C521 - David Hopkins Kauri Pine Nepean 30 -
73 Jennifer Kate 2007 - - John Matthies Kauri Pine Nepean 30 -
74 Weeroona Bay 2007 - - James Mighell Kauri Pine Nepean 30 -
75 The Kathleens 2007/08 C1000 32′0″ x 10′0″ x 3′3″ Steve & Mary Chiodo Cedrela Cheviot 32 -
76 Southerly 2008 C2008 26′6″ x 10′3″ x 3′3″ Haig/Hendy/Moffat/Skinner (Syndicate) Cedrela Couta 26′ -
77 Sandpiper 2008 C700 30′6″ x 11′0″ x 3′3″ Milton Green - Nepean 30 -
78 Mrs Wilsons dinghy 2008 - - John Marshall - Dinghy -
79 Alouette 2009 C1770 - John Calvert Jones - Cheviot 32 315HP
80 Kiss and Fly 2009 C747 - Leigh Clifford - Cheviot 32 -
81 Berry 2009 C523 - Craig Kimberley - Cheviot 32 -
82 Miss Maton 2009 C524 - Neville Kitchen - Cheviot 32 -
83 Efficient 2009 C717 - Lloyd Williams - Efficient 44 -
84 Craigie Lea 2008/09/10 C2010 - Tony Westcott - Nepean 30 -
85 Murray Pass 2010 C526 - WBS demo / Sally Phillips - Cheviot 32 -
86 Wingadel 2010 C210 - Peter Meurer - Cheviot 32 -
87 Wyuna (Originally Margaret R) 2010 - - Wooden Boat Shop - Wyuna, Port Phillip Pilot Boat -
88 Whitecliffs 2008 - - Rick Jamieson - 22' Alec Lacco Design -
89 Gilli 2011 - - Chris Stephenson - WBS 10' Sailing Clinker Dinghy -
90 Annabelle 2011 C207 - Harley Moffat - Nepean 30 -
91 Volunteer 2011/12 C01 - SSCBC - Cheviot 32, Queenscliff -
92 Chevimaid 2011/12 C32N - Richard Small - Cheviot 32 -
93 Jane 2011/12 - - Chris Sinn - Jane, 46' motor sailor -
94 Moon Pearl 2011 C011 - Sue O'james - 20' Clinker Couta Boat -