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The Wooden Boat Centre is a community owned 'Not for Profit' social enterprise. Our mission is to share traditional wooden boatbuilding skills and knowledge.  We hope you enjoy the newsletter. 

Greg Guy 27/9/1947 - 14/8/2017 Gone But Not Forgotten - A Year On


The Wooden Boat Centre would like to invite Greg's friends t come and share your stories of a life well live by a man well loved.

Venue - The Wooden Boat Centre  3333 Huon Highway Franklin

Date -  Friday 17th August from 4:30PM

Drinks and Nibbles are on the menu but we would love you to bring a plate to share as well.

RSVP - The Wooden Boat Centre     Ph. 03 62663586 or  Email -


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Building an Ian Oughted designed 'Puffin' - call for students for this course

 An Oughtred 'Puffin' at a boat show in the US

An Oughtred 'Puffin' at a boat show in the US

We will run a 6 week course beginning on the 4th March 2019 to build a 'Puffin'.  The dinghy uses clinker building technique, will be constructed of Huon Pine and will be for sailing as well as rowing.  Tuition for this course will be: $3,600, completion of the course is the 12th April.  If you would like to be one of the participating students please enrol through our course booking form.  Additional information available through our contacts or phone:03 6266 3586

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Wharf power, courtesy of a Huon Vally Council grant

power supply and switchboard fishing wharf.JPG

The Wooden Boat Centre (WBC) sucessfully sought a 'Community Action Grant' of $3000 from the Huon Vally Council in late 2017.  This grant project was designed to "get the working back on the waterfront'.  It allowed the WBC to contract an electrician to install power to both the North Wharf and Fishing Wharf.  The project was supported by Francis Shepherd, Christina Kent, Pete Shimeld, Bob Tubman and Gerard Burke who ran the wiring and conduit and made the power boxes to specification provided by the electrician.  

This project will allow us to offer 'working on water' wharfage to the local and wider boating community.  We plan to have an official launch of the new facilities in September.  Watch this space for dates and times.  

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"One morning...."

                                           Peggy and Adrian Dean and Dr Dick Geeves

                                          Peggy and Adrian Dean and Dr Dick Geeves

One morning last week I looked out into the workshop from our display area and to my delight saw Adrian  Dean, the Wooden Boat Centre's  first teacher, with his wife Peggy and Adrian's first student, Dr Dick Geeves. The love of wooden boats and building them obviously keeps you young.

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“Pona” is currently owned by Bob and James Tyson and families.  She was built in 1928 by Ned Jack of Launceston for  R.A. Perrin, (great uncle of Bob and James), to a Morgan Giles design using Huon pine planking and ribs on a hardwood keel.  Several sailing dinghies were built for Low Head families by Ned Jack during the 1920’s and competed in a summer racing series as the lagoon Bay dinghies. Pona is one of the few left.

 Pona on arrival at the Wooden Boat Centre

Pona on arrival at the Wooden Boat Centre

Pona’s ownership transferred to Cecil Woodruff (daughter of RA Perrin) and in the 1950’s to Geoff Tyson, father of Bob and James.

Pona went ashore and suffered serious damage in the 1940’s, as a result of which one side was built with double ribs. John Philip replaced  the decks in the early 1970’s and Martin Rosemann replaced the keel in the early 1980’s.

On December 17 2017 PONA came off her moorings at Low Head and went onto a rocky part of the Lagoon Beach where she was stove in several places.  She is now under repair at the Wooden Boat Centre and we expect her to be on the water once more before years end.


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