The varnish and paint brigade
of the Timber Boat Division at the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken
Bay are sprucing up their wooden boats in readiness for their
very popular annual Timber Boat Festival. This year the event
will be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November and they
have a lot of new things happening.
Of course there will be the
wonderful collection of wooden sloops, ketches, yawls, schooners,
motor cruisers large and small and some classics from Halvorsen,
Williams, Herreschoff, Chris Craft, Milcraft and Riva. Many of
these boats are old favourites returning but there will be a
number of first timers as well. Some resourceful boat lovers
have converted commercial trawlers into homes away from home.
Others have built their boats themselves. Some are new and some
old - the oldest is a lovely sloop built in 1895 and still sailing.
You will be cordially invited
on board any boat which takes your interest. These guys just
love showing off their pride and joy. Perhaps you have thought
about buying, building or renovating a boat yourself. What better
opportunity can you get to talk with experienced boat owners
and gain the benefit of their passion and their considerable,
collective boating skills and knowledge.
So much of the craftsmanship
is just inspirational. You will see fine examples of carved handrails,
trail boards and nameplates. Many boats are immaculately painted
and varnished with beautifully oiled planked decks. Some display
finely decorated and upholstered cabins while others are kind
of homely and comfortable just the way their owners like them.
Most are an ongoing work in progress.
A big first this year is the
Couta boat entry. For those who don't know, Couta boats are based
on traditional Port Phillip Bay fishing boats. They are elegantly
gaff rigged open boats and in the right hands, very fast. There
are already around two hundred sailing and racing out of Portsea
and Queenscliff in Victoria and a burgeoning fleet on Pittwater.
The displays will include
interactive demonstrations of electronic navigation equipment,
marine antennae for TV and internet, fender systems, rowing dinghies,
stainless steel fittings, boat cleaning products, the revolutionary
new jet bow thrusters, traditional British Seagull outboard motors
and much more.
This festival is not just
about looking at boats. The wonderful waterfront ambience will
be complimented by some live jazz band music. Weather conditions
permitting there will be opportunities to take a trip out on
Pittwater in an open steam boat, sail on a Couta boat, experience
an on-water demonstration of a Seagull outboard motor or ride
in an electric boat and there is no extra charge for this.
Getting hungry and thirsty?
Well the Royal Motor Yacht Club has an excellent bar and bistro
where they make the most wonderful array of fine foods from real
Aussie hamburgers to full sit down meals at very reasonable prices.
There is a children's menu and the ice cream bar is always a
There is something fascinating,
perhaps even romantic about timber boats that appeals to everybody.
A very fine old nineteenth century seafarer named Joshua Slocum
who was the first person to sail around the world single handed
once said, "My father was the sort of man who, if wrecked
on a desolate island, would find his way home, if he had a jack-knife
and could find a tree."
The Royal Motor Yacht Club would like
to thank our sponsors for their generous support in our 11th
HOUSE , 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport, New South Wales
information about the Timber Boat Festival, contact Sally at
the RMYC on
(02) 9997 5511
or see web site:
photos courtesy of Sally Bacon, Royal Motor Yacht Club, Broken
Westpac Banking Corporation
Nautilus Marine Insurance
The Manly Daily
Horseshoe Cove Marine
Andrew Moore Marine
to the Timber Boat Festival is $5.00 for adults with children
under 16 free and the show is open between 10am and 4pm on both
days. Address is: