Ski boat donated to the WBC

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One of our ex students Don Stratton has just donated this 1960's Ski Boat to us.  There are a couple of options for this boat.  It could be restored if someone would like to take on the boat and provide the funds for the restoration, then own the vessel.  Otherwise we will slot the restoration into our education program next year, restore then sell on.

Beautiful retro styling going on with this one.  Also a pretty tidy hull already.  A good project boat.  

Thanks Don for the donation and the delivery from Victoria.  Much appreciated.

Two weeks in the boat shed

 Salvatore' is a design student from Italy.  He has strong wood working skills and was looking to spend some time in the boat shed to learn about traditional wooden design and boatbuilding techniques.  He spent time with Mike Johnson steaming ribs and fabricating timber components on a Foster 10.  He also assisted Pete Laidlaw replacing a plank on the old 18' Couta boat.  He loved his time with us and I'm sure will replicate some of these skills when he establishes his planned design collective business back home.    We regularly offer short stints of time to people wishing to experience the boat shed work environment or to those wishing to acquire a particular bunch of skills.

Salvatore' is a design student from Italy.  He has strong wood working skills and was looking to spend some time in the boat shed to learn about traditional wooden design and boatbuilding techniques.  He spent time with Mike Johnson steaming ribs and fabricating timber components on a Foster 10.  He also assisted Pete Laidlaw replacing a plank on the old 18' Couta boat.  He loved his time with us and I'm sure will replicate some of these skills when he establishes his planned design collective business back home.  

We regularly offer short stints of time to people wishing to experience the boat shed work environment or to those wishing to acquire a particular bunch of skills.

Taiwanese TV visits the Wooden Boat Centre

On Friday we had an extended visit from the film crew that were filming the popular I - Walker travel program to be screened later in the year.  The show follows their celebrities Paul and Vicki around to interesting locations worldwide to inspire tourism experiences.  It has a family audience but targets the 25 - 44 year olds.  It is screened weekly in Taiwan as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Los Angeles.  It also has an online broadcast to China.

The crew toured the Wooden Boat Centre, experienced a Calm Water Sail onboard Yukon and were treated to a locally inspired lunch provided by Kate from Chomps Elysees Catering.  We expect Franklin to be 'big in Taiwan' by later in the year.

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David and Pete are 'caulkers'

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David Nash and Pete Laidlaw discussing caulking tools.  It's funny where some of our slang terms must have come from.  To be a 'caulker' is surely the welcome worker that does the caulking job for you.  However both David and Peter seem to be enjoying the caulking job on Leshelen.  Hoping to have Leshelen back in the water by the very end of the month.  Then the work will continue, but this will be done 'on the water'.

For Sale: 15' Canadian Canoe $7,500

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We agaonised over what to charge for this Canadian Canoe built by Pete Heading.  There is about 200 hours required by an experienced boatbuilder to make the craft. So we charged much less than our charge out rate but in an affordable range.  All money made from the sale of this craft will be reinvested into the operations of the Wooden Boat Centre.  This will be used to share knowledge and skills of wooden boatbuilding.

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Rob's Rocker

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Rob Taylor volunteers with us on Thursdays.  As a retired builder he is keen to keep his hands on the tools but not too often.  He is building the first 'Jolly Rocker' boat shaped childs rocker that should soon be for sale through our gift shop. The rocker is mostly made of plywood with a Tas Oak rocking mechanism.  It will have speciality timber features - knees, thwart and breastplate.  Rob has used the stitch and glue technique on the construction.