Since 1992, we have been preserving Wooden Boat Building Traditions and fulfilling peoples dreams to build or restore their own wooden boat. 

The Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania is the only Wooden Boatbuilding School still operating in Australia.  We offer anyone from novices to skilled wood workers, the opportunity to develop traditional craft skills through short courses or a 1 Year ‘Shipwright Level 1 Course'.  We offer training courses from wooden oars, traditional rowing and sailing dinghies, heritage restorations to modern sustainable boatbuilding. Explore our range of courses here

We are open:
Weekdays     9.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm

Sunday 10.00am to 2.00pm

Contact us on +61 3 6266 3586 or email

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For further reading we're proud to include a paper on our founding philosophy here, including an introduction by David Hume. You can also read the inaugural lecture given by John Young on the History and Ethos of the Wooden Boat Centre he

“Tasmania is a place where I can escape entirely. I love my boat, and would like to sail to Wineglass Bay when I next get a break.”

— Tetsuya Wakuda - chef and owner of 'Belle', an 11m cruiser built by WBCT