Wooden Boat

Association of Queensland

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Friday, October 25, 2019
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Saturday, November 02, 2019 - Sunday, November 03, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:30pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019

National Festivals


Welcome to the Wooden Boat Association of Queensland!

We are an association of enthusiasts with  a shared passion for wooden boats. Within that general definition our members represent a broad range of boats and special interests encompassing -

  • Boats ranging from 100 years old to those barely begun.
  • Boats powered by sail, steam, diesel, oars or paddles. 
  • Ultra-light canoes and kayaks thru putt-putts, trailer sailers, thru to large boats on permanent moorings.
  • Both new constructions and restorations.
  • Construction techniques including Stitch & Glue, Strip Plank, Lap-strake Ply, Traditional Clinker.

Our members variously enjoy designing, building, sailing, messing about in and talking about wooden boats. We welcome all current and potential wooden boat enthusiasts to our association. Our subscription is inexpensive, our activities are varied and interesting, and our culture is open, friendly and inclusive.


The main aims of the WBAQ are:

To foster and promote an active interest in all matters relating to the history, development and future, and the building, restoration and preservation of wooden boats in Queensland;

To encourage and promote contact with interstate and overseas organizations with similar interests;

Please scroll to bottom of page for membership information

From our archives

  • Book Review: A Manual of Boat and Yacht Sailing, Dixon Kemp By John Milne

    I was interested to read Martin's Kortlucke's note a while back on "American Sailing Craft" (1936). It helped to explain to me the wide interest in Australia in wooden boats from that part of the world. My own inspiration comes from the Brits and the rise of the British Victorian gentleman's indulgence in yacht racing. My great grandparents emigrated from England bringing with them a copy of Dixon Kemp's sailing manual printed in 1880 - the year my grandfather was born. My grandmother and her br...