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During the restoration and re-painting of Sea Lark, I decided to apply Silky Oak veneer to the transom. This could be easily applied by vacuum bagging. To do this I needed to build a DIY vacuum bagging system as professional systems were way out of reach.

Vacuum bagging uses a vacuum pump to extract the air from inside a vacuum bag and by doing so compress the part under atmospheric pressure in order for the clamping and hardening process to take place.


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members Coastal Cruising 2016



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Ian Kirk recounts a coastal cruising passage with two WBAQ members by sail from Moreton Bay to the southern GBR & return

June 2016


source The Log, WBAQ August, 2016


WBAQ members Ivan Scott, Bruce Morris and Ian Kirk departed from Macleay Island on Ivan’s 10 metre Crowther catamaran ‘Dakini’ for a cruise north on Monday 20th. June.      Initially the trip was entitled ‘Three men in a Boat’ but that somehow in the rampant camaraderie of three mates sailing up the coast morphed into ‘the Cruise of The Cabin Boy’, Bruce being given that title as it was his first foray into the big briny. Of course Ivan was known as ‘Skipper’ because, well, he owns the bloomin’ boat. Ian was then designated ‘First Mate’ because he’d sailed the waters many a time before. Each day ‘Skipper’ would pass on the forecast of winds from the west but somehow northwest was the reality. Of course this on day one meant a nasty bash up to Mooloolaba because duh, the northwest channel runs--?


After recovering from this onslaught to the senses and some feelings of consternation for the green (at the gills too!) ‘Cabinboy’ the torn trampoline was pull-tied together and the hardy crew headed north for Wide Bay in yes, yet another northwester. At least it was light this time. This of course meant a mammoth 16 hour beat with ‘Dakini’ crossing the bar at dawn. This momentous occasion was promptly celebrated with a belated curry dinner beautifully cooked by the ‘Cabin Boy’s ‘wife Debbie. Naturally this was washed down by celebratory glasses of Merlot at 6.30 am. After a big rest ‘Dakini’ headed north into the Sandy Straits where Gary’s anchorage and later lunch at Kingfisher Resort were enjoyed by the ‘Three Men in the boat’.


Then it was off to Urangan to buy a new house battery, repair the trampoline, carry out voting duties and enjoy hot showers and fine food cooked by others. From there the good ship headed to Wathumba hoping to see whales but alas she was a few weeks early for the season. While safely anchored inside the creek a nasty north-wester came in creating surf on the beach. This then shifted to the south west allowing somewhat easier conditions to depart, this being done at 2 am. The sail to Burnett Heads in the dark in a very confused sea and a breeze of 15 knots plus was not the most pleasant having the ‘Cabin Boy’ concerned for his safety. The rampant camaraderie and hilarious laughter was surprisingly subdued until sunup when as usual, all seems better. A day with yachtie friends of the ‘First Mate’ at Burnett Heads included wonderful hot showers, a delightful lunch and transport to and from the shops.


Even the clothes washing was done for us! Then a 10-12 kn SSW breeze had us comfortably sailing north to 1770 with the ‘Cabin Boy’ on the wheel looking very happy and declaring “I’m back!”  A delightful sojourn was had at this anchorage with all the crew finding it hard to leave the bar where great cold beers were served by a friendly North American backpacker, Jasmine. Once again we were heading north the very short distance to the excellent anchorage of Pancake Creek. Here the ‘Skipper’ and the ‘First Mate’ were to have a sensational time while the poor ‘Cabin Boy’ was contained to the boat with a sore foot. To keep it brief the lucky two walked to the Bustard Head lighthouse, chatted to Stuart Buchanan (yachtie and author of the excellent ‘The Lighthouse Keepers’ and ‘Lighthouse of Tragedy’) and who was known to Ian. From there they walked to Jennie Lind Creek in time to see the amphibious LARC cross it. This was followed by a stroll to Aircraft Beach where a plane promptly landed and the two sailors were invited for a free joy ride including two beach landings and a scary fake dud engine take-off provided at no charge by the cheeky pilot.   


 On arriving back at ‘Dakini’ there was some difficulty convincing the ‘Cabin Boy’ that Ivan and Ian had now morphed into ‘two men in a plane,’ that being the Cessna that had just buzzed ‘Dakini‘ stirring an enraged Bruce from his slumbers. From there it was off to Cape Capricorn where ‘Dakini’ anchored under the protection of the headland where the railway runs up to the buildings. Yellow Patch was explored by dinghy from here with all attempts to keep the ‘Cabin Boy’s’ sore foot dry failing miserably. Then followed a run up to Great Keppell Island where glorious beaches, walks , wonderful steaks and more cold beers this time served by ‘Cornwall Lass’ were enjoyed for a few days.  


Departure for home was fast approaching for the ‘First Mate’ and the ‘Cabin Boy’ and once again at cocktail hour the talk was about “Why do so many of the boats anchored near us leave? Is it all the loud laughter from ‘Dakini’ or are we a bit smelly?” Well finally it was off to Rosslyn Bay for the crew to embark on the long train trip home. As we limped into harbour with an obviously ailing motor little did we realise that the ‘Skipper’ would be here for the next two weeks waiting for the really dead motor to be replaced. One thing we all knew was that the ‘Cabin Boy’ was now a blue water sailor who had just had possibly the adventure of a lifetime. So all of this great fun was enjoyed on a grp boat-well the friendships that made this crew so compatible and the cruise  so outrageously wonderful were formed sailing simple wooden boats together and with other great folk from the Wooden Boat Association.  Postscript. Ivan is at the time of writing, cruising the area from Shoalwater Bay to Mackay and his last communication was sent from the homestead at the top of Percy Island, the mecca of all yachties. 

Building an Iain Oughtred  “Gannet”  - Ian College

"Never build an ugly boat" is good advice when choosing the design of a boat.  There are so many lovely designs that a choice is difficult.  I wanted a boat that sailed well, was small enough to sail solo and yet large enough to comfortably take another adult or a couple of grandchildren.  Although I had never seen a "Gannet" I liked the look of the Iain Oughtred boats I had seen.  The "Gannet" seemed to fit the bill.  It is 4.4 m. (14?5") long, beam of 1.73m. (5?8"), sail area 10.96 sq. m. (118sqft).

Read more: Building an Iain Oughtred  “Gannet”  - Ian College 

Great Sandy Strait Cruise

Dave Mickelthwaite  


There were 5 participants in this year's cruise from Carlo Point heading north up the Great Sandy Strait: Rick Sutton with his John Welsford Navigator, Rick O' Donnell with his Iain Oughtred Fulmar, Jim Inglis with his own design boat , Dave Micklethwaite with his Austral 20 trailer sailer (sigh, plastic!) and Tony Deane with his Laurent Giles Jolly Boat.  

Read more: Great Sandy Strait Cruise 

General view of the festivalLike a child in a chocolate factory, it was hard to know where to start.  The miles of marina packed with magnificence, or the scores of small boats ranging from furniture quality to restoration opportunity.  The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart from 6 to 9 February this year was something to behold.
In addition to the look and feel and admire boats of all sizes, the place was alive with activity.  Children (of all ages) rowing and paddling in Constitution Dock and beyond; demonstrations of most things related to wood and boats; the sail past; rowing events; tall ships (although two were missing due to bad weather); harbour cruises; the Open Boat program; it was all there.
The WBAQ, including wives and friends, had a sizeable contingent present. Between the lot of us, there are probably enough photos for a picture night lasting well over a fortnight (I can only contribute 489). Queensland boats I spotted included Classic (see cover photo), Laurabada, and Pagan.
With side trips to the Franklin Wooden Boat Centre, the Tasmanian Maritime Museum and Mt Wellington on a clear day, all made this first trip for me to the famous festival a real highlight. Edward Elcock

Noosa Classic Boat Regatta Messabout

Ron Prescott


Once again the messabout we held in conjunction with the Classic Boat Regatta was a great success. The Regatta was very well attended and  filled the marina at Tewantin.  The boats were on display to the public till 11:00 a.m.  There was a varied selection of gleaming varnish and polished fittings, mainly power boats of all shapes and sizes. 

Read more: Noosa Classic Boat Regatta Messabout


5-7th October 2012

by Ian Primrose


The Regatta started in the traditional way on Friday evening with a meet'n'greet cruising up Tweed on the "MV Golden Swan". There were 27 "official" entries for the Regatta plus a few "tag-alongs" and a couple of non-starters It was a 9 am start up the River on Saturday for most with a few stragglers slow off the mark. There was a good mix of boats including putt-putts, motor launches, sailing boats and outboard propelled jobs. The weather was fantastic with clear skies and a light breeze.


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 brothers were involved in yachting out of Bulimba at the turn of the century - not the last turn, the one before.

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



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