News

MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival 8-11 February 2019


GM’s Log – January/February 2019

If the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival was a tugboat, right now the throttle would be wide open, the towline tight and the windows rattling – it’s flank speed ahead for the big event, now just days away.  The amount of backstage work going on is monumental: printing signs and programs, working out the […]

Read More


Message from the Chairman – January/February 2019

Well, not long to go now!  Only a few sleeps – or for those travelling by sea, a handful of watches – before we have the remarkable parade of sail, to start the 2019 MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival! This extraordinary spectacle is not to be missed, and I venture to suggest there are […]

Read More

The Muir’s Boatyard Heritage

In 2018, we marked the 70th anniversary of Muir’s Boatyard, one of the best-known names in Tasmanian boatbuilding in the period following the Second World War. Originally founded in 1948 by Ernest J ‘Jock’ Muir, the boatyard turned out some of Australia’s most celebrated yachts, including Sydney-Hobart race winners – Westward (1947, handicap), now maintained […]

Read More

Isn’t She Pretty?

  Well, yes, she is.  This is the elegant Haven 12 1/2 nearing completion in Franklin at the Wooden Boat Centre (yes, there are serious bushfires nearby, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed).  Handmade by skilled shipwrights, this is a labour of love and an extraordinary cooperation between alumni of the Northwest School of Wooden […]

Read More

Mal’s Panels

He’s a familiar face around the Hobart waterfront and a frequent traveller abroad in pursuit of wooden boat adventures – Mal Riley is also one of the masters of the Lady Nelson, a long-time publicity officer with the Bureau of Meteorology and a regular contributor to AFLOAT magazine.  Mal Riley is also something of a […]

Read More

Messing About in (Mini) Boats

  In Kenneth Graham’s classic Wind in the Willows, Mole and Ratty are out for a day on the river in Rat’s little boat. He advises Mole that: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”. We have no argument […]

Read More

Cruisin’ Down the Channel

The Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania (CYCT) will be hosting a post My State Australian Wooden Boat Festival cruise. The cruise will leave Hobart on 12 February and finish in Franklin on Thursday 14 February The first stop will be at Quarantine Bay on the evening of the 12th where the CYCT will be hosting […]

Read More

Blundstone Shipwright’s Village, American Precinct and Small Stages

There is an enduring fascination with the traditional crafts and skills that have been essential to the art of wooden boat building over centuries.  Many of these skills will be on display with lively demonstrations and discussions at the Blundstone Shipwrights’ Village – a popular part of the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Steaming […]

Read More