Saved from certain death, this little boat was brought back to life by one of our nation’s most respected builders of small boat’s, Ned Trewartha. Like many a restoration, the enormity of her problems soon surfaced. Little remains of the original hull’s 6 planks, half the stem and half of the transom.
The original fish-well gave way to a centre-case that sits in a large open cockpit (relatively) that’s framed by a Huon Pine laid deck.
Our aim was to create a capable day boat. What eventuated was a small expedition craft. We can go away for up to a week and not step foot on land. Her boom tent and internal layout complement comfortable camp cruising. Her cray boat roots and low centre of effort gaff rig, means she highly stable and able to manage the tough conditions Tassie waters throw at her.
Our adventures have included a four-day circumnavigation of Bruny Island, several trips to Recherche Bay, three days across Macquarie Habour up the Franklin and back to Strahan, several trips travelling the length of the Tamar, the same on the Derwent, four days on the Yarra also exploring the Maribyrnong and Williamstown, five days from Hobart to the Lune River, four days Cygnet to Nubeena and return and a five day trip from Cygnet to Coles Bay via the Dunalley Canal.
If Festival goers would like to learn more about camp cruising in a small boat, we’d welcome their questions.