The idea of building a boat was planted when my son, Jesse Wagner, was clearing up at his S.A. Boatshed “Goolwa Wooden Boats” and he found the half-finished stations for the mould, and the instruction book “Rip,Strip, and Row ! A Builder’s guide to the Cosine Wherry” by J.D Brown. Jesse had built many beautiful boats by that time, and insisted that it was time the “old man” had a go.
I have been a custom furniture maker for many years in Beechworth, and had a fully equipped woodworking shop, but I had never built anything designed to float on water!
So, years later, with patient assistance from Jan, making and fitting all the strips, hours of sanding and fibreglassing, we eventually brought her half-finished to Tasmania, where we found Jeremy Clowes and Cygnet Wooden Boats, who watched over the final stages of assembly with occasional encouragement and advice. The inspiration of being among real shipwrights and boaties, and living in this magical part of Tassie, between Cygnet Bay and the Huon River, made it imperative to get this little boat finished and launched !
So…Here she is, and indeed, she floats ! Right side up ! And rows beautifully!
The name “Scarbro” is in memory of Jan’s great-great-great grandfather Joseph Wright, who came to Australia on
“Scarborough” with the First Fleet.