I have had the pleasure of exhibiting Tamar Lass at AWBF since 2005. I have recently moved to Wollongong in NSW, but have kept Tamar Lass in Hobart. As a Tasmanian built boat, showcasing several Tasmanian timbers, she is an excellent example of a very popular design Buccaneer from the 1960’s and 70’s (also called the Primat in some countries). Originally designed to be built from marine ply, the builder has used King Billy Pine and strip planking, making this boat quite unique. The full timber elongated cabin improves the look, and the King Billy keel with lead ballast improves the performance. At previous AWBF’s I have met some of the (now deceased) builder’s family, who were thrilled to see the boat still going strong. I have also met a previous owner, a previous owner of the same design who sailed his around Australia, and a dutch gentleman who did his apprenticeship with Van de Stadt in Holland, and recalled preparing wood packs for the Buccaneer in Van de Stadt’s wood yard when the design was first released.
I am having her professionally finished this year so she should look great. I hope she makes the cut this year as I think she makes an interesting and attractive exhibition.