UNA was donated to the Spring Bay Community Boat Shed by Chris Lester, the last of a long line of previous owners.
She was named UNA in honour of a previous owner’s mother.
The Spring Bay Community Boat Shed believes that the design of UNA was based on an American pattern runabout, a design at least 100 years old.
She has been modified into a work boat by the addition of the fore and aft towing posts, and was used as such on Macquarie Harbour.
After her transfer to Dover, she was refurbished and the large skeg added, along with a bigger motor. Again, she was used as a work boat.
It is planned to install a modern diesel motor and gearbox and a replacement rudder. A forward control console will be fitted. The original Invincible motor will be restored to working condition as a static display. A new floor and seating will be provided. A sun canopy will also be fitted.
Once restored, UNA will be kept on a mooring in Spring Bay, and used by the Spring Bay Community Boat Shed for on water activities, primarily in East Coast waters. UNA will also be trailer-able to other Tasmanian locations.
The Spring Bay Community Boat Shed is based at The Village in Triabunna, and is part of the Eastcoast Regional Development Organisation Inc. Meetings are held most Monday mornings, and on other days as required. We are privileged to be responsible for a significant collection of small wooden boats from the Spring Bay area.