Roscoe Barnett is a Kettering boat owner and wooden boat tragic.
He is a member of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc and has been the On Water Manager / Dockmaster for the last five festivals, a member and past president of the Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania, a member of the Kettering Yacht Club and a committee member of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.
As well as owning Maori Lass for the last 23 years Roscoe and Cheryl Barnett have a collection of assorted clinker dinghies and a couple of Piners Punts as well!
Tim Oxley recently caught up with Roscoe to ask him about Maori Lass and where he keeps her.
TO: Roscoe, what can you tell us about Maori Lass?
RB: Maori Lass was designed by H.E. Cox and was built by Ron Andrewartha assisted by his two sons in Letitia Street North Hobart in 1948/9 and launched from Franklin Wharf in 1950. She is built from Celery Top Pine on Blue Gum frames and weighing in at 6 tons.
She sailed and raced the Derwent before heading to Sydney, on to the Great Barrier Reef then in 1976 headed off from Darwin, returning to Sydney in 1982 via the two canals. When Cheryl and I took over the custodianship in 1993, she had been let go for a few years and we started the restoration job that is still in progress today! She has been splined from the keel to the waterline and had new floors, mast step, some refastening, some new ribs, new decks and numerous other jobs. I am currently replacing half the galley.
She hasn’t been used as much as I would have liked, but now I’m retired things will change! Cheryl loves sailing and we plan to enjoy more time exploring the channel.
RB: I met the Andrewartha family shortly after we purchased Maori Lass her and fortunately I have accumulated a substantial amount of memorabilia along with the original blueprints, a half model and recently a full size model, ¾” to the foot which was also built in 1949 by the builder’s son Bob.
I feel very privileged to have all this material relating to her.
“now I’m retired things will change!”
TO: And where do you keep your boat, Roscoe?
RB: She’s kept at the South Haven Marina, Kettering, a very handy spot, being right on the Channel. The marina doesn’t have a slipway or marine services as such, however there is a marvellous travel lift, hard stand area and first class services at the Oyster Cove Marina just across Little Oyster Cove. Over the years, both South Haven Marina and Oyster Cove Marina along with the Oyster Cove Chandlery management have been very generous supporters of the AWBF and the KWBR. South Haven Marina does boast the Mermaid Café which I can highly recommend for their bacon and egg rolls with a fresh coffee, and of course all their other meals.
Little Oyster Cove (Kettering) is always a popular destination for interstate boat owners after the AWBF and the Kettering Yacht Club in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Guild hosts the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally on the off year to the AWBF where wooden boat owners can get out on the Channel and have a good sail in the company of other wooden boats .
Thanks, Roscoe for telling us more about Maori Lass!
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