The Wooden Boat Association of NSW Australia is part of a national community of wooden boat enthusiasts, with similar organisations in most states and territories. Links to other sites can be found via the sidebar menu. Ownership of a wooden boat is not a requirement to join; just a desire to enjoy, share and promote an appreciation of wooden boats of all shapes and sizes. An award is presented annually to acknowledge the person (not necessarily a member) who completed a project which best contributes to our objectives of encouraging the retention of wooden boat building skills or the preservation of wooden boats or maritime artefacts – see Hal Harpur Award on sidebar.
Members receive a monthly copy of Scuttlebutt, our colour printed newsletter containing details of current activities, articles of interest and coming events, and an optional electronic digest via email. Previous editions of Scuttlebutt are available for download from this website (see Scuttlebutt sidebar menu).
Regular meetings are held in Sydney, featuring a guest speaker or other topic of interest, and provide an opportunity for members and guests to catch up over dinner (optional), ask for advice and share progress reports on current projects. Non-members are always welcome; ask for one of the committee members listed below if you don’t know where to start.
Social events are held throughout the year, giving boat owners and others the opportunity to catch up with real boats as the focus rather than a meeting room.
Gladesville Sporties have been our generous hosts for many years but a refurbishment program will be undertaken at the Club in 2021 and space will not be available for the WBA general meetings. We look forward to returning to Gladesville Sporties at a future date.
The next General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 14 February 2023.
WBA Apprentice Award Scheme
The WBA NSW is offering support to apprentice shipwrights and boatbuilders working on wooden boat projects by donating specialist woodworking tooling to the value of $500
Applications are sought from apprentices currently enrolled in Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction.
Please see the two downloads below for more details
NEXT MEETING & OTHER EVENTS
Tuesday, 14 February 2023 - General Meeting: Member Projects
Tuesday, 14 March 2023 - General Meeting: Brett Mould- Norglass Paints
10 - 13 February 2023 - Australian Wooden Boat Festival - Hobart
Saturday, 25 February 2023- WBA Bantry Bay Raft-up