History of the Couta Boat
Designed to catch barracouta in the open waters of Bass Strait, Couta Boats supplied Melbourne with an abundance of barracouta up until the 1960s, when inboard engines started to become widely used.
Displaying tremendous seafaring capabilities, exceptional speed, a large functional cockpit and spectacular, classic lines there is little wonder Couta Boats have experienced an extraordinary revival.
With knowledge passed down from local fisherman and boat builders, such as Jack Norling, Harry Clarke, Peter Locke and Ken Lacco our Couta Boats represent generations of evolution and refinement, years of dedication to learning and applying the skills and traditions of a bygone era.
Having serviced and restored hundreds of Couta Boats over the past few decades, we have carefully analysed potential structural failures and weaknesses along with hull shape and design. It is from this experience that the construction of our new Couta Boats have been perfected. Emerging from our factory the new Couta Boats have shown unrivalled speed, acceleration and handling, collecting line honours in every major regatta and race.
- Length: 26’6"
- Beam: 10’
- Draft: 3’3”
- Power: Yanmar 3YM 20
- Sail area: 600 square feet
- Available in three sizes, 20’ , 24’ , 26’
- Fleets sailing in five states
- Easy to sail, race or cruise
When I decided to have a new Couta boat built, my first port of call was to see the boys at The Wooden Boat Shop who have been building the Couta boats since their revival back in the early 1980s. After consultation with WBS they produced a set of plans that incorporated some of my own criteria and some improvements from WBS’s experience with previous boats they had built.
As a boat builder of many racing yachts and commercial craft it was a great pleasure to have the boat built and to follow and be involved in the process. The project was everything I hoped for from the outset, quality of build is superb and the boat was completed in a timely manner.
Jocelyn is a gem to sail and handles without vices in all weather conditions, she has proven to be extremely competitive among the Sorrento fleet.
If you are considering a new Couta Boat I have no hesitation in recommending the Wooden Boat Shop with the highest regard.