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Very Slender Rib








The Wooden Boatshop are VSR Labs Authorised Dealers in Australia


VSRs are designed and manufactured by VSR Labs - the professionals choice. They offer strong, light-weight construction with superior seagoing characteristics and excellent fuel efficiency. The VSR offers a safe, comfortable and dry ride.


- Wave piercing. Narrow water line, fine, long, deep entry and light weight construction

- Easily driven hull.Very low fuel consumption, low hp requirement, engine longevity

- Maneuverability at low speed. A deeper forefoot gives directional stabiliy

- Lays a-hull when stopped. Other ribs blow off at the bow and start sailing down wind

- Ergonomic. Comfortable, dry, smooth and safe. Less back pain!

- VSR - Very Slender Ribs are the perfect choice for coaching




VSR 5.8


Specifications


Length: 5.8m
Beam: 2.15m
Displacement, dry: 310kg
Engine, recommended: 60HP
Engine max: 70HP
Speed max (30HP): 30 kt
Max Load capacity: 600kg
Hull Colour: White gelcoat
Tube Colour: Alpine blue

Features


Moulded, vacuum infused hull, deck and console
Quadraxial glass fibre, vinylester resin construction
Reinforced stern structure
Moulded non slip deck
Built in 60L polyethylene fuel tank
Fabric Impression Orca 828 Hypalon tubes
6 air chambers with pressure relief valves
Horizontal safety lines
Flat rubbing strakes, rubbing strake protection under bow
Console locker, battery locker & wet locker
Forward anchor locker, dry storage under seat
Upholstered double jockey seat with backrest
Stainless steel bow protection
3 lifting points
Self draining tube

Options


Navigation lights
Compass
VHF radio
Sunbrella boat cover
Choice of tube colour





VSR F10


Specifications


Length: 5.15m
Beam: 2.15m
Displacement, dry: 220kg
Engine, recommended: 30HP
Engine max: 40HP
Speed max (30HP): 22 kts
Speed max (40HP): 27 kts
Max Load capacity: 350kg
Hull Colour: White gelcoat
Tube Colour: Military Grey

Features


Innovative waterballast system for increased stability at rest
Quadraxial glass fibre, vinylester resin construction
Reinforced stern structure
Fabric Impression Orca 828 Hypalon tubes
5 air chambers with pressure relief valves
Horizontal safety lines
Flat rubbing strakes, rubbing strake protection under bow
Console locker, battery locker, dry storage under seat
Double upholstered jockey seat with backrest
Stainless steel bow protection
3 lifting points
Self draining tube
Ultraflex cable steering system
Battery isolation switch
Removable 20L fuel tank

Options


Hydraulic Steering
Navigation lights
Compass
VHF radio
Sunbrella boat cover





Testimonials


“As you know I have a number of boats including the Couta boat, the Chris Craft and an electric boat. I used to have an aluminium runabout that I replaced with a VSR Rib.

I have to tell you that it is the best investment I could have made and is one of the boats that I enjoy most of all. I use it to go to my 55ft motor yacht, to commute to the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, to go to Queenscliff, to take family and friends around the shores of Portsea all the way to Rye and Dromana.

It has just been a fantastic and versatile boat; very, very safe and even if it is windy, I can go out on this boat and not get wet. At 10 knots, 20 knots and 30+ knots I still don't get wet!

It is easy to drive and for the level of investment, provides very versatile usage. It is even good to go calamari fishing in!

I have tested the boat in all sorts of different conditions in the bay and have always felt safe; even in 1.5 meter waves I don't get wet!

A fantastic craft and congratulations; I'm glad I bought one”

GIORGIO S. GJERGJA
Winner of the 1996 Sydney/Hobart
Australian winning team 1996 Kenwood cup





“I'm in awe of these new VSR Ribs. Their design and construction are a break through in terms of sea going capabilities. They've totally revolutionized light displacement high speed powerboats. To think that you can travel at nearly top speed on a 20 knot seabreeze day with 5 foot seas, not get wet AND stay in control is amazing!”

JOHN BERTRAND AM
World Champion
Olympic sailor
Winning Americas cup skipper
Australia's most famous yachtsman





“For our Emerging Nations Program that we are running as a lead up to Perth 2011 we needed two RIB coach boats. From a coaching point of view the vertical bowed VSRs were an obvious choice. They are capable of keeping up with a RSX board sailing over 20 knots and at the same time keep the coach dry. They are well built, economical and even came in our aqua blue colour.”

JOHN LONGLEY
AM event Director








Please enquire via telephone for the possibility of VSR hire

Clinker Dinghy








Overview


Based on the fishermans type dinghies of old our dinghies offer the opportunity to own something unique.
Each model is available in two versions, to sail or row.

The gaff rigged sailing versions make ideal all round knock abouts.

Copper fastened with steam bent frames, fitted with laminated and tapered knees, our dinghies boast great carrying capacities.

Our boats are built with a  blend of modern technologies and traditional skills to ensure a hardy boat with a timeless elegance.

Our dinghy plans and materials are also available and present a challenging and fulfilling experience for the accomplished woodworker.









Specifications

Model (L.O.A) 10'6"
Beam     4'11"
Sail Area     63 square feet
Power     2 1/2 Hp outboard
Carrying capacity     3 People




Model (L.O.A) 12'
Beam     5'
Sail Area     104 square feet
Power     2 1/2 Hp outboard
Carrying capacity     4 People







Heritage


In the days of fishing under sail a clinker dinghy was an essential work boat for most fisherman. Beautifully functional dinghies were built for rowing, sailing and always for carrying a large load. The Cray fishing dinghies often carried as many as 8 or 9 large cray pots.

The tender to the Storm Bay was 12’ L.O.A. with a beam of 5’. The Huon Pine clinker planking was 3/8” thick, an extremely robust vessel to which fishermen staked their lively-hood on. She was fitted with a wet well that could keep up to five dozen mixed fish alive between “net-shots” or returning to the Storm.

Some were fitted for sailing , lug rigged with centre-boards through the wet wells.

The load carrying capacity of this dinghy was quite amazing. There was always a fine line between the size of the boat and what one man could row, or two men could haul aboard the mother ship, often hurriedly, sometimes in very hazardous weather when time was essential to escape a lee shore under sail.

“I have rowed the Storm’s dinghy with heavy loads into contrary winds through long summer days and rarely became wearied of it. The dinghy was in use for almost 40 years non stop. When the family sold the Storm Bay in 1963, the dinghy went with her.” Jim Bridge. (1999)






The WBS Dinghies are based on the Tasmanian cray-fishing boats built by such Famous artisans as Percy Coverdale,Wilson Brothers and Ned Jack, to tender big boats such as Storm Bay and Derwent Hunter. Big, beamy and balanced these dinghies were revered, today they are a joy to sail.

Whether drifting around fishing or going for a “Swallows and Amazon” camping cruise our dinghies can do it all. Quick and easy to rig their conservative, balanced sail plan will astound you when they ghost along in a light breeze, then get up and start to plane on the reach in a fresh breeze.

The swing centre-board and folding rudder make launching, retrieving & getting off the beach under sail easy. When the breeze is down the 2 hp outboard, a pull of the oars or skulling will shoot them home in a calm.

With all the beauty of copper fastenings and steam bent frames, long stylish graceful knees our dinghies are available in solid timber or plywood clinker construction, epoxy 2 pack painted making them virtually maintenance free.



Wyuna Launch 









An evolution of over 165 years guiding ships in and out of Port Phillip Heads, this rugged little workboat will astound you with her seaworthy nature and clean sweeping lines.

Hand built clinker style, with an African Teak fitout and a classic Yanmar "putt putt" this little dream boat turns heads wherever she goes.







Outline Specifications


Length Overall: 18'
Draft: 2'
Beam: 7'3"
Engine: Yanmar 2GMY 12hp @ 3200 RPM
Features:
Comfortable seating for up to 8 adults
Simple gear and throttle controls make her highly manouverable and easy to handle
The sturdy spray dodger gives instant protection from the elements
Traditional soft fendering is practical around the marina or when alongside
An evolutionary workboat 'designed by the pilots for the pilots' for use around the treacherous Port Phillip Heads

Engine


The Wyuna is fitted with a 2GMFY Yanmar diesel
At 155 kg this little beuty is no light weight
Imported for the Wyuna from Japan, these engines are made to order
Heat exchanger cooling and good old-fashioned direct gear lever control, this cast iron engine has all of the characteristics you would expect from an engine built in the 60'S
Electric start or hand cranked
Smooth and low revving

Features


- Comfortable seating for up to 8 adults
- Simple gear and throttle controls make her highly manouverable and easy to handle
- The sturdy spray dodger gives instant protection from the elements
- Traditional soft fendering is practical around the marina or when alongside
- An evolutionary workboat 'designed by the pilots for the pilots' for use around the treacherous Port Phillip Heads







 

Heritage


A Brief History of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots 

In 1839 George Tobin was granted the first Pilots license. Camped on the beach under Shortland Bluff, the Pilots where the first white men to inhabit this area. With only whale boats, crewed usually by five convicts to put to sea in, the Pilots were not required to board ships outside the heads, if wind and tide permitted they usually did so. In bad weather it was their practice to signal the ships from inside the heads and guide them on a safe course.

Many ships came to grief in the Rip, only the pilots and their crews were available to give immediate assistance. Incredible feats were performed, on the occasion of the wreck of the Isabella, George Tobin swam through the surf to fix a line to the ship which allowed the passengers to reach the safety of the shore.

A larger vessel was needed to allow the Pilots to be stationed outside the heads. In 1852 the Brigantine Boomerang was purchased, however a square rigged vessel proved to be unhandy in bad weather. In early 1853 she was replaced by the Corsair, a celebrated cutter of the Royal Yacht Squadron. Built on the Isle of Wight she was 63'6"x 18'9"x9'6" 51 tons and she became Cruising Pilot Cutter for No 1 company.

The schooner Rip was built for £4,528 in 1861 at Cedar Point, St Johns, New Brunswick, Canada and she was based on the New York Pilot Schooners, said to be the only exact sister ship to the famous Schooner America designed by George Steers. Fine ended with long over hangs, the counter stern was shortened by 8' to prevent the slamming when hove to outside. In service for 40 years, on July 15th 1873 Rip was swamped by huge seas in a south westerly gale off Point Nepean, with the loss of four lives and tales of heroism the vessel survived  after drifting dismasted, back through the heads. Corsair in similar circumstances on May 2nd 1874 was not so lucky becoming a total wreck missing stays whilst tacking out.

Wyuna


Purpose built by Ferguson Bros, Glascow, UK in 1953 is a twin screw diesel electric ship. The Pilot vessel on station would employ two crews each serving one week about and the change taking place between 9.00am & 11.00 am every Monday. The last cruising Pilot Cutter to be used at Queenscliff, she stayed in service until 1978 when she was sold to the Australian Maritime College for use as a training vessel.

The tenders of Wyuna and her predecessors were used to transfer the pilots from the cruising pilot cutters to the waiting ships. These small plucky work boats often had to operate in severe conditions. One account in the Herald in the early 60s was of a breakdown with Wyuna, unable to pick up her launch in heavy weather, the launch ran fair wind in 35 knots of WSW for the safety of Western Port Bay, by the time the Wyuna caught up, the launch was abeam of Cape Shcank.

These functional launches were an evolving design dating back to the earliest days of the cruising pilot cutters. Rowed by two oarsmen or with fair wind, sailed with a dipping lug rig.The launch was lowered away to weather of the waiting ship and then picked up to leeward.

The shape of the launches, changed to facilitate the operation of petrol Simplex engines in the early 40's, and later Yanmar diesel engines in the early 60's.

Our 18-ft Port Phillip Pilot Launch design mirrors these later boats. The lines were lifted from Betsy, one of the last launches built by master shipwright Jack Beazley who worked for the service from 1945 for over 50 years. Jack generaly built one boat per year, on inspecting our new launch Wyuna, upon completion, he stated "she's a dinki di pilot boat, if ya saw her steaming around you'd think shes just dropped off the ship".

Kooyong 28





Overview


With a Kooyong 28 you can experience the romance and adventure of the seas as you explore great locations of Port Phillip Bay. Take your family and friends to picnic or overnight in locations that were p reviously out of reach. Cruise the bay, watch spectacular sunsets or simply take in the delights the boat and the rich coastlines have to offer.

Famous for the iconic Couta Boats, Nepean and Cheviot Launches, The Wooden Boat Shop gives you the new Kooyong range. The various styles and options are tailored to suit the vast array of activities that equal the dream lifestyle by the sea.

The natural highlights of the oiled African Teak decking, brilliance of the polyurethane paint, patina on the raw bronze fittings, all enduring features that will stand the rigors of time. Hand crafted from the finest base materials your Kooyong will look great and be economical to maintain for generations.

The Kooyong 28s variable dead rise planning hull was designed by Australia’s leading naval architect, Andrew Dovell. Combined with the Wooden Boat Shops unique styling and construction method, paired with twin outboards or optional stern drive, performance, comfort and safety at sea are assured.










Specifications


- All wooden construction with epoxy/glass fibre sheathed hull
- Laid African Teak deck and sole
- Ultra- low maintenance polyurethane paint finishes
- Twin F115 (230hp) Yamaha 4 stroke outboard installation with hydraulic steering
- Anchoring with electric windlass
- 12v Marine head
- Electrical system with LED nav lights, chart plotter

Kooyong 28 Walkaround


- Centre console with seating for three adults
- Marine head and lockable storage for fishing gear, entry through console
- Table with forward and aft seating, forward seat with adjustable bolster the swivels between forward and aft facing
- Table drops to combine with seating to create sun lounge
- Bow rider seating for letting the wind blow through your hair
- Walk through transom

Kooyong 28 Runabout


- Lounge style seat at the helm
- Chaise lounge on the portside converts to forward facing crew seat when underway- Marine head and lockable storage in fo’csle’, entry through bulkhead
- Table with forward and aft seating, forward seat with adjustable bolster the swivels between forward and aft facing. Table drops to combine with seating to create sun lounge
- Walk through transom

Kooyong 28 Launch Open


- Comfortable fo’csle’ with V-berth and enclosed head
- Helm and crew seats
- Table for dining with deck chairs
- Option for full function galley, BBQ and fridge
- Walk through transom to swim platform
- Optional diesel sterndrive

Kooyong 28 Launch Hardtop


- Comfortable fo’csle’ with V-berth and enclosed head
- Helm and crew seats
- Table for dining with deck chairs
- Option for full function galley, BBQ and fridge
- Walk through transom to swim platform
- Optional diesel sterndrive




Mark

Couta Boat


 




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.











Heritage


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.















Specifications


- Length: 26’6"
- Beam: 10'
- Draft: 3’3"
- Power: Yanmar 3YM 20
- Sail area: 600 Square feet






Features


- Available in three sizes, 20’ , 24’ , 26'
- Fleets sailing in five states of Australia
- Easy to sail, race or cruise





Testimonials


When I decided to have a new Couta boat built, my first port of call was to see the boys at The Wooden Boatshop 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 Boatshop with the highest regard.

MAL HART





Mark



CONTACT
61 3 5984 4 333

SALES@WOODENBOATSHOP.COM.AU

129 HOTHAM ROAD, SORRENTO,  VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA 
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CONTACT
61 3 5984 4 333

SALES@WOODENBOATSHOP.COM.AU

129 HOTHAM ROAD, SORRENTO,  VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA 
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