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Welcome to The Wooden Boatshop

Home of the Couta Boat

When Tim Phillips and a group of like-minded friends were messing around with old Couta Boats and started the Portsea fishing boat Regatta (now The Portsea Cup) back in late 1970s, Tim identified a strong interest among the public for recreational boats with working origins.

Already a master builder Tim undertook an informal boat building apprenticeship, Restoring Couta Boat Wattle with Jack Norling and building the 28’ couta boat Sally with Ken Lacco. Wooden Boat Shop (WBS) was then founded upon a demand to share in the romance and pleasures of wooden boats and the nautical lifestyle.

From a humble back yard beginning, WBS has built into an operation with 5 factories on two separate locations offering services from a D-shackle on a Sunday morning before sailing, to new vessel constructions, WBS has a vast array of services to assure all your boating needs are available from one stop. We also stock a large selection of chandlery and boat fittings.

“Staffed by passionate boaters and master craftsmen with traditional skills, the WBS pride themselves on placing quality and function ahead of all else.”

Our Locations

WBS Sorrento

The Wooden Boatshop occupies 2½ acres in the historic Victorian settlement of Sorrento on Port Phillip Bay, Australia.

Evolving from a purpose built facility for Couta boat construction to a complete facility for wooden boat design, construction, restoration and maintenance. The Sorrento facility now includes 3 factories, two travel lifts, a mechanical workshop, a marine engineering workshop and a trimming loft.

WBS Queenscliff

In 2010 the WBS setup a factory in Queenscliff, a true Victorian working Harbour with a rich maritime history. As part of the modern marina precinct WBS Queenscliff utilises the 150t travel lift and hardstand giving the WBS the capacity to service large craft.

Queenscliff Harbour allows quick and easy slipping of boats for repairs, and maintenance including painting, varnishing and mechanical services.