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Wooden Boat Shop News

WBS Sail into Unchartered Waters with the Luxurious Deal Island 50

The Wooden Boat Shop (WBS) is renowned for their range of classically styled luxury wooden launches comprising of the Nepean 30, Cheviot 32, Efficient 44 and the Shearwater 38. For the past year and half, construction has been underway to build the largest vessel the WBS team has built to date, the Deal Island 50, which is the first of the 50’ fast ocean cruisers.

Geelong Wooden Boat Festival 2020

The Wooden Boat Shop partnered by Yanmar, Power Equipment, will again be a major sponsor of the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival to be held on 6th-9th March, 2020. We would like to kindly invite you to join us on this great opportunity to cruise locally across Port Phillip Bay to enjoy a weekend of wooden boats and a variety of other activities including tall ships, kids’ activities, food, live music, presentations and more. This is a great cruising opportunity without the hassle and time of crossing Bass Strait for the Hobart Festival.

Activities will commence on Friday the 6th March with a pre event raft up at Portarlington safe harbour to stopover at before continuing on to Geelong. Mingle with fellow wooden boat owners whilst enjoying entertainment, Portarlington mussels, and whisky tastings, with breakfast to also be available on the morning of Saturday the 7th March prior to the start of the passage race to Geelong.

We look forward to seeing you there for a great weekend supporting this fantastic local event!

For more event and entry information, visit


Yachting legend ready for her next chapter

Just as a face shows age and character, Yeulba intrigues in the same way. She’s interesting to look at, and my word, does the old girl have a story to tell.

Check Out Our Latest Boats For Sale

Are you looking for a couta boat or a nepean launch? We currently have a great selection of classic wooden boats for sale on the WBS website.

Interested in working for The Wooden Boat Shop?

We are currently looking for Shipwrights, Boatbuilders and Apprentices to join our team.

Winter Boat Storage and Maintenance

Do you require maintenance or storage for your boat during the Winter months?

Kooyong 28 - Everything you need and more

The Wooden Boat Shop’s (WBS) latest launch was on display at the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The Kooyong 28 is the first of the Kooyong 28 range with various options to suit the vast array of activities that equal the dream lifestyle by the sea.

Latest launch from the Wooden Boat Shop – Shearwater 38

The latest Masterpiece from The Wooden Boat Shop (WBS) will be traveling from Sorrento to Hobart for the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. This new vessel is the culmination of lifetimes of experience from Tim Phillips and the WBS crew.

The new vessel, a Shearwater 38, is named after one of Tim’s preferred fishing spots in the Kent group, Squally Cove.

Cruising 2018

 Wow it’s been ages, too long. Nearly three years in fact, since I did the last newsletter. So, as I write, it’s now in the middle of Winter and hopefully we will see some warmer and calmer weather soon. 


New Range - Kooyong 28

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.