Wooden Boat

Association of Queensland


Articles From The Log

Here are some highlights of articles that have been published in 'The Log', the newsletter of the Wooden Boat Association of Queensland. If you find these interesting, and would like to receive regular copies of The Log, all you need to do is join the association. Details here.

Site Visit - Peter Saggers, Boatbuilder

On Saturday afternoon, 8th March, six WBA members enjoyed a very informative couple of hours with Peter Saggers at his shed at Sheldon. Peter is building a 45 foot cruising sailing boat.

The construction method is cold moulded, triple planked. The first skin is longitudinal, 16 mm thick, the second skin is diagonal at approx right angles to the slope of the bow, 8 mm thick, and the third skin at right angles to the second, also 8 mm thick. Planks are generally about 150 wide. At the time of our visit, most of the first skin was in place and partly faired.

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Tech Tips - Petrol for Marine Engines

As some of you are aware I work for Caltex manufacturing fuels and I have been asked by WBAQ members what is happening with Unleaded Petrol as there is concern that it may come off the market entirely due to Government legislation.


I have asked Caltex's marketing for some direction especially in relation to boat motors.

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Book Review - The Nature of Boats - Dave Gerr

Subtitled “Insights and Esoterica for the Nautically Obsessed”.

Well the subtitle describes it all, though the word “Essentialia” could well have been included. In this encyclopaedic book Dave Gerr has set out to inform us of just about everything we should basically know about the structure and usage of our boats, possibly with a primary aim for those contemplating a new boat or improvements to an existing one. Not trying to make naval architects and engineers of the reader, but to arm him or her with enough essential knowledge and formulas to be able to make calculated assessments of all sorts of essential aspects about a vessel. All in a chatty, non-eggheaded non-academic style that makes for a thoroughly easily read and understood book.

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Weighing Your Boat

The following article was first published in the Log in April 2003. It is repeated here for the benefit of members who have joined us since then.

Here’s an interesting one. It is taken from an article by John Wright, which appeared in Practical Boat Owner No. 134, February 1978. It details a method of weighting your boat (on the trailer) without access to a public weighbridge. Equipment required is a tape measure and a spring balance or the bathroom scales. I’ll let John Wright explain:

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During the discussion following Mark’s talk at the November meeting, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries were mentioned, with the comment that their enclosure does not have to be ventilated, and that they can be installed in any orientation, even upside down.

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