Wooden Boat

Association of Queensland


Members' Articles


5-7th October 2012

by Ian Primrose


The Regatta started in the traditional way on Friday evening with a meet'n'greet cruising up Tweed on the "MV Golden Swan". There were 27 "official" entries for the Regatta plus a few "tag-alongs" and a couple of non-starters It was a 9 am start up the River on Saturday for most with a few stragglers slow off the mark. There was a good mix of boats including putt-putts, motor launches, sailing boats and outboard propelled jobs. The weather was fantastic with clear skies and a light breeze.


Moreton at Last!

Our first voyage in a Mirror 16
By Larry Loveday


This article was first published in Dinghy Cruising Association Bulletin  number 180/2003

Queens Beach North, Scarborough Queensland, 11th January 1970, (midsummer almost): The day Dawned drearily, sky overcast; the last night's sea breeze, just a whisper from the east, barely stirred the leaves of the old cottonwoods fringing the sandy beach. We had been up for hours checking our gear, the rigging and loading of our Mirror 16 beside the concrete ramp a hundred yards from the front gate.

Read more: Moreton at Last!  Our first voyage in a Mirror 16 

Brisbane Boat Show

23rd to 26th August.
Ron Prescott

Once again we had a good selection of boats on display and for the show this year.  We had two themes:  (1) to encourage new builders with our stitch and glue practical demonstration which drew plenty of attention and Malcolm Hodgen plans showing CNC ply kit panels; and (2) Our display of very used and loved older boats with Chris Treloar's Scruffie 14 complete with SEAGULL, Geoff Williams' Mirror 16, and also Larry Loveday's Mirror 16 rigged with overnight camping mattress and tent cover together with a SEAGULL on the stern.

Read more: Brisbane Boat Show



At the September meeting, Alan Delac gave us a comprehensive presentation on the construction and fitting out with an electric motor of his Scruffy Shimmy 12 "Sparky".  Alan took us through the kit assembly and finishing processes, with photos showing a very fine example of the design.  He described the boat has feeling very strong and stable.

Read more: Sparky

Roy Bliss Boats

A couple of our members have purchased an old Roy Bliss designed Bliss-craft boat, for renovation.  They would like to make contact with other owners of Bliss-craft boats to share common interests and experience.  It is noted that BoatCraft Pacific list the plans for the Bliss-craft Oceaneer MK II being available for sale.


Roy Bliss is a Life Member of the WBAQ but unfortunately is not enjoying good health at present.

Caloundra messabout

31st August to 2nd September.

By Ron Prescott.


Once again Caloundra proved our most popular messabout with 20 boats and too many wives and husbands to mention.

This is just a great location, perfect weather with clear blue sky and temperature of 25 degrees plus a good variety of good accommodation from caravan parks and units.  The Power Boat Club makes a convenient location for meet and greet on Friday and a meal on the Saturday night.  19 members stayed until Monday and enjoyed a farewell meal at the Italian restaurant.

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President's Notes


Once again the Caloundra Regatta has come and gone. Once again it was a great weekend. Better than last year?  Well, we certainly had better weather and a bigger collection of boats.  My wife, Marian, and I enjoyed the paddle up Bells Creek on the Saturday but were happy to accept a lift back on Ed's (starting a new life as a motor boat) 16ft skiff.  At the end of the weekend Marian said it was one of friendliest lot of people she had been with.  Ron's full report appears later in the Log, but if you missed it this year don't miss out next year.

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Seagull Outboards

With a couple of mentions of Seagull outboard motors in this Log, it is appropriate to include an article sent to me by Ian Primrose.  It comes from John Vigor's Blog (see "Web Watch" below).  Ian said that John's perceptive and honest writing shines through in this article about Seagull outboards although a member (or two) of the WBAQ might not agree!  To test that view, I sent the article to our resident Seagull tragic Chris Treloar, who was kind enough to provide a detailed and considered response.  So following is John Vigor's article then Chris' response - Ed.

Read more: Seagull Outboards



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