The Wooden Boat Association of Cairns (WBAC) is an energetic group sharing a passionate interest in the building and maintenance of wooden boats. Members combine their skills, knowledge and expertise to assist each other in the construction of boats in the club and for individual members. Traditional boat building skills and knowledge are passed on from members with a lifetime of experience in the industry to those of us with no knowledge at all!
With a motto of “Shiploads of fun”, club days are enjoyable with plenty of time for coffee, cake and tall stories interspersed with construction and maintenance of the boats.
The Cairns Motor Boat Club (CMBC) is included under the umbrella of the WBAC. It is over a hundred years old, with a rich history of racing, marine rescues and boating events. It was disbanded in 1998 and now some WBAC events are held under the name of the CMBC.
New members are always welcome and need no previous skills in boat construction.
Bob Goodall and friends started the club in 1998 as “Bobs Shed”. Incorporated in 2003 as the Wooden Boat Association of Cairns, it moved to Lyons Street in the same year. In 2007, the club moved to 68 Tingira Street, its present home. The facilities have been built and/or moved and improved by members over the years and currently consist of 2 work bays, a clubhouse and tools and equipment in 3 shipping containers.
WBAC has annual and monthly events.
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Currently the WBAC are working on a Hartley motor cruiser and an 8m wooden
trimaran built in the Kiribati Islands. We have completed a number of boats including the recent completion of the Pathfinder which was launched in July as well as a Canadian canoe, a Mushulu dinghy and a Water Rat.
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Annual and monthly boating events
Extensive library of wooden boat building books
Wealth of boat building knowledge and experience
Workshop with wide range of woodworking equipment
Workshops twice weekly
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