built by David Yeowart, Victoria Point, Queensland
David sent us an email and photos of his boat in the process of building and we were knocked out by the standard of work and the sheer beauty of his creation. We were even more impressed by the fact that this is his first boat build.
original email from David
Plans and all materials were supplied by BoatCraft Pacific and lots of advice was offered. Included was plywood, Bote-Cote epoxy, solid timber, Aqua Coat finish coats (clear for the inside finish and white for the hull), all painting equipment and bronze hardware for oars.
I live in Victoria Point, Brisbane not far from Thomson’s Beach and the boat ramp. My plan is to build a trolley so I can pull the boat to the beach at first and later will buy a trailer.
I’ll be joining The Wooden Boat Club of Queensland and getting myself involved in some of their meetups so I can join others on sailing trips and find myself a like-minded group of people.
For the last 35 years I have wanted to build my own boat, but life always seemed too busy. One morning I was standing in the clear water, mid tide at Thomson’s Beach when I realised, I have no reason to put it off any longer.
That day I found a plan for a flat bottom rowing and sailing skiff designed by Michael Storer, perfect for where I live, with good reviews and a local supplier. Within a week I had been to BoatCraft Pacific at Logan two or three times and was ready to start.
I began marking out ply panels mid-December 2019, perfect timing because what I didn’t know was that a pandemic would force me into lockdown to work on my boat.
Due to my background in contemporary furniture design and trade I decided to take my time and try to give my boat signature details without changing the original design, enjoying the project and not worrying about when it would be finished.
My boat will be launched before Christmas 2021, which means I have been working on this for two years part time, that isn’t too bad. I am already thinking about building my next boat because I love being in my shed and what else would I be doing when the weathers bad.
The plans supplied by Michael Storer are of a very high standard, you could say they are like a boat building course for beginners. Also, Michael’s website is a wealth of knowledge, the Facebook group is very helpful and the people in it are very encouraging. This boat would be a perfect first project for people with limited skills and tools.
I obtained free plans for the perfect oars from one member in the group, which were a joy to build. I feel confident to move on to a more complex design next. I will be using BoatCraft Pacific again for sure, they don’t even mind me picking through there timber racks for the perfect pieces of wood.
When we asked him what got him started he said;
“For the last 35 years I have wanted to build my own boat, but life always seemed too busy. One morning I was standing in the clear water, mid-tide at Thomson’s Beach when I realised, I have no reason to put it off any longer.”
“That day I found a plan for a flat bottom rowing and sailing skiff designed by Michael Storer, perfect for where I live at Victoria Point. Within a week I had been to BoatCraft Pacific at Loganholme two or three times and was ready to start.”
David started his project in mid-December 2019, perfect timing for the start of the pandemic lockdown, giving him the chance to work on his boat.
“The plans and all materials were supplied by BoatCraft Pacific and lots of advice was offered”, David said.
David expects to launch his Goat Island Skiff before Christmas which means it has taken two years part time.
David is already thinking about building his next boat because he loves being in his shed. We can’t wait to see what he tackles next – sure to be another sculpture in wood!