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Published 07.02.2014 | Author : admin | Category : Wooden Skiff Plans

Jeanara1908 Gippsland Lakes fantail launchLocated in her 95th year in a dilapidated state with a rotting block of flats superstructure.
Toonalook"Toonalook", our 6m wood epoxy clinker putt putt was conceived after a long association with the old pompie built Port Philip Bay clinker fishing boats of the 1960's and 70's. A classic and proven design with fine sea keeping qualities built using modern wood epoxy technology to produce a strong,seaworthy vessel of longevity,durability and with minimal maintenance requirements was our design brief. Unlike the GRP versions available our heritage based trailerable boats are hand built for each and every client.
A day fishing,a quick trip to a waterside cafe or even a picnic up some meandering river are so much more rewarding in a good wooden boat. The small but dedicated craftsman-based boatbuilding company of Frecheville Heaney operates from Paynesville on Victoria's beautiful Gippsland Lakes. The deck was constructed in the same meticulous manner with more book-matched twoinch mahogany planks separated (and highlighted) by quarter inch basswood.
With just a five foot beam for its 21 foot six inch length, 'Rosita' has a slender hull with a near flat underside at the transom and a sharp entry at the chromed cutwater on the stem.
He added: "On a later run we came home at speed across the Gippsland Lakes into a short sharp chop against a 15 knot breeze and some whitecaps. At one stage in the photo shoot, I asked Tim to bring 'Rosita' close in behind the camera boat, and the Hacker hull seemed to handle the disturbance of the wash with ease - helped of course by Tim's skill at the helm! The cockpit is right aft and fairly compact but has two very supportive seats for the skipper and first mate plus a full width rear lounge that keeps two adults or three youngsters comfortable. The nicest Spray replica I've come across was owned and built by a co-worker at the AUTEC base on Andros. Working with historic photographs as a guide Jeanarra was returned to her former classic lines with new decks and oval coaming. Both Tim and I own Pompie clinker putt putts and they have proven to be great day boats for the Gippsland Lakes. In the early 1990's Naval Architect David Payne took the lines from Sydney's original licensed fishing boat "Cinema" LFB1 and drew up plans for amateur construction. The Pompie brothers of Mordialloc and David Payne have all perhaps unwittingly had input into the evolution of our "Toonalook".
From the early 1900s through to the 1950s, he designed extraordinary pleasure and race boats throughout the 'golden age' for mahogany speedboats.
Specialising in building and restoring classic wooden boats, the firm was founded by James Frecheville in 1990 after he returned from sailing to England aboard a 30 foot gaff boat with his wife.
James described the technique used for this part of 'Rosita': "We made a timber sandwich by starting with four by two (inch) mahogany to which we laminated four by quarter basswood, then another lamination of four by two mahogany and so on. James and Tim bought that new as a crate motor and marinised it themselves using after-market parts from Rolco and Tawco. Creaming through the wake of the camera boat as Tim took 'Rosita' from side to side, the hull seemed to lift well and carried its forward quarters clear of each crest.
There's stowage under the seats and the upholstery is padded and trimmed to high standards that perfectly suit the gleaming natural timber finish of the interior.

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She was restored in time for a little posing around the harbour during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The only downside was that as they are old they seem to be constantly in need of some sort of maintenance. All will have the same proven stable hulls built with attention to detail using highest quality materials to ensure longevity and ease of maintenance. Whilst in the UK, James worked in the 300-year-old boat yard of Freebodys on the Thames where he "really learnt about wooden boats - it was a great experience".
As his reputation grew and work opportunities expanded, James bought a block of land down near the slipways ("before prices went ballistic"), put a shed on it and started employing people including his current business partner Tim Heaney. The transmission is a 1:1 Borg Warner FNR box ("so we're gentlemen - we can go backwards"!), and an 80 litre fuel tank is below the aft deck. I've no doubt that the helmsman needs to be aware of the slender hull and reduced buoyancy in the shoulders (compared with modern hulls), but 'Rosita' sure looks great from every angle. The dash has period-style gauges and a classically- styled wooden wheel with attention to detail everywhere including the dove-tail joinery on the engine hatches that have specially designed and custom-cast concealed hinges.
But when it came to the fine joinery work at the end, and the planking, it was definitely Tim, we were just helping him. Like any classy Italian lady she drew many appreciative glances as she cruised through the moorings full of big white plastic fantastics. Working on your own boat after a day of working on someone else's holds little appeal so we considered the possibility of combining wood epoxy technology with a classic and proven design and building a new boat that would meet our design parameters,yet require less maintenance.
The first hull in build has a Huon pine transom and will be planked with hoop pine marine plywood all epoxy sheathed and painted with two pack polyurethane. He started his association with boats much earlier though and was sailing a Mirror dinghy at age eight, and subsequently did a lot of offshore sailing including along the West Australian coast and in Indonesian and PNG waters.
The business continued to develop and has established a reputation for restorations and renovations of traditional fishing boats, yachts, cruisers and clinker skiboats.
It's a nice feature - very simple, very easy." The construction is essentially all epoxy glued without any screws, although the centres of the planks are pinned to the frames. Experimentation is continuing with props and a 12 by 16 (diameter by pitch in inches) three-blade is being used at present. We did a dry run before we finished the boat with no deck and using weights for fuel, crew and so on to get an approximate waterline. If you come in behind another boat with a decent wake you can really notice it when you come into the second wave of the wash.
With the hatches open, access to the Chev is easy and its engine bay looks as good as the rest of the boat with the internal wooden structure easily appreciated. Everyone really liked working on this boat - we've had a lot of fun with it, and we'll continue to have fun with it. In fact there are many generic similarities in design and sea keeping features that are common to all small Australian boats of working and fishing heritage.

As custom Boatbuilders we are able to offer our clients a myriad of options in the construction of their boat,be it a laid deck and steam bent coaming or a simple cuddy cabin. When James and his wife returned from England, they moved to Paynesville because they had fond memories of the Gippsland Lakes and "it seemed the place to get a job when we were 'having the recession we had to have' in the 1990s".
The superb finish was achieved after sanding and final-fairing of the timbers and coating them with a non-yellowing epoxy. A fourblade prop may be tried later, although the present three-blade seems to do a good job with strong acceleration, good handling and no cavitation. You suddenly realise there's not a lot of buoyancy up there." That's true enough and typical of designs from that era, but I was fortunate enough to be granted some time at the wheel and 'Rosita' was a joy to drive. The battery is within its own wooden compartment on the starboard side of the V8, with a matching tool compartment to port. We're going to take it up to Sydney for the next Wooden Boat Festival." I asked the obvious question - if someone wanted to buy it, would it be for sale?
Options of power and timber types and finishes are all possible ensuring a custom build to meet client preferences. James and Tim always admired the designs of John Hacker and they came across a faded A4-sized reproduction from a 1938 boating magazine of his 21 foot runabout design called 'Rosita'. Then 15 coats of a two-pack urethane were sprayed on before that was cut back using wet 1200 and 1500 sandpaper for a dead flat surface. That long foredeck with its simply gorgeous planking seems to reach for the horizon in front of you, and the hull ran and turned with a precision and stability that was far better than I'd expected. James answered: "We would sell it, but the person we sold it to would need to be happy to bring it to boat shows and allow us to do things like our photo shoot today. Working from that single page, they lofted out a set of lines and went on to build the superbly streamlined craft that we are privileged to feature here in Power Boat.
The ride too, admittedly in calm waters, was smooth and dry with immediate response to wheel and throttle.
It took around a year to finish with some 1,600 manhours being invested as they constructed for themselves a "very expensive business card"!
The Chev gave plenty of performance, and sounded perfect through twin exhausts set low on the transom.
James explained: "We lofted out full size lines for the body plan, and then lofted the keel line and sheer, and that was about enough. For the craftsmanship provided by Frecheville Heaney, and for the appealing style that this Hacker classic design offers, that's remarkable value. Instead of framing up with lots of timber and cleats, we cut ring-frames out of 19 mm marine-grade plywood which are incredibly strong, stiff and stable. To obtain those, we bought a pack of Brazilian mahogany in various widths which we were able to rip and dress down for 'book-matched' (that is, identical grain-patterned) planks.

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