Ella from Risby Cove Accommodation and Restaurant represented us at this years Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart and had quite a good time we think, thanks Ella! We have teamed up with Risby Cove accommodation and Restaurant to offer a package for couples staying at Risby Cove for 2 nights, a cruise with us, and a dinner thrown in for the fantastic price of $610.00.

This offer is still available to claim until the end of this month for our lucky followers and subscribers! Email Ella and ask about the special to book the perfect west coast getaway info@risbycove.com.au .

You might ask why we have an interest in the wooden boat festival?

Ancestor to the World Heritage Cruises owners Troy and Guy Grining - “Harry Grining, was a boat builder on the West Coast. He owned a boatshed on the wharf at Strahan where, aside from other boats, he built the "Mayfair", a 1930's tourist launch and the fishing boat "Olive" for Teddy McDermott. In what was seen as a radical design, Harry also built a large punt with a tunnel in the stern for use in the rapids of the Gordon River. It was fitted with an inboard motor and named "Helen". She was years before her time, being built in 1938.

Being an innovative builder, Harry also introduced carvel design punts. A number still survive today, they had a rounded tuck and although he still used seven boards each side, these punts were slightly wider and deeper than their clinker built counterparts. They became popular about the beginning of the Second World War when the demand for boat building timber increased.

To satisfy the new demand, there were a number of men working horse teams in the Gordon River area and large quantities of chaff were needed up river. Once the need was recognized, a punt capable of carrying a few extra bags of chaff per trip became a distinct advantage. Harry's punts became sought after and were used extensively throughout the area.”

(extract from the wooden boat Guild of Tasmania website) https://www.woodenboatguildtas.org.au/piners_punt.php

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