Impressions From Hobart, 2017

by Tom Jackson

Inspired by such magazines as The Rudder, Yachting, and Yachting Monthly, Tasmanians of the early 20th century were eager to adapt yacht design ideas from the outside world. Raised foredecks, whether original or later adaptations, were popular for sailboats in the region at the time. WoodenBoat Senior Editor Tom Jackson saw numerous examples at the 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart; this slideshow supplements his article published in Currents in WB No. 256. He also noticed the frequent use of batten-seam planking, often in conjunction with lapstrake upper planks, in early Tasmania-built boats.