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Couta Boat

Name of Boat

Theresa-rose

Owner's Name

Rod Beazley 

Boat Location

Queenscliffe 

Registration No.

 

Sail No.

 

Dimensions

Feet & Inches  Outside of stem to outside of transom

Overall Length

20' 

Maximum Draft

3'  

Maximum Beam

8' 6" 

Centreplate Case Length

 

Construction

Planking
Structure
Framing

Carvel Clinker
Open 1/2 Cabin Cabin

Rig

Gaff Lug

Ballast

Weight

1.5 tonne  

Material

Lead  

Engine

Make

Yamaha  

Horsepower

13 hp  

Heritage

Built

1954 

Builder

Lacco  

Designer

Lacco  

History

Built in Jones yard on the Maribyrnong River. Fished from Queenscliff and then Port Fairy where she pioneered the edible shark fishing in the hands of George Darley. There may have been up to three owners before Bert Perry purchased here in 1936 from his friend Rueben Kelly. In 1946 she was sold to Donald ‘Stubby’ McDonald who had lost a sister ship, The Escort, in shoals that year. In the 60s she was used to drag the Ports and Harbours, dredge up and down the Moyne River, Port Fairy. In 1970 Bob Johanson (Honorary Life Member Couta Boat Club) purchased her, fitted a cabin and lived aboard in the Mayne River. The Thistle was restored at the Wooden Boatshop to detailed specification of the Maritime Museum, preserving her as an authentic example of the "Couta Boat" and was then transported to Sydney.
 

Race Record

Just prior to investiture into the Maritime Museum she won Sydney Amateur Sailing Club’s gaffers day regatta and has participated in the subsequent gaffers day regattas and wooden boat festivals in Sydney.
 

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