Saturday 2 May 2020
12.30pm – 2pm
There are a huge number of decisions to make on any heritage vessel project - restoration, rebuilding, replicating and many more. Three people with a huge number of projects under their belts share their stories about heritage vessel works.
Sydney Wooden Boats shipwright Simon Sadubin will discuss the three sistership Fife 6-metres he's worked on, the museum's curator of Historic Vessels David Payne will share stories about recreating aspects of Krait’s restoration when little information was available to work from, and renowned skiff enthusiast Ian Smith will take us through building a full-size replica of an existing 100 year old craft, the legendary 18-foot skiff Britannia.
Note: This talk is part of the 2020 Classic Wooden Boat Festival
Main image: Steam Yacht Ena in dry dock
Simon Sadubin is a traditional timber boat builder and restorer of historic vessels on Sydney Harbour and Pittwater.
After graduating from UTS with a Bachelor of Industrial Design, Simon undertook a shipwright’s apprenticeship at Timber Boat Services in Balmain and established his own boatbuilding design, construction and restoration services business Sydney Wooden Boats in 2000. Over the past 20 years Sydney Wooden Boats has undertaken major restoration and conservation work on over 60 classic timber boats ranging from historic 18 foot skiffs such as Taipan (featured in the museum's collection) to complete keel-up rebuilds of classic keel boats such as the William Fife Six Metre Class racing yacht, Judith Pihl.
Simon has collaborated with a range of master shipwrights and trained a line of apprentices as his team have built and restored timber boats and heritage vessels around Australia, including clinker dinghies, sailing skiffs, rowing sculls, classic putt putts, speed boats, Ranger Class yachts, International Six Metre yachts, 30-square metres, Gippsland lake boats, ferries, fishing launches, Couta boats, Sydney coach-house cruisers, Halvorsen cruisers and Halvorsen yachts.
He currently runs a yard at Mona Vale and is passionate about the value of historical research when undertaking any heritage project and supporting the skills of Australia’s traditional timber shipwrights.Sydney Wooden Boats shipwright Simon Sadubin will discuss the three sistership Fife 6-metres he's worked on, the museum's curator of Historic Vessels David Payne will share stories about recreating aspects of Krait’s restoration when little information was available to work from, and renowned skiff enthusiast Ian Smith will take us through building a full-size replica of an existing 100 year old craft, the legendary 18-foot skiff Britannia.
In a forty-plus year career in boatbuilding and boatbuilding education Ian Smith has built upwards of 80 boats. Since retiring from commercial work Ian has concentrated on passing on his skills and experience through books and videos. He is the author of The Open Boat: the Origin, Evolution and Construction of the Australian 18-Footer and Wooden Boatbuilding: the Sydney Wooden Boat School Manuals, and the new book The 18-Footer Britannia: 100 Years of a Sydney Harbour Icon. He sails his replica Britannia with the historical replica fleet and is building a carvel-planked Ranger-class gaff sloop.
Presenter and host:
David Payne is the Australian National Maritime Museum's curator, Historic Vessels, and has been involved with many vessel restoration projects for the museum and private clients since the late 1980s. He also manages the Australian Register of Historic Vessels and has developed Vessel Management Plans for the Maritime Museum and other regional museums through the MMAPSS heritage grants system to help guide the interpretation, restoration and display of heritage craft.