Under construction - frames

Welcome to our new look web site thanks to the skills and effort of our new Web Manager, Neil McKenzie. You can read more than 20 years of past newsletters by pressing the "JOURNALS" tab on the top. There is lots of interesting boat building information contained in these pages.

Couta (fishing) boat plan


  • Cumming up in 2023 -

  • A talk on Stainless steel 316 marine grade cleaning

  • Update on the MDF board boat

  • Look at more boats under construction and one restoration

  • AGM 4 October

  • Xmas party on the 4 December
  • The AMATEUR BOAT BUILDERS ASSOCIATION of WESTERN AUSTRALIA (ABBA) is a group of home boat builders building in timber, aluminium, fibreglass and other materials. About half the members currently have projects under way, ranging from dinghies to ocean going yachts and historic rebuilds. Others have either completed boats, are restoring classics or just have an interest in things nautical. ABBA was incorporated in 1972 so this year we celebrate our 50th Birthday as an association.

    Meetings We meet on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every EVEN month (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct & Dec) at the South of Perth Yacht Club, 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. These meeting usually involve a guest speaker on a relevant topic with time to socialise and network with others.

    Toolbox are visits to members' projects, practical demonstrations at commercial premises or other events of interest take place at the beginning of every ODD month, usually on a Saturday afternoon.

    Web Site This website is continually updated with details of upcoming events and other information. Have a look at the JOURNALS section to see the wide range of informative topics that have been covered, the varied and interesting places we have visited and the diverse range of projects undertaken by our members.

    Interested? ABBA welcomes new members hopefully we can all share advice, techniques, experiences and other information. To join us, just come along to a meeting or contact 0419 508 785 or cadeefamily@bigpond.com for more details.

    Buy a caravan and see Australia. Build a boat and see the world
    Capt N McKenzie


    Finished timber row boat

    Intro boat to build, sail or 2.5 hp motor - plans on this web site

    Couta Boat - Swan River 2021


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