The Sea School utilises a range of paddle craft, open boats and training ships, to meet a wide range of program aims and expedition purposes.
Currently our small boat fleet consists of:
Osprey – 19ft Scruffie Sienna (up to seven crew)
Sandpiper – 18ft Scruffie Stornaway (up to six crew)
Curlew – 18ft Scruffie Stornaway (up to six crew)
Whimbrel – 18ft Scruffie Stornaway (up to six crew)
Godwit – 18ft Scruffie Stornaway (up to six crew)
Pelican – 19ft Status RL580 (up to six crew)
Yaul – 16ft replica of HMS Endeavour’s longboat (up to four crew)
We also have access to:
Other open sailing boats
Sit on top kayaks
Open canoes for sheltered water and river expeditions
Outrigger ocean canoes (up to 7 crew) with sailing capability
Charter yachts – keel boats and catamarans (8-32 crew)
Tall ships (up to 25 crew)
Including the skills of paddling and sailing small boats is fundamental to the sequence of our programs, allowing for the “hands on” experience of learning to “hand, reef and steer” as a close knit team “all in the same boat”. As well as being the most effective way to learn the skills, it allows for lots of fun interactions between our boats while we on the water.
Most of our training vessels are ballasted “lug rigged yawls” based on centuries-old technology – ideal for carrying heavy loads (crew plus expedition requirements) in most wind and sea conditions experienced on the bay.
We also have centreboard vessels which provide additional lessons in sailing skills and allow for easier access to our beach campsites, and also use canoes, sea kayaks and outriggers for similar group work and training objectives.
Our long term plan is to establish a sail training ship that will serve to link the various Sea School fleets and enable extended offshore training passages.
The Sea School have pioneered the use of these little ships for sail training and expedition use. They were developed and built by Derek Ellard at Scruffie Marine specifically for this purpose. Based on our feedback on the Stornaway, this design has proven to be a winner!
a full ballasted keel allowing for stability, ability to dry out at low tide and allowing free movement in the cockpit area
her traditional, beamy hull shape is not great to windward but is magnificent off the wind
a self draining cockpit, cuddy over the hold and outboard well make it well suited for great adventures
able to take a week’s supplies of food and water along with seven crew with her massive carrying capacity and 1.4 tonnes of inbuilt flotation
standing lugsail yawl rig with loose footed mainsail, furling jib and lugsail mizzen – a simple, low profile and versatile set up with plenty of jobs for the crew and solid performance
Scruffie Stornaway 18
Whimbrel, Godwit, Sandpiper and Curlew are great examples of the original kit (homebuilt plywood) open boats designed for by Derek Ellard. We have a long history with the use of the Stornaway for sail training purposes, and love their beautiful lines and traditional rig. They can match the Sienna’s sailing ability and are suitable for up to six people.
Ross Pollard built this longboat based on drawings of the ships boats used on HMS Endeavour. She was named “Yaul” after the dutch name for a ships tender. The English later adopted this word, calling a sailing boat with a mizzen mast stepped aft of the rudder post a “Yawl”.
“Pelican” is our 5.8m RL580 Status centreboard sailing vessel, donated to us by Keith Slack on Coochie Mudlo Island. She has performed well at the hands of Kieron and his crew on many occasions, including winning the Jollybod Cup!
We have access to various sit-on-top and ocean expedition sea kayaks which can be used for training, skill development, expeditions – or to complement our sailing vessels to travel as a mixed fleet. They provide a diversity of experience and additional physical challenges.
Outrigger ocean canoe
Polynesian style, fast and seaworthy dragon boat and OC6 designs with sailing capability are accessible and recommended for cultural and physical extension programs.
Volunteer Marine Rescue
We are associate members of Victoria Point Volunteer Marine Rescue, who provide us with excellent rescue boat coverage throughout Moreton Bay and the Southport Broadwater.
Sailing to remote, exciting offshore destinations can also be attainable using charter yachts. Several charter companies can provide quality commercial vessels in a range of fantastic locations such as Moreton, Hervey and Keppel Bays, and of course, the Whitsundays! They can also enable a mothership approach with our small boats for extended expeditions or larger groups.
Our 12.2 metre Hitchiker sailing catamaran is the prototype for our future mothership – and has been used for a range of voluntary Dukes expeditions and skipper training to remote destinations such as Lady Musgrave Island and Lord Howe Island.
Magic Happens is not in survey and therefore not available for our regular training or expedition work.
The South Passage is a magnificent 100ft Gaff rigged Schooner based in Moreton Bay and regularly voyaging between Cairns and Sydney.
Our little ships can also be used to deliver sail training in preparation for, in partnership with, or as an extension to a South Passage voyage.
For more information refer to www.southpassage.org.au
Boat building and maintenance skills training is coming soon…
Regular working bees are held to maintain our small ships – please contact us to get involved!