Our vessels swim, fly and sing with love and constant maintenance!
We use various paddle craft, open boats and training ships to meet a wide range of aims, training outcomes and expedition purposes.
Learning the skills of paddling and sailing small boats allows for the “hands on” experience of being able to “hand, reef and steer” in many situations as a close knit team -“all in the same boat”. Being with different people, and in different boats can be an effective way to learn the skills and it allows for lots of fun interactions 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.
Currently gracing our small boat fleet we have:
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)
A fleet of Expedition Sea Kayaks
We also have access to:
Additional small sailing boats and sea kayaks
Open canoes for enclosed waters and moving water expeditions – from the mountains to the sea!
Outrigger ocean canoes with sailing capability
Charter yachts – commercial keel boats and catamarans (8-32 crew)
Tall ships (up to 25 crew)
Our long term plan is to establish a sail training ship that will serve to link various shore based organisations and enable offshore training passages for Level 3 skippers.
The Sea School have pioneered the use of these little ships for sail training and expedition use. We commissioned Brahminy as the prototype (and plug for the mould) developed and built by Derek Ellard at Scruffie Marine specifically for our purposes. The Sienna is perfect for carrying a big load (eg. expedition gear for 15 people) and works well within a fleet including smaller capacity boats.
a self draining cockpit, cuddy over the hold and outboard well make it well suited for well prepared adventures
capacity for a week’s supplies of food and water for other vessels as well as her seven crew and our clean up Australia rubbish. Additional flotation and water ballast allows for buoyancy of 1.4 tonnes
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
We would like to offer school based traineeships and projects for the construction of our next Sienna. Building a boat and then learn to sail in it, involves a whole community of people.
Scruffie Stornaway 18
Whimbrel, Godwit, Sandpiper and Curlew are great examples of the original kit (homebuilt plywood versions) boats designed by Derek Ellard.
Many Stornaways have been used for sail training purposes, and we love their beautiful lines and traditional rig. They can often match the Sienna’s sailing ability and are suitable for up to six people in the crew.
“Pelican” is a 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!
Expedition Sea Kayaks
We can access various styles of kayaks for training, skill development and expedition use – often complementing our sailing vessels to travel as a mixed fleet.
There is strength in diversity and this proves additional physical and mental challenges that can really enhance learning.
Outrigger ocean canoe
Polynesian style, fast and seaworthy dragon boat and OC6 designs with sailing capability are recommended for team development cultural and physical extension programs.
Volunteer Marine Rescue
We are grateful for the service provided by all emergency services and are associate members of Victoria Point Volunteer Marine Rescue. VMR provide us with excellent rescue boat coverage throughout Moreton Bay and the Southport Broadwater and are kept informed of our activities in the bay. We hope to partner for some mutually beneficial training in the future.
Larger vessels can enable mothership style approaches with small boats, or provide options for extended expeditions or larger groups.
Sailing to remote or offshore destinations is attainable using bigger yachts. Approved vessels can be found in a range of fantastic locations such as Moreton, Hervey and Keppel Bays, and of course, the Whitsundays!🌞
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