To mark their 30th year, Tasmania’s Wooden Boat Centre has focussed its students on the construction of a signature project to celebrate the history of wooden boat building in Tasmania and the role they have played in recent times.

The classic design of the Franklin 29’ met the criteria for a suitable vessel to provide students with the training platform that embodied both traditional and modern construction techniques, at the same time showcasing hand-built, high quality construction methods required to get the best from Tasmanian timbers such as Huon Pine, Celery Top and Jarrah.

The Franklin 29’ design has been inspired by the work of well known British designer Andrew Wolstenholme and his renowned Bristol 27’. This proven design has been adapted and increased in size to suit Tasmanian conditions. The result is a semi-displacement vessel able to cruise at 18 knots, to reach a picnic spot or harbourside coffee shop quickly, with the capacity to handle all conditions.

The Franklin 29’ is true to the Wooden Boat School’s heritage with her classic looks and ‘craftsman finish’ which set her apart from the modern fibreglass vessels that dominate today’s market. She is a totally unique cruiser for the most discerning buyer.

The construction and component inventory of the Franklin 29’ illustrates the skilful selection of materials and equipment that makes this vessel so unique – a classic example of quality craftsmanship. At this pre launch stage a purchaser can have some say in the final selection of items such as upholstery, whether a soft top or solid roof, etc.

The Franklin 29’ is a hand crafted timber cruiser for the discerning owner. When artisans build a cruiser of proven design using only the best hand picked Tasmanian timbers, you have all the makings of a priceless classic.

If you are genuine wooden boat enthusiast looking for a very special one-off investment, email Jeff on: at the WBC for a detailed presentation.