Tassie Cray / Couta Restoration project




Tassie Cray / Couta Restoration project

The ex Cray/ Couta boat Curlew was built in Southern Tasmania in the 60’s by McKay, then modified as a pleasure vessel prior to being motor sailed across to Gosford in approx. 1998. The photo is of it’s condition, by myself during early 2000’s.  


Today, the vessel is honestly described as a serious Restoration projectyears or two rather than months. However it is a very worthwhile retirement project and can be returned to a good looking, sea worthy and  historical vessel.

The boat is planked with very substantial King Billy planks, in good shape!  Some Huon pine internal fittings.

The 27 ft hull has a pleasing shape.


The boat was stored ashore under cover in approx 2006, to undertake improvements. (Photo available) The Ford ‘slant 4’ engine had work done and the PRM hydraulic gearbox had bearings and discs replaced.


The rudder was replaced and the support mechanism strengthened. The plank fastenings to the keel, tuck and bow were also replaced.  On removing the boat’s lining timbers, to  open up hull ventilation, it was found that, unfortunately, all of the hardwood ribs needed replacing.


Curlew was then wrapped in tarps and I had to get on with life !


Offers invited after your inspection.   Location, Lake Macquarie PH Mac 02 4946 7976


Boat type power
Make McKay
Model Cray Couta
Length 27 ft
Condition used
Year manufactured 1960s
Hull type mono