Fazackerley 12' King Billy Clinker dinghy -"Little Chook"

by Stewart Edwards
(Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)

Late in 2007 we had decided to move from a hot Brisbane (Australia) climate to an Island climate in Tasmania, more precisely to Hobart.

During my volunteering days at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival earlier that year I had developed a friendship with a young shipwright who had a focus on wooden boats.

He found a sound 1963 Fazackerly clinker dinghy in need of some TLC, it was on a registered trailer with a 4 HP Seagull engine.

I commissioned him to pay the AUD $1,200 and restore her prior to our arrival in Hobart in Feburary 2008.

I have included a link (pdf) to the Skeg which is a publication put out by the Wooden Boat Guild Tasmania which includes a story of Little Chook plus other interesting information about wooden boats in Tasmania.

We use our boat for flathead fishing in the Derwent River and the Seagull engine fires and runs on the first pull.

I have included a picture for your interest.

Safe & happy boating.

Stewart Edwards


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May 20, 2010
"Little Chook"
by: Mike

Hi Stewart,

She is a lovely looking boat, I'm sure she will give you hours of fishing fun.

You can’t beat those good old ‘Seagulls’ they just seem to go on for ever.

I hear that the Australian Wooden Boat Festival is going to be even bigger and better than ever in February.

I would be great if you could let us keep us up to date with developments.

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