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32 foot

Ubique of Hobart

year launched
2002
materials
Huon Pine, Celery Top Pine, Blue Gum + Teak
location
Kettering, TAS
Australia
berths
6
dimensions
31' 8" LOD, 29' 0" LOW, 10' 8" Beam, 16,428 lbs Displacement, 5' 0" Draft, 6000 lbs Ballast (lead)
skipper
Dave + Meesh
description
Ubi calmly at anchor in a very atmospheric Duckponds, Bruny Is, Tasmania

Ubique sporting her new 9' bowsprit beautifully produced by Matt at Andrew Denman Marine, Kettering, TAS

Ubique and Archie at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Feb 2019 - quarter of a million people visited the AWBF in 4 days!!

A day on-board Ubique of Hobart

History

Ubique of Hobart (pronounced U-bee-qway) was built in Franklin, Tasmania in 2002 at the fabled Shipwright's Point School of Wooden Boat Building.

Originally commissioned by an army captain (hence the reference to the Kipling poem of the same name), the boat was created as an exquisite example of craftsmanship built from the finest timbers and using a mixture of highly sought after traditional techniques - in order to give the passionate craftsmen (the students) the chance to practice and preserve age-old boat building styles.

Construction

Built from the highly prized Huon Pine - a resinous Tasmanian native which is both incredibly slow growing (therefore dense) and highly resistant to decay. Some specimens of this tree are thought to be 1000+ yrs old making the tree one of the oldest living things on earth. Nice!

Blue Gum was used for the keel timbers due to it's strength, and the main planking is Celery Top Pine, another Tassie timber renowned for it's stability. BCC's built from this have been known to sit on the hard stand for weeks on end and stay tight and true - despite the Australian sun.

The plywood sheathed deck was waterproofed then lined with teak throughout the horizontal surfaces, including the cabin roof - giving the boat a beautiful, yesteryear aesthetic. To top everything off, there is extensive use of high quality bronze fittings through the boat.

Interior

Spec

Hull
  • Blue Gum keel timbers
  • Bronze + Huon Pine floors and ribs
  • Celery Top + Huon pine planking
  • Bronze fastenings
  • Bronze chainplates
Standing rigging
  • Oregon spruce mast + boom
  • 9' bowsprit in Oregon Spruce
  • Stainless steel wire rigging
  • Dual stayed bumpkin
Decks + deck fittings
  • Plywood sheathed + waterproofed
  • Teak laid deck + cabin roof
  • 100l lazarette
  • Bronze windlass
  • Electric windlass
  • Bronze bowsprit anchor rollers x2
  • Bronze winches x8
  • Bronze lifeline stanchions + Dyneema lifelines
  • Wooden sheet blocks x4
  • Bronze fairleads
  • Bronze + teak boom gallows
Topsides + Cabin
  • Huon Pine topsides + cabin
  • Teak cabin roof
  • Bronze portholes x6 (cabin) + x2 in forward bunk
  • Glass + Blackwood + Bronze skylights
Engine
  • 30hp Yanmar diesel
  • 200l diesel tank + 10l overflow tank
Interior
  • 6 berths (double forward bunk, 2 settee berths, 1 pilot berth + 1 quarter berth)
  • Huon Pine + Tasmanian Blackwood interior timbers (matt lacquer)
  • Mahogany floor boards (raw timber)
  • Tasmanian Blackwood fold-out table
  • Electric W/C head + holding tank
  • 80l + 120l water tanks (beneath floor boards)
  • Mulit-storage areas (inc. forepeak, 2x settee, pilot berth, bookshelf, quarter berth)
  • 2 burner stove + oven (gimballed)
Sails + storm equipment
  • Mainsail
  • Storm mainsail
  • High-cut clew jib
  • No.2 Genoa
  • Storm Jib
  • Spinnaker
  • Para-anchor
  • Drogue
Fittings + electrics
  • Bronze anchor, mast + spreader LED lights
  • Brass ships clock + barometer
  • B+G electronics
  • LED interior lights throughout

Voyaging

Ubique has cruised extensively at the helm of her previous owners Chris and Jo, who raced and sailed her all over Australia. She's been as far north as the Great Barrier Reef, and ventured to the wild and desolate Port Davey on Tasmania's rugged west coast.

The new owners Dave and Meesh purchased the boat to get 10 years experience before setting out on their own adventures.

I'll never forget the first time I let the tiller go in 30 knots  and watched the boat steer by itself for minutes on end. Impressive!
Go small. Go now.
Lin & Larry Pardey
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