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.
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.
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.
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