AWBF 2019 – Commercial Registrations now open!

Don’t Miss Out! – Commercial Registrations are now open!

With less than 9 months to go to AWBF 2019, Commercial Registrations are now invited from suppliers of marine goods and services.


Commercial Registrations now openOnce again, PW1 shed and other venues around the festival will be bristling with displays of almost everything for your boat. Product experts will be on hand to answer questions from thousands of boat owners and enthusiasts attending the festival.

The Maritime Marketplace has become one of the more popular events of the festival, with many visitors keen to get advice and service from leading suppliers.

PW1 Shed is filled of quality boating products, as well as a display of beautiful wooden boats.

Our information sessions are also popular and exhibitors will have the opportunity to give their product presentation to a keen audience.

PW1 Maritime MarketplaceSo if you are a supplier of marine products or services, register now to reserve your space.

If the past is any guide – they will sell out soon. So click here to register.

Please note that registrations for Not for Profit organisations will open later.

Tim Oxley manages the Maritime Marketplace and contributes posts for AWBF and Review Marine Products.


Thanks, That’s Very Kind of You

AWBF Chairman Steve Knight and Volunteers Manager Liz Lord accept award from Lord Mayor Sue Hickey

It’s the season for the Tasmanian Tourism Awards and the Australian Tourism Awards that follow them, and we’ll be sure to put in a submission.  We think it’s important to recognise the tremendous effort that our boat owners – Tasmanians, inter-staters and and a handful from overseas – put in to preparing their boats and bringing them all the way to Hobart for the biggest wooden boat festival in the country.  We’re also grateful for the thousands of hours of purely volunteer labour that go into producing the Australian Wooden Boat Festival once every two years, and keeping it entirely free to the public.  So winning awards is important to us and we haven’t done too badly in the past. Continue reading “Thanks, That’s Very Kind of You”

AWBF 2017 Highlights Video is Out

The 2017 Video Is Out

Our veteran film maker, Joe Shemesh of Stormfront Film, has emerged from the editing room with the latest highlights video – for the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017. Joe has captured some great images both ashore and on the water. There’s some exciting match racing between local favourite Gnome (white hull) and Dutch guest Oranje (sail 56, orange hull) and you can see the big boats fly in the Wrest Point Cup for historic ketches, with Julie Burgess, Yukon and Rhona H battling for the honours in choppy conditions. There’s great time-lapse photography of the Dutch boat building crew working at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin and of course the hilarious finale to the Quick ‘n’ Dirty Boat Building Challenge. Check it out on Vimeo with this link:


One noticeable upgrade is our use of professional drone pilots like Stu Gibson, the renowned Tasmanian surf and kiteboarding photographer. Stu made it possible to capture close-up thrills on the water, far out in the River Derwent, as we’ve never done before. Drone photography at big events has to be done with the tightest safety standards and it’s great to be working with pros. Check out Stu’s other work at his website: