Classic Australian Wooden Power Boats


Reader's Boats






Fiona is a 17' clinker runabout built in 1964 by Neville Burton in Charlton in Victoria


Burton , a cabinet maker by trade, built 14 boats to order by local clients


Fiona was built by Burton for his own use, but was eventually sold to a Mr and Mrs Cowling of Bendigo for use as a family ski boat


The boat was used extensively alongside Corvette, another Burton hull owned by a friend, throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's


Fiona was powered by a 6 cylinder side valve Dodge, which apparently suffered a bit from reliability


As the kids got older, the boat was retired and was eventually parked in a shed and covered up.

In 2008 Mr Cowling decided to sell the no longer used boat to create some room. The boat was in very good condition, having been well looked after.



The boat was sold to Travis Owen and is now based in Victoria. Travis has since freshened up the hull and sorted out the engine issues.