Classic Australian Wooden Power Boats


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Viteau is a Len Hedges design, drawn up in 1961. The 16 footer was built to these plans by a gentleman in Mt Gambier, SA, in 1965.


The boat was found by owner Chris Schaeffer 2007. Although in reasonable condition, the boat still needed a total restoration


The restoration was carried out over a 12 month period.


The original 179 ci Holden 6 cylinder was replaced with a 350 ci Chev V8


While the restoration work was done in SA, Chris has since moved to northern NSW


The boat has had a superb fit out, with plenty of jarrah being used


The photos here do not do the boat justice


Chris uses the boat as often as he can, but not as often as he'd like


Viteau performs extremely well, with the Chev offering plenty of grunt


First outing after restoration