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Hull of the double ended carvel built surfboat titled BOOFA

Date: 1946
Overall: 1735 x 7160 mm
Vessel Dimensions: 7.16 m × 1.75 m (23.49 ft × 5.74 ft)
Medium: Cedar, kauri, plywood, silver ash, spotted gum, pacific maple, leather, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Surf Lifesaving Association of Australia, Far South Branch
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Surfboat
Object No: 00002776
Place Manufactured:Newcastle

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    Object is the hull of the double ended carvel built surfboat BOOFA. It was originally made from cedar, with new additions made from Kauri and plywood.
    SignificanceBOOFA is a piece of Surf Life Saving heritage and is possibly the oldest surf boat in New South Wales.

    HistoryBOOFA is a double edged carvel built surfboat. It was built in 1946 by Towns Brothers Newcastle for the North Curl Curl S.L.S.C. and was paid for by Manly Amusement Centre, the name deriving from the sponsors dog Boofa. In the 1950's BOOFA was given to the Narooma S.L.S.C and then saw service with the Pambula S.L.S.C.
    She was displayed by Eden Whaling Museum as a boat similar to the whale boats used in that era, that is as a double ended and steered from a single oar from the stern whaler. By that stage BOOFA was in a delapidated state and required restoration work. This then carried out by the Department of Corrective Services at Long Bay.
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