‘Most desirable’ boat at 2017 Narooma Boats Afloat festival

The winner of the “Most Desirable” boat at the 2017 Narooma Boats Afloat Festival was a traditional clinker dinghy made by Dick Bedell of Batehaven.

The 12-foot dinghy named “Flinders” was built over two years by Mr Bedell out Huon pine with copper and brass fittings.

He started building the boat while living in Canberra and then continued the process after moving to Batehaven at Batemans Bay, launching the it in 2014.

The dinghy is a familiar sight down in Narooma and Mr Bedell and his wife Meredith regularly bring her down.

“We come to down Narooma about every fortnight and have a sail,” Mr Bedell said.

The dinghy was lots of traditional English design elements as its design was drawn up by well-known boat builder Paul Gartside.

Dick and Meredith Bedell sailed Flinders in the festival’s grand parade, just prior to be being named the “Most Desirable” boat by a panel of judges from the Boats Afloat committee.

The Montague Art and Crafts Society meanwhile held another successful nautical-themed art show at the Narooma Marina for the boating festival.

There was art, music, dancing, wooden boats and plenty of smiles all weekend at the Narooma Marina.

Narooma artist Marg Moran was named the winner of the Boats Afloat Art Prize for 2017 with her pastel "Gathering - Paradise Point", which was quickly snapped and purchased by the Kuberry family. 

The lucky winner of the MACS raffle was local Paul White, who receives textile craft by Irene Berry and Chris Perrott.