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Preview: The Australian Couta Boat – A Fishing Boat for a Family Cruiser

May 10, 2017

Dave and Anastasia thought they’d buy this couta boat, restore it, and sell it, but like a rescued puppy, it became part of the family. That kind of thing tends to happen with a boat-building and traditional-rigging couple.

This couta boat, PELICAN, keeps her good manners in all sorts of changeable weather thanks to a gaff rig and galvanized steel centerboard, and she still carries traditional horn cleats from her fishing days. The right amount of patina keeps her available as a working boat – with plenty of room for fun.

When it comes to relaxing on the water in a safe and no-fuss boat, this couta boat is as simple as it gets; and who knows, you might even come home with dinner!

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