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Vessel Number: HV000040
Date: 1927
Builder: JB Jones
Vessel type: The Couta Boat
Vessel Dimensions: 7.92 m x 7.92 m x 2.74 m x 1.07 m (26 ft x 26 ft x 9 ft x 3.5 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
ARIEL is a wooden couta boat from Victoria built in 1927. It was designed and built by JB Jones who was the sone one of the early builders of couta boats JR JOnes and maintains the traditions established by his father and other couta boat builders. It is also an example of an auxiliary powered couta boat that retained the sailing rig for fishing purposes and primary propulsion.
DescriptionARIEL is one of a small number of boats still extant that was built by JB Jones, son of JR Jones who was one of the original couta boat builders. It was made for the Keillor Brothers, Charles and Andrew. They were stevedores and used the boat mostly for day trips and excursions on the bay with passengers visiting from the country, rather than for fishing.

Jack Arkell bought ARIEL in 1933, and changed the gunter rig to the original couta boat lug-rigged main with its single halyard. This enabled him to work the boat single-handed which he did until he retired in 1973, one of the last fisherman to still use a couta boat under sail. He worked cray pots as well as fishing for barracouta, and did everything as he was first taught, not moving with the times. He was always hauling the pots by hand and took the hooks off the barracouta by "arming" them, putting them under one arm and unhooking with the other hand. He did not bother to use an unhooking rail, or any other improvements. Jack changed the topsides colour from white to black to hide the smudges that came off his tarred dinghy.

ARIEL reverted to being a pleasure boat after Jack Arkell sold the vessel in 1979, and in 2006 it is again rigged with a gunter mainsail yard, the original sailplan.

Vessel Details
Ballast:cast iron
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:open/foredeck
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:pivoting centreboardswing board
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:references
Rig type:gunter
Rig type:sloop
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Alternate Numbers

Sail Number: C23

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