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Vessel Number: HV000116
Date: 1903
Designer: Mr Reynolds
Vessel Dimensions: 6.71 m x 2.44 m x 0.76 m (22 ft x 8 ft x 2.5 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
CHANCE is a timber fishing boat built in 1903 in Victoria. It is a rare example of Gippsland Lakes fishing vessel from the early 1900s, and represents the changes in fishing craft that took place over many decades in the region. It is in good condition and regular use on the lakes.
DescriptionCHANCE was designed, built and owned by Mr Reynolds in Paynesville on the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria in 1903. It has the classic shape for the period with a plumb stem, elegant sheer and transom stern with a transom mounter rudder.

It is interesting to compare the 6.7 m ( 22 ft) long CHANCE with the similar but slightly bigger Victorian couta boats at around 8 m ( 26 ft) length. CHANCE has a similar half-decked layout with a rounded cockpit and coaming, a pivoting centreboard and a moderate sized gaff rig. However the transom is narrower in relation to the overall beam than that found on many couta boats, and there is a steeper run aft to the buttock lines.

CHANCE has been fitted with an engine, currently it is a small Bukh diesel. However it still retains a sailing rig and has won a number of trophies at events for gaff rigged yachts on the Gippsland Lakes.
Vessel Details
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Current status:outside
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Deck material and construction:wood/dynel
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:pivoting centreboardswing board
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Related materials:awards/trophies
Related materials:photos
Rig type:gaff
Rig type:sloop
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: ME 102

Sail Number: ME 102

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