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Betty

Vessel Number: HV000321
Date: 1900
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 6.71 m x 2.44 m x 1.07 m (22 ft x 8 ft x 3.5 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
BETTY is a small yacht designed by William Golding of Balmain, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales around 1900. Golding was one of the better known designers and builders of 18-foot skiffs and other small craft. Not many examples of his work are thought to remain extant. BETTY is largely unaltered and exhibits typical hallmarks of the Balmain style of skiff, such as the hollow bow waterlines, plumb stem and curved sheerline. It has a been a pleasure craft in the same family since 1923.
DescriptionBETTY is a 6.7 metre long gaff rigged sloop, carvel planked in New Zealand kauri. Its early history is not well recorded. In 1923 the boat was bought by Captain Jack Whetton, and has been passed on through his family ever since. Information from the family notes that BETTY was designed by Golding, and most probably built by him at his Balmain yard.

The hull shape is very typical of the early 1900s. It has a plumb stem and plumb transom, and was originally fitted with a centreboard. Captain Whetton changed this to a long keel around 1929, and lengthened the small cabin house.

For thirty years from the 1970s through to the early 2000s BETTY was a fixture on the Harbour as the rescue boat for Mosman Amateur Sailing Club.

In 2009 it remained in good condition sailing regularly on Sydney Harbour.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck layout:full decked
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:wood/fibreglass
Hull shape:monohull
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Propeller:single
Rig type:gaff
Rig type:sloop
Sail cloth:cotton
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: JU313N NSW

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