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Koombana

Vessel Number: HV000326
Date: 1961
Previous Owner:
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 10.66 m x 10 m x 3.19 m x 1.44 m, 10.47 tonnes (34.98 ft x 32.81 ft x 10.47 ft x 4.72 ft, 10.64 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
KOOMBANA is a Pilot Vessel that has operated in Western Australia since 1961, seeing most of its service with the Bunbury Port Authority until retired in 2011. Built by the West Australian Harbour and Lights Department it is an example of boatbuilding projects which were undertaken in-house by public service staff with the requisite skills.
DescriptionKOOMBANA is10.6 metres long with a canoe stern hull form. It was built over a two year period to an unknown design by Harbour and Lights Department shipwrights Jeff Beal, Ted and Luke Botica, and apprentice Ian Leonard. The hull is planked in jarrah and the decks are meranti from Papua New Guinea. The builders scoured the State's forests for appropriate trees for various parts of the craft, including the grown knees and stem and KOOMBANA has a very strongly built hull. The builders often worked on the vessel in their spare time.

KOOMBANA was built as the pilot vessel for the small regional port of Bunbury and has remained in service there for over forty years, except for a short period when it was loaned to nearby Geraldton. At Bunbury it has also served as a rescue craft assisting vessels in difficult and dangerous conditions. The name has an association with the area, including Koombana beach.

KOOMBANA has been well maintained over the years and in 2009 remained in good condition in 2C Survey, limited to operating no more than 60km offshore. It was retired in 2011.The vessel has had a number of engines; two Listers in the early years, then a series of four Perkins diesels up to the present day. KOOMBANA's appearance was changed when it went to Geraldton where most of the bulwarks were removed.
Vessel Details
Ballast:cast iron
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:wood/fibreglass
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Current status:outside
Deck layout:cabin
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Deck material and construction:timber plywood
Deck material and construction:wood/fibreglass
Hull material and construction:batten seam
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:canoe stern/double endedDE
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:round bottom
Hull shape:semi-displacement
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:skeg rudder
Motor propulsion:4-stroke4 cycle
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Propeller:single
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
ship:ships:Byzantine ships:ships:wheelhouse
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: DPI WA 1564

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