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Steam Boat Association of Australia

Steaming Together

The Steam Boat Association of Australia is a non-profit organization whose members have a keen interest in steam driven vessels of all types;

large and small, old and new.
The association has over 100 members around Australia and over 60 launch size steam boats on the register.
Many of our members own Putt Putts (a term used to describe open launches with older- style petrol inboard motors). As both steam and putt putt are similar size and speed they go well together during our waterway activities, a putt putt has also been the first step towards a steamer for some members.


On these pages you will find details of a variety of Australian steamboats and steamboat projects and links to other sites of interest to fans of maritime steam.


The Association meets quarterly, usually on the fourth Tuesday of February, May. August and November at 7.30pm at the Gladesville Bowling Club in Sydney.
Meetings are informal and will usually attract a guest speaker. Recent topics have included propellers, patternmaking, experiences from the engine rooms  of the Union Steamship Company ships in the 1950's and building a triple expansion engine. Previous meetings have premiered the latest DVD in Dick Collingridge's Australia Live Steam Series; or featured such guests as vexillographer John Vaughan explaining all about flags.

Membership

Our doors are open to anyone interested in joining our growing community. As a Steam Boat Association of Australia member, you’ll have exposure to a vibrant network along with a wealth of knowledge and experience you can’t find anywhere else. Our community is tight-knit, but incredibly welcoming.

Upcoming Events

  • Paynesville Classic Boat Rally
    Paynesville Classic Boat Rally
    Fri, 01 Mar
    Paynesville Yacht Club
    01 Mar 2024, 6:00 pm – 03 Mar 2024, 3:00 pm
    Paynesville Yacht Club, Paynesville VIC 3880, Australia
    01 Mar 2024, 6:00 pm – 03 Mar 2024, 3:00 pm
    Paynesville Yacht Club, Paynesville VIC 3880, Australia
    A three-day celebration of classic boats, maritime culture and cruising on the Gippsland Lakes
  • Yorke Peninsula's Saltwater Classic
    Yorke Peninsula's Saltwater Classic
    Sat, 13 Apr
    Stansbury
    13 Apr 2024, 10:00 am – 14 Apr 2024, 4:00 pm
    Stansbury, Stansbury SA 5582, Australia
    13 Apr 2024, 10:00 am – 14 Apr 2024, 4:00 pm
    Stansbury, Stansbury SA 5582, Australia
  • 25th Bribie Classic Boat Regatta
    25th Bribie Classic Boat Regatta
    Fri, 24 May
    Moreton Bay Region
    24 May 2024, 10:00 am – 26 May 2024, 4:00 pm
    Moreton Bay Region, Moreton Bay Region, QLD, Australia
    24 May 2024, 10:00 am – 26 May 2024, 4:00 pm
    Moreton Bay Region, Moreton Bay Region, QLD, Australia
    Each May for over 25 years, the beautiful island of Bribie celebrates a rich and bountiful maritime history within the backdrop of a post-card perfect coastline by bringing the Bribie Classic Boat Regatta to the Pumicestone Passage of Queensland’s Moreton Bay.
  • Viking Festival Sussex Inlet
    Viking Festival Sussex Inlet
    Sat, 08 June
    Elmoos Reserve, Sussex Inlet
    08 June 2024, 9:00 am – 09 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Elmoos Reserve, Sussex Inlet, Unnamed Road, Sussex Inlet NSW 2540, Australia
    08 June 2024, 9:00 am – 09 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Elmoos Reserve, Sussex Inlet, Unnamed Road, Sussex Inlet NSW 2540, Australia
    A celebration of our Scandinavian Heritage
  • River Fal Rally
    River Fal Rally
    Fri, 14 June
    Cornwall
    14 June 2024, 9:00 am – 17 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Cornwall, Mylor Yacht Harbour TR11 5UF, UK
    14 June 2024, 9:00 am – 17 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Cornwall, Mylor Yacht Harbour TR11 5UF, UK
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Fri, 07 Feb
    Hobart
    07 Feb 2025, 10:00 am – 10 Feb 2025, 4:00 pm
    Hobart, Hobart TAS, Australia
    07 Feb 2025, 10:00 am – 10 Feb 2025, 4:00 pm
    Hobart, Hobart TAS, Australia
    This festival offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Australia's maritime traditions, learn about the craftsmanship involved in wooden boat construction, and celebrate the enduring beauty of these timeless vessels.
  • South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa, Cutting Rd, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa, Cutting Rd, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia

Travel Events

  • River Fal Rally
    River Fal Rally
    Fri, 14 June
    Cornwall
    14 June 2024, 9:00 am – 17 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Cornwall, Mylor Yacht Harbour TR11 5UF, UK
    14 June 2024, 9:00 am – 17 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Cornwall, Mylor Yacht Harbour TR11 5UF, UK
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Contact Us

Interested in becoming a member or simply have questions about Steam Boat Association of Australia? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate in reaching out today.

The Secretary
SBAA
NSW, 2750

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