Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Vintage Fishing Boats - Wyong River

These old long boats are still used today by the fishermen in Wyong. Today most of the fishermen in the region now live in million dollar properties beside the river and have alternate jobs working in town. However, these boats played an important role in the Riverlands around Wyong and Tuggerah Lake. Most of the boats are built using the carvel method that was popularised in the 1960's. Most of the boats have since been refurbished and coated with fiberglass at various stages in their life, to help with durability. Outboard motors have also been fitted in place of the old inboard motors too. These days the number of boats has been reduced to about six, having been replaced by modern craft. However these long boats are very specialized to the region and remain the preferable choice because the boats were built by master craftsman of the time who knew the lake and its conditions well. Even with that in mind, commercial fishing is a declining trade because of the number of fish being imported to the region. They are if anything; a reminder of the rapid change affecting the region.

Tags: boat fishing retro wyong social change
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