Paddle Steamer Curlip Hull Repairs to commence soon.

The boat repair committee of Paddle Steamer Curlip have finalised the due diligence and methodology to repair the hull of the vessel. Original reports of a total hull rebuild were premature. Only a small number of plank sections need replacement.

We are starting the process of liaising with our marine surveyors and marine regulators on the way ahead. The original estimates of $320,000.00 complete replacement hull were grossly overstated. After approvals, we will be applying a new epoxy saturated 22mm marine ply skin fitted with a flexible, waterproof membrane and mechanical fixing. 

The Teredo worm's have been removed and the holes are undergoing repair, the new hull outer skin will provide an impervious waterproof barrier, that will flex with any minor hull movement.

Our crowd funding can now proceed, as we have established an accurate $85,000.00 repair and construction cost. A great outcome, thank you to our hard working and diligent committee.

Visit to make a donation our join as a member of Paddle Steamer Curlip.

Visit to make a donation our join as a member of Paddle Steamer Curlip.

Planning program for Paddle Steamer Curlip

With The New Year well under way, the board of management, volunteers and Friends of Curlip, have had a well earned break. Most of our board and many members of our sister organisation the Gippsland Lakes Classic Boat Club have been on the bi annual pilgrimage to the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart.

Our members and supporters have returned with recharged batteries and lots of wonderful ideas for Paddle Steamer Curlip. 

Curlip has now been on the hard stand at Squatters Row Paynesville, since December 22. The time spent has been a period of evaluation, allowing her hull timbers to dry out. The Teredo Navalis, or marine shipworm infestation, has now been eradicated during this drying out process. A combination of fresh water flushing and the hot weather has killed all worm evidence.

We have formed two working group committees, one for the evaluation and best practices for the repair of the hull. This committee is comprised of James Frecheville, Tim Heaney, Robert Young, Bill Jones and co ordinated by Gary Plumley, Chairman P.S.Curlip Inc. We have started the process of the options and methods of re construction and repairs and will work in conjunction with accredited marine surveyors and the national controller AMSA to ensure that best practices are upheld and observed. Suitably qualified and keen members are welcome.

The second committee will be our fund raising committee. We are inviting any members of our 2 associations, P.S.Curlip Inc and GLCBC who may be interested to join this committee. Any members of the East Gippsland Public, other clubs or associations who may be able to help with fund raising, crowd funding or government grant application skills will be made most welcome.

Last year was a massive year for, planning, co ordination and gaining approvals to move Paddle Steamer Curlip to the Gippsland Lakes, this year we are faced with multiple challenges that will require the cohesive, well planned working together of many community minded people, to return Paddle Steamer Curlip to her former glory.

If you would like to help in any way and believe you can make a contribution, please email Paddle Steamer Inc Chairman, Gary Plumley ....

We must all remember that this remarkable vessel is an asset of all of the people of East Gippsland. Once back in service any surplus funds will be re generated into assisting other community projects and causes. She will become a very positive and important community contributor...with your help. THANK YOU.

Paddle Steamer Curlip on her leased hard stand at Squatters Row, Slip Road, Paynesville.

Paddle Steamer Curlip on her leased hard stand at Squatters Row, Slip Road, Paynesville.

Paddle Steamer Curlip lifted from water today.

The Paddle Steamer Curlip was lifted clear of the water today, with the help of her committed committee of management led by Gary Plumley, Peter Medling, Robert Young, Grant Ottaway and Tony Dodson. The team were ably supported by the many volunteers of Friends of Curlip, who assisted. Thanks to Dallas Within and his team from Rivex Cranes and the team from Boom Cranes, you are true professionals, a dual crane lift, co ordinated to swing more than 50 tonnes of Paddle Steamer onto her new home for the next 6 months.

Tomorrow we erect 140 metres of Cyclone wire fencing and gates around her donated by Ross Heath. The hard work will begin as we start to remove her underwater planking to replace her hull, attacked by Teredo Naval Worms.

We need your help to raise more than $260,000.00 to rebuild her hull, she is an asset of the people of East Gippsland and should be preserved for future generations of Australians and visitors from all over the world who will get to ride on her once we have completed the works.

Please visit to volunteer, donate, join, or become a sponsor. Thank you.

Spoil yourself, or someone you love this Christmas.

Why not give someone you love, or someone you know who will love a Paddle Steamer Curlip gift this Christmas. Gift memberships, books, T-shirts or if you really luv that someone a Rod Cross, limited edition print of P.S.Curlip steaming down the Gippsland Lakes.

We may even get the big guy to come down your chimney....

The big guy in red has already given Paddle Steamer Curlip a new set of covers and clears, thanks to the amazing support of the Canvasbarn.  he noticed we needed some help whilst googling from our roof...

The big guy in red has already given Paddle Steamer Curlip a new set of covers and clears, thanks to the amazing support of the Canvasbarn. he noticed we needed some help whilst googling from our roof...

PS Curlip, this is how we keep the 'BIG WHEELS TURNING'

Many people who are already visiting Paddle Steamer Curlip, at her new home in Paynesville are asking how her engine works, the attraction to steam power and the need to understand it's mechanics comes from the smallest children. This video clip of Paddle Steamer Curlip in operation, during her epic relocation voyage in October 2016, from Marlo to the Gippsland Lakes, is a great example of the wonders of steam.

Paddle Steamer Curlip's Call for Help

Well, it's almost time for Paddle Steamer Curlip to be lifted out of the water, onto her new hardstand at Squatters Row, Slip Road Paynesville. We will confirm the day, next week, that will see the Rivex cranes, provided by Dallas Within and members of our group place her onto her wooden supports and steel upright supports.

We will then be in a position to co-ordinate our volunteer helpers into work groups to start our rebuilding program.

I will leave you to ponder, the quote on the graphic below .... we cannot guarantee a happy life on the immense ocean, but we certainly can offer you a fantastic rebuild project to be involved with on PS Curlip. We promise we just won't get you to collect wood.

Please go to our members page on the website and send us an email on the form outlining your wish to give us a hand. You don't have to become a member, but we would really appreciate it if you could.