sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Boats for Sale MarineBusiness-World Sail-World Racing Cruising Int Magnetic Is RW Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Sail-World.com : James Frecheville: A passion for building wooden boats
James Frecheville: A passion for building wooden boats


'Sharpie - painstakingly built'    .

James Frecheville learnt to sail at the age of 8. I don't know when he developed his passion for wooden boats and the creation of a boat an owner will 'not own, but have stewardship over' but it must have developed during his long career of sailing everything from skiff to cruising keelboat.

Now, in his workshop in Paynesville, overlooking Gippsland Lakes, James is dedicated to the creation of classic wooden boats, individual creations which will last a lifetime. This is in total contrast to the way that modern boat building is heading - plastic designer name-brand yachts, getting bigger and flashier every year.

With over forty years experience on the water and an abiding passion for boats made of wood, he has established a reputation for high quality boat repair, restoration and boatbuilding in his business of 15 years.

James Frenchville boatbuilder and restorer,photo by Andy Rogers -  .. .  

And his experience isn't only confined to Australian waters. With his wife he built and sailed a small classic yacht to England, and has sailed extensively the waters of Australia and Europe.

His travels also inspired him and increased the finesse of his workmanship. In England he worked alongside mastercraftmen at Freebodys, a famous boatyard on the river Thames restoring and building fine classic launches.

Now the boats he builds might cost a packet and can take two years to build, but they are sourced from rare recycled timbers and feature vintage paintwork.

Toonalook - another James creation -  .. .  

Even though his yachts might cost more than your average production yacht, James says he's so dedicated to the classic boat tradition he's prepared to do much of it for love, not money.

'We could do 40 hours of work and if we charge 30 hours that's good.

But he is not complaining. 'I'm a lucky man, he told the Weekly Times recently. 'I get to play with boats - that appeals to my creative side.

'And people who buy from us want something a bit different. They don't want to have a Holden Commodore like everyone else. They want a wooden boat that they don't own, but have stewardship over. It's maintaining history.

'I'm a purveyor of dreams. That's what people come to me for - they dream of a classic wooden boat.'

Rosita - speed with style -  .. .  

In all his boats he uses centuries-old traditions combined with modern electrical mechanics and engineering - although he doesn't cover such areas as upholstery or welding.

He says his customer base is small but zealous. 'It's a limited market for wooden boats. People have got to want one and wait maybe years,' he says. 'You can write a cheque and go boating tomorrow in a polyester thing.

'But those modern fibreglass boats have no soul. You have no affinity with them.'

However, he agrees that to be a traditional boat builder requires a degree of insanity. 'If you aren't mad about boats, you can't work in this industry, because it's hard, dirty and challenging, not an easy artisan trade to be in.'

If you, also, are passionate about wooden boats, you can find out more about James Frecheville at Heaney Boat builders. Their website is www.fhboats.com.au


by Lee Mylchreest

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=109148

10:42 PM Sat 4 May 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World







You scratched my seagrass! by Steven Katona, Newport, RI
















Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters by Roads and Maritime Services,


The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show by Greg Nicoll with Frank Leffelaar and Friends,


Are you ready to enter that marina? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida
















Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons by Australian Maritime Safety Authority,




World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali by World Cruising Club,




















Multihull Central: Record sales, Outremer blog, Regattas and much more
World ARC crews in Bali
Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up?
Images of marine sunsets by Tripadvisor
4th Multihull Solutions Whitsunday Rendezvous an outstanding success
Citizen science model proposed to fill fundamental ocean data gap
Evans Head volunteers rescue charter boat in dawn operation
Ocean Cruising Club celebrates 60th Anniversary with record gatherings
Shedding light on the life of former lighthouse keepers + Video
Southport Yacht Club celebrates opening of 68th season *Feature
Marine Auctions adds new recruits
2014 Auckland on Water Boat Show: Coming up at the end of September
The Boat Cookbook
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness
Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall at St John’s
Round the World racer joins Southern Pacific Inflatables
New exhibition explores role of Royal Australian Navy in WWI
18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates
World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali
Skysol Frame Large: A new shading solution for sunroofs
Governor’s Cup Yacht race - Great for cruisers and racers alike   
EU Naval flagship- frigate assist yacht twice maydays in pirate zone   
Australian Maritime Safety Authority coordinates rescue of solo sailor   
An offer a Galley Guy cannot refuse   
Dinghy Safety - More to think about   
Southport Yacht Club’s annual Sail Past and Blessing of Fleet Ceremony   
World ARC fleet to enter Indian Ocean for the first time   
Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting   
New earlier date for ICA’s Cruising Prep Seminar proving popular   
World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail   
Techno-Sciences chosen for AUS/NZ MEOSAR Infrastructure Deployment   
Marine Rescue crew saves cruiser in trouble in rough conditions   
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - Third largest boat show in Australia   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens   
World ARC participants tour Litchfield National Park   
Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package'   
Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination'   
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising   
Death by Dinghy   
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru SH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT