Australian Heritage Listed Classic Double Ender

Yarrawonga is a traditional racing yacht and was designed by Archibald Barber and built by Charles Larson. Charlie’s shed was located at Wharf Road in Gladesville on the northern side the Parramatta River NSW and she was launched in 1939.

Yarrawonga had a fabulous sailing career and she is sistership to “Rani”, winner of the inaugural Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in 1945. Further to her racing life, she worked as a day-patrol vessel during the second world war and had a gun mounted where you would usually find a mast!

Her past owners have loved racing and cruising this historic yacht, and details of her past can be found on the Australian National Maritime Museum Yacht Register. She had a major re-fit including replacement of the deck in 2001 in Tasmania and she is still in superb condition.

A true piece of Australian Yachting History and ready for her next adventure with a new owner!

5 Reasons to buy this boat

  • Beautiful bronze fittings throughout
  • Rebuilt decks in Beech
  • Australian Heritage listed
  • Classic beautiful lines
  • Mercedes engine

Boat Specs

Make / ModelClassic double ender. Sistership to RANI
Designer / BuildArchibald Barber / Charles Larson
Length36 ft with 6 ft Draft
LocationPittwater NSW

Boat Inventory

Reference Number
Classic Sloop
Double ender
Hull Material
Huon pine carvel plank over spotted gum frames
New South Wales
Pittwater, NSW, Australia
Vessel Name
Launch Year
9 ft
6 ft
Deck Material
Beech over dynal sheathed ply
Keel / balast
Long keel, lead balast
Archie Barber
Charles Larson

Engine Make: Drinkwaard Mercedes 4-cylinder Marine Diesel
Fuel Type: Diesel
Fuel Tank: Stainless steel 80 Lt
Propeller: 3 blade bronze
Drive Type: Stainless Steel Shaft
Steering system: On deck tiller steering

Deck Gear
4 sheet handling winches. Dinghy roller fwd at toerail. Bronze dorades. Mainsheet and traveller have Dutch Tufnol Blocks
Ground Tackle
CQR Anchor and chain located in bow forward of V-berth. ABI Bronze, manual Windlass mounted on foredeck and twin anchor roller in-set in the stem.
Various covers for equipment and boom, plus all over boat cover for long term weather protection. Cockpit weather awning arrangement is also onboard but needs review of use.
The interior is finished in Huon Pine and Australian Cedar with Birds Eye Maple detailing and white painted surfaces.
The main cabin/ saloon features port and starboard galley and two settee berths forward of the galley with a dining table, and suitable storage. The settees have proper sea-rails making them idea underway berths and the cabin is light filled by way of the deck light hatch above.
Full Berth in Bow via centre drop board
The cabin is decorated with multiple antiquities including a Schatz Yacht Clock and Barometer.
Forward of the mast bulkhead is a small head and hold down hand basin, further storage, and V-berth in the bow.
The cockpit is well set up for short-handed sailing with tiller steering, mainsheet on aft traveller and 4 sheet handling winches, and has good protection from deck water via high cockpit coaming. The cockpit also features an in-fill that doubles as a table. Engine start panel is hidden in forward panel of cockpit.
Note- the boat has not sailed for some years, so sailing systems need further review.
On- Deck: The deck is laid with beech and finished with varnish. Deck hatches and skylights are teak. The deck is preserved with a sealer, a light sanding would bring back to pristine condition. On deck details such as all bronze deck hardware including cleats, air dorades, winches etc add to the charm of the vessel.
The deck hatches are all timber and raised, and the raised cabin has opening bronze port holes for ventilation and light.

The galley is either side of the main cabin at the bottom of the companionway stairs and provides suitable preparation area. It also includes:
- Smev 2 burner gas cook top
- 12-volt Waeco Fridge and freezer (separate units)
- Storage outboard and aft under the cockpit
Note- Gas bottle is currently located in galley. This will need to be rectified for future use
Water Capacity
200 litres in plastic tanks
Safety Gear
Equipment to be reviewed, none signed at time of inspection
Bilge Pumps
Electric with float switch
12-volt system comprising an engine start and house battery and battery selector switch, battery charger etc.
12-volt navigation lights, cabin lights etc
240-volt domestic electrical System has been installed with multiple power boards.
Note- Electrical system to be reviewed as limited detail available at time of inspection.
Sail Inventory
Mainsail and Headsail in Tan. While the sails are approximately 10 years old, they have been in covers and only used used for max 2 hours.
Mast Rigging
The mast is Oregon and rigged with Stainless steel wire rigging on two in-line spreaders. Two bronze halyard winches are fitted to the side of the mast. Boom is also Oregon and has bronze end fittings The forestay has a “Reef Furl” headsail furler fitted with lead rope back to cockpit. Mainsheet and traveller have Dutch Tufnol Blocks

Disclaimer: Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided, details are intended as a general guide to the vessel and its contents. Details are supplied by sellers and the accuracy of those details cannot be guaranteed by Vicsail.

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