Hello there, Kit_L from Greenwell Point, Australia, here. I have put a deposit on an ex-AWB (probably a Navy one, not an Army one) and the remainder after slipping in October for some pre-arranged hull work, and anti-foul. Where we live, all wooden boats are pulled every six months for cleaning and anti-fouling. This is Coral Queen; could not get back far enough on the dock to get her all in, in one shot (phone only today). CQ is a famous tuna fishing (pole and line) boat in this region. She is 40', full-displacement hull, 5' draft, weighs ~11 tons, and is rated to carry 12 tons. She is oregon planks on Australian hardwood frames, and is fitted with a sweet-running Gardner 6LW (84 hp @ 1,300 rpm), and currently holds 750 litres of diesel in twin, connected tanks fitted amidships. She has had additional planking above the original deck and substantial scuppers aft between the new planking and the deck. What is the technical term for this planking, BTW, please? A friend over at Trawler Forum suggested I post here, because of her similarity to DE lobster/fishing boats, but she is an earlier vintage than most of the boats I have seen here, so far, and she's definitely not a semi-displacement hull like most of the DEs I have seen! AFAIK, she was build in 1946, but that is to be confirmed once I find her build plate. Her instrumentation is basic (CRT chart-plotter and sounder), good magnetic compass, 27MHz radio, and hydraulic steering and autopilot. I will be fitting a new chart-plotter. The third image shows an original AWB. After completing the deal in mid-October, I want to pull the current fish well and two live bait tanks, and fit a low-profile aft cabin, for a single berth, chart-table and seats on one side, and decent galley on the other, and a composting head in the bow (twin V-berths presently). I want a shower, deck level behind the wheel-house too, eventually. The wheel-house will have a second berth. The current aft-deck setup can be seen in the fourth image. She uses 5–6 l/hour at 6kn, at 1,200 rpm. She is sea-kindly, has great heavy weather capacity and no stabilisation. She probably never will! She is about as basic and functional as most work boats are in this area, and they go out in all weather. I will be refitting to current finish standards; i.e., work boat finish! Her windows are perspex; wheel house is wood, and matte paint the finish above the waterline; non-slip paint on the decks. I know this is very different to most boats here, but perfectly fitting her past. She has been to Papua New Guinea at least once, so far; she is not a show boat, that's for sure. More images to come. All help with suggestions for the refit post October will be very appreciated. TIA .