‘Kitchen door’ scow moth offers a window into sailing history

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Amber Fishwick, 10, and dad David rig up the scow moth.
Camera IconAmber Fishwick, 10, and dad David rig up the scow moth. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

If you go down to the Geraldton Yacht Club, you might just be in for a surprise.

Especially if junior commodore David Fishwick decides to get out his scow moth.

Scow moths are affectionately known as “kitchen doors” for their rectangular, slab-like appearance.

The underside of the scow moth.
Camera IconThe underside of the scow moth. Credit: Reuben Carder/Geraldton Guardian

But the older hulls are still around, and if you’re lucky and you get down to the foreshore at the right time, you just might get a look at a piece of history.

That’s not exactly the case now — new moth designs can include tunnel hulls, carbon fibre and hydrofoils.

The Geraldton Yacht Club is holding its final club meet for the season this Sunday. Sailing will start about 9.30am. The club is due to hold the Batavia Regatta onJune 5-6.

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