The history of the Couta Boat is an important part of SSCBC. The Couta Boat’s humble beginning dates back to as early as 1885 when the Couta Boat was traditionally used for fishing for barracouta along the coast of Bass Strait, thus named “Couta”. Fishermen earned their living catching barracouta and crayfish and would race their boats back to market to secure the best price for their catch.

Many of the Couta Boats still racing at SSCBC today are restored originals built as far back as 1885 and race competitively alongside newer boats. Ask one of our skippers for the history of their boat and they will be delighted to share their story with you.

SSCBC is privileged to enjoy the largest Couta Boat fleet in Australia.