CYGNET is a wooden racing and cruising yacht built in Tasmania in 1925. It was designed and built by members of the Wilson Bros in Cygnet, and they have been one of the principal boatbuilding firms in Tasmania.
CYGNET was originally built to the requirements of the 21 Foot Restricted Class, one of Australia’s most important yacht racing classes that had its heyday from the 1920s through to the early 1950s. CYGNET is one of only two extant Tasmanian boats of the four built in that state to this rule.
It has since been modified to become a cruising yacht and was also well known in that role. It now retains that configuration representing a resourceful and successful adaptation that has helped the yacht remain in use, and the main elements original hull are still incorporated in the revised structure.