.A couta boat is a type of boat sailed predominantly in Victoria and focused in Sorrento, Portsea and Queenscliff. It was originally used as a fishing boat around the coast there from around 1870 until the 1930s, although it survived as a commercial fishing boat until the 1950s. The Couta Boats while a traditional Gaff rig are surprisingly fast and go very quickly to windward. There were one of the first development classes out of necessity simply because the fisherman who got back to port the quickest got the best price for his catch. These days the Couta Boats are built new in several builders sheds mostly on the Mornington Peninsula the most famous being Tim Phillips Wooden Boat Shop in Portsea. Modern day sails from Doyle as an example has seen even more speed come from these boats. During the summer many of today’s best sailors can be seen “guesting” on a Couta Boat.