The boat sheds were built on the Derwent River from the 1890s to the 1930s and are in various states of repair. Many have been restored while others remain basic and are used only to store boats.

Today they are used as retreats by their owners, those for sale come with a hefty price tag of $245,000 to $275,000. This for a retreat not to be lived in on a permanent basis. Nowadays, the boat sheds appear like a colourful mosaic dominating the shoreline and are sought after and loved by their current custodians and passers by alike.