Boatbuilding and repair...

...Marine carpentry

Schleicher Rhönbussard

In 1937 the Schleicher Rhönbussard was just about the state of the art in gliders. Things have moved on but there is a thriving vintage gliding community in this country and in the rest of Europe. Most of these aircraft were built in a combination of plywood and...

Wild Goose – Part 2

I am slightly taken aback to discover that Wild Goose has now been in the workshop for nearly three years. To be fair, she was always a side project to be worked on in quieter times and I was away sailing for four months last year. Still, the job continues to move...

New Boat for Old

The local open boat race fleet is thriving and has reached the point where the doesn’t seem to be enough boats to go round. One new boat has been built recently but this is a huge commitment in time and money so people have been looking for easier ways.  As a...

Wild Goose

Every now and again a boat comes along that leads me to break my rule about not buying any more boats. The excuses this time are: She is a well known local boat with a local sail number and a reputation for sailing well so she should be easy enough to sell when she is...
It’s not all boats

It’s not all boats

Boat building involves a lot of transferable skills and from time to time this gets me involved in projects which have nothing to do with boats. Sometimes I do my best to keep out of this sort of thing especially when it starts to involve MDF, chipboard and similar...