Diploma

Just a bit of shameless self promotion! This is the diploma of the International Boatbuilding Training College awarded with distinction - I am very proud of it because it represents a great deal of work and achieving a high standard across a wide range of boatbuilding...

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New ground

The last few moths have been a bit of an upheaval, not only have we moved house but somehow re-fitting the kitchen, making a couple of new windows, lowering the ground level across the front of the house and building a greenhouse seem to have crept onto the schedule....

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A new plank for Leila

Leila is probably the most elegant boat I have yet worked on. She is  a William Fife designed 6 metre racing yacht built in his family yard at Fairlie on the Clyde in 1912. Much of the backbone and the larch lower planking has been replaced and now we are selectively...

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No boat is ever perfect

All boats are to a greater or lesser extent built to a price; this means that even well build new boats can benefit from some careful additions. Parker Yachts are well known for their build quality and in latter years the internal joinery was particularly high...

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Iain Oughtred – Little Tern “Skute”

Although he lives on the the isle of Skye, Iain Oughtred is in fact Australian and was born in the outskirts of Sidney. During the many years he has lived in Britain, Iain has become one of our most highly regarded designers of small wooden boats with well over 100...

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Stem Repair

Estralita, a 20 foot clinker motorboat spent much of her life carrying tourists in Salcombe harbour. She is now around a hundred years old and in need of a fair amount of repair. One of the most troublesome leaks was around the the stem where an old repair in the stem...

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Making a mast

Spar making is often considered a bit of a black art; in fact it is quite straight forward but is a painstaking process and labour intensive. You also end up with an awful lot of wood shavings on the floor. First you have to prepare for a financial shock: Sitka Spruce...

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Eleanora

Eleanora was built at the famous Gosport yard of Camper and Nicholson in 1927. She was designed in house, built largely in teak and her power came from a pair of 8 hp Stuart Turner petrol engines mounted under the floor of the aft cockpit. Much of her history is lost...

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Lady Gwynfred

The Thames sailing barge Lady Gwynfred was a 68 ton sprit rigged, wooden barge built by Glover at Gravesend in 1904. Like many barges she had a varied career and came to a sad end. She operated as general trading barge under sail up to 1933 when she sank at Blackwall...

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Aquila Maris – refitting a Westerly Fulmar

Aquila Maris started life with Barklays Bank ( Aquila Maris = Sea Eagle which is Barklays' emblem). She is an early fin keeled Westerly Fulmar. Well used by Barklays she then spent two or three years ashore before a number of years of hard use as a family cruising...

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