Update

A combination of snowy weather and tortuous routes to acquire the requisite timber for the next stages has led to the lack of posts lately. Even so, work has continued albeit slowly. The scarphing of planking sections went well, eventually. The aft and mid sections of all 12 planks are now securely glued. Advice from Alec Jordan (the kit provider) was to fit the forward sections on the boat when hanging the planks for real, so that’s what we’ll do. Tom has found us a 20ft length of good clean Douglas fir for the hog. Chris has been on hands, knees and on his back making the jig/former for laminating the stems and between us we have cut out and glued up the rough shape of the rudder. Taking note of other posts on various Skiff web pages we have modified the shape slightly in the hopes of reducing unhelpful drag. Again we shall have to wait and see. Adrian is keen to get started on our first set of oars.

The next major adventure is a run up to the East Riding of Yorkshire to collect the long awaited larch. This is planned for Monday 28 Jan., greatly aided by the generous loan of John Seymour’s fine trailer.

Vicky, Adrian(T) and Godfrey have been working hard on our logo and colour schemes for the first hull.

Charlie Ward has given us guidance and practical help and is always at the end of a phone with his wealth of boatbuilding experience.Image

Despite the weather we have not been idle. In fact at least 10 volunteers have come along and got their hands dirty or at least covered in good honest sawdust with others working away in the background. It’s amazing how much there is to do – and we’ve only just started!

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We have had great publicity through full or two page spreads in the North Norfolk News and the Eastern Daily Press. Many thanks to Sophie Wyllie for listening to our garbled enthusiasm and putting it in to very readable form.

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