Hoi Larntan launched


A crowd of some 60 plus (I am told now, it was nearer 160)  friends and skiff-builders gathered at Blakeney Sailing Club as Hoi Larntan took to the waters of the Cut. A little sprinkling of single malt whisky helped her on her way.

A few strokes to get a rhythm then away. Back for a crew change and out again.

A great result after more than 750 hours work.

Forecast is good so due out again on the tide at 07:30 today, Sunday.


‘Finished’ may be a slight exaggeration but ready to launch on Saturday – YES!

Thanks to a late night visit to Neil Thomson’s yard at Glandford last night to scrounge half a can of varnish and Adrian, Juliet and Shaun’s efforts today, thwarts are pegged, towing eye in and name applied.


A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed in whatever way.

Phew…time for a glass of something refreshing.


Shaun ‘painting’ the name…not a vinyl letter in sight.



Surely not woodworm at this late stage…?


Just two days left and…

Adrian has been hard at work painting the sheerstrake etc.  Alan has sanded endlessly, aided by Roger. John has attended to the launching trolley and trailer while Ian has pretended to keep busy with a varnish brush in his hands. Shaun has morticed the rudder and reamered the holes for the thole pins. The list of ‘things to do’ is diminishing.

No pictures as the final effect will be revealed when she emerges from the barn. 

But Steve Soanes (who is a star) has offered this, for those who speak Norfolk…

A clue: we have four GPs and a plastic surgeon on the team!


Seven days to go…

Barrie, John, Alan and Adrian have all been busy sanding, cleaning and painting. Two primers, two undercoats and two topcoats (could do with rubbing down twice more and two more topcoats, but…). Plan is to turn her back upright again on Monday to add the name, some colour and start the process of finishing the interior.

Good news…the Princess Royal is to open the Skiffie Worlds in Ullapool 8th  July.


10 days to go…

The interior had a coat of cream gloss paint, Andy delivered the four beautiful oars and then it was time to turn her over. Giles, John, Ian and Adrian with full support team including Lina bringing a freshly baked carrot cake, lifted and spun Hoi Larntan over in all of four and a half minutes.

SInce then, Barrie supervised the shaping of the keel and between us, using a multi-million pound router bit, bought specially for the job we cut the bevel.

Alan drew the short straw and spent the next day sanding and vacuuming in equal doses. We mixed up the high-tech, high-build primer and I had to leave Alan to finish off as I had a meeting I had to attend (cunning planning, that!). Second coat on yesterday and now curing.

Steve Soanes of Soanes Signs has prepared the name-strip and Adrian (T) has the colour-work for the sheerstrake in hand.

Tom has organised the band and posters are appearing, inviting all to the launch on Saturday 25 May. 

Now, 10 days to go and still 14 days work left to do – mmm…

Starting first primer coat – Image


All are invited – 




Best of luck to Adrian Hodge and crew who are Braving the canals and lagoon of Venice to take part in the Voga Longa marathon row (usually over 1500 boats!) – just a bit of overseas training away from the competition, you understand.

P.S. Vicky, Roger, Charlie and Juno are still storm-bound in Dartmouth (8 days now). 

See: http://www.junotrip.com