With Kings Lynn CRC and CRABlakeney, North Norfolk has four St Ayles skiffs on the water and earning their keep – built and rowed by a happy band of enthusiasts.
Now there is news of more activity. In a secret location in the outskirts of Wells-next-the-Sea, Barrie and I were led blind-fold to witness a beautiful sight….well, maybe not quite so dramatic, perhaps, but:
The team (Team Guella) led by Graham and inspired and egged on by Patsy, have battled a couple of enforced location changes and the North Norfolk winter weather but are now settled in a fine marquee. No heating and a single power lead from the nearby Scout hut – but nothing daunts skiff-builders.
The building frame, moulds and stems were set up and when we arrived last night, the team were just checking that the garboards (first planks next to the keel, ‘sand-strucks’ as they are known here in Norfolk!) had glued and fixed OK. All was well, so many hands made light work of shaping and preparing the next two planks.
Dry-fitting and presenting up to the ‘hull’, then tweaking a bit more before checking again, gradually a fair shape evolved. By the time we left, all was ready for glueing on Friday morning.
Working a couple of hours Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings only, means it is not the quickest build, but care and attention will ensure a rewarding result. Looking forward to the next milestone, the turning-over party.
Thank you for letting us come and see. Anything we can do to help, please let us know.