She is all planked upūüėÄ

We have finally finished the planking of Boat #1. The last plank, Port 6, was glued into place on Wednesday night. It was great that the Club’s Bosun, Nathan, who has done so much in preparing our perfect little workshop, happened to drop in just as the last clamps we’re going on.


As mentioned in the previous post Charles Colvin has started the oars. He insisted that I got a feel of the oar in its early stages. We have sourced some very nice Oregon and Charles is doing a great job so we should have some great oars for the boats.


The next stage is to fit the keel and outer stems. This should be finished by next Wednesdsy so we plan to have a turning over party next Thursday evening. We will ask Brian Cain to invite the bar to wander down to the shed after Thursday sailing results to give us a hand.


She is beginning to look like a boatūüėÄ


Today we glued on Strake 5 on the starboard side and prepared the port one for tomorrow.

We also temporarily placed Stake 6 on and got the first idea of how she was going to look after the planking was finished.


If all goes well this will happen on Wednesday night.

Charles Colvin started building the oars today but banned me from showing any photos of his techniques in case they leaked to RPYC.

Strake three

Another excellent day at the St Ayles’ shed.

Strake 3 Рboth sides Рwere fixed in position and so we now are half way through the planking.


We also scarfed and glued both strake 4 planks that will be finally glued in place tomorrow night. In addition we scarfed both plank 5s which we can glue up tomorrow night in preparation for the Wednesday team.

We have developed the technique were we temporarily screw a plank on and then use it to fit the following plank. We then take it off to prepare and then do the final fix while other members of the team glue the scarfs on the following plank so they will be ready for the next session.

We also had a visit today from a member of the Men’s Shed in Augusta who are seriously considering building a St Ayles. If all the potential boats that we know of go ahead, we will have 8 boats this time next year in Western Australia. Watch out Tasmania!

First plank fixed


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Rob Perron and Chris Bowman fitting the starboard garboard.


Good afternoon as we glued the first plank finally into place. The starboard garboard is now on the frame. We also scarfed and glued the port garboard which we will glue on tomorrow night. Hopefully we will get both Plank 2s glued up so we can fit them on Wednesday afternoon.