Inwales affixed

This week we made and glued the inwales into the first boat. We have gone for the type that has a spacer between the two laminations that is stronger and makes the boat easier to pick up.


We also had a major sanding session on boat #2.


The oar team is going flat out on the eight oars we need. They even had a young helper.


Next week we will do the inwales for Boat #2 and maybe the gunnels for Boat #1


Boat #2 turned over

Last night the team gathered to take our second St Ayles Skiff off the moulds and turn her over.

We then wheeled her out of the shed to join her sister.


The building frame was then removed and taken over to the Dragon shed from where it will be picked up by the team that plans to build two St Ayles skiffs for the Navy Sea Cadets.

Our skiffs were then put side by side in the St Ayles Shed.


The plan now will be to start fitting the inwhales and gunnels to the first boat while we start cleaning and filling the interior of the second.

Major progress


Rob Perrin and Charles Colvin working on the rudders and oars.


We have had a big week getting strake 4 and 5 on to the hull of Boat #2.

We are also making good progress on the first set of oars and the rudders.

Next week we will finish the planking on Boat #2 and start fitting the keel and outer stems before lifting her off the moulds and turning her over.

Boat #2 half planked

We have been making great progress with Boat #2 and have reached an important milestone. The third strake has now been fitted so we are halfway.


This photo shows the great shed we have at RFBYC.

As soon as we finish planking and putting on the outer stems and keel we will turn Boat #2, remove the building frame and moulds and finish off both boats together.

Boat # 2 underway

With Boat #1 off the moulds it is time to get cracking on Boat # 2.

With the moulds already set up from Boat # 1 it was just a matter of adding the frames we had already glued together to the moulds and laminating the inner and outer stem and stern.

The setup was then carefully checked to ensure all was lined up around the centerline. A laser was used to do this which is a great advance on a piece of string because it gives a three dimensional picture of the set up.


The Laser lighting up the centre of the stern and along the floor to check that the stem is also lined up.


Boat #2 ready to go while Boat #1 looks on

It was then a matter of fitting the hog and bevelling both it, the frames and the stem and stern.


Steve Ward scribing the bearded line onto the apron.

We also offered up the garboard and checked it was sitting comfortably on the frames and stems before scarfing and glueing it together as well as its partner.

All going well we should get the garboards on next Monday.


Boat #1 turned over

It was a big night for the St Ayles building team and interested Members of RFBYC as last night we lifted our first boat off the moulds and turned her over.

Prior to the turn Steve Ward offered a traditional boat builders toast;

There are good ships , there are wooden ships and some that go to sea. But the best ships are friendships which is how it should always be.”


Chris Bowman added his own touch by wetting the keel in Scotch to signify the Scottish heritage of these wonderful boats.


The hull was then turned over and placed on a simple dolly that Steve had miraculously knocked up late that afternoon.

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Now for Boat # 2 !!!