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.

Strake three

Another excellent day at the St Ayles’ shed.

Strake 3 – both sides – were 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!

Construction has commenced


The following report was received from Paul Raiffer today.

“A good start to the project. Monday’s group unpacked the materials, sorted the tools, built the platform on which to mount the skiffs and commenced the cut-out of the templates. Tuesdays’s group continued the cutting out of the remaining templates, trimmed and sorted the pieces, built six of the frame moulds and then loosely put them together with the spacers to produce the following to give us an idea of it’s spatial layout.”

So so we are off and running which is great news.