Monthly Archives: February 2013

Tips from Ullapool

Ewan had a great visit to the far North to look at the Ullapool skiffs and reports as follows. If we have weather like now the Skiffie Worlds will be fantastic. Ullapool was sparkling in the winter sun and a … Continue reading

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The painting begins

The skiff was turned on Sunday after the final sanding session. A wee bit more work is needed to fillet in under the thwarts and the  breasthooks on the inside, but it was too cold for the epoxy during  the … Continue reading

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Jobs list for 17th February

The final parts of the gunwales are on and will be unclamped. The cox’s seat (improved version, not the fairies’) is in as well. Structurally the hull is complete, just over five months since we started laminating parts, and that … Continue reading

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Gunwales still nearly done

This is taking a bit longer than we bargained for, probably because we were rude about the fairies but maybe also because our work at these critical points is highly visible and has to be right. We had to put … Continue reading

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Gunwales nearly done

Today the inner parts of the gunwales were cut to length and scarfed for gluing up during the week. This just leaves the outer strips, which may well be done by some fairies before next weekend. We’re not too sure … Continue reading

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Vote for a name for the skiff

We’ve drawn up a shortlist of ten names  from suggestions  made by the school, by shareholders and by members of the building team. The names are going to be published in this month’s Seilachan. ( Some Gaelic translations: Sguman = … Continue reading

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8th Feb

Yesterday we cut the scarphs and shaped the ends of the outer inwhale pieces and test-fitted them. We also shaped the breasthooks. Today we had intended to glue up the outer inwhale pieces both sides, using brass screws to fix … Continue reading

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6th Feb

Got the small blocks glued along the other side and test-fitted and marked up the pieces for the rest of the inwhale.

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5th Feb – more inwhale work

Today we began to glue the small inwhale support blocks in place. The main purpose of this construction is to leave holes for water to drain out if the boat is left inverted; this is a place wooden boats that tend … Continue reading

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4th Feb

Today we glued the inner halves of the long blocks in place. These long blocks are deisgned to provide structural support for the thole pins / rowlocks or whatever mechan ism we eventually use to connect the oars to the boat. … Continue reading

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