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Man wanted to make footbraces

The oars and rudder are in hand, but there is still a vital part of the skiff to be constructed. The stroke oar’s footbrace is fixed, though we will be able to use blocks for shorter people. or the remaining … Continue reading

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Rowers wanted

The plan is to have Selkie in the water by 1st May at the very latest, so it is time to start putting together Seil’s rowing teams. You can register your interest using the small form in the right hand … Continue reading

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Painting Progress

The first coat of primer was put on the inside today. Unfortunately the epoxy filleting done yesterday had not gone off properly, so it was not possible to sand these areas down . . .  and there are still a … Continue reading

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Launching places for the skiff

With  the skiff about to metamorphose from  a project in a shed into a community asset there are a few practical issues to consider, not the least of which is where the boat can be launched. When the Anstruther skiff came … 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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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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