Category Archives: Building the boat

How we built the skiff

Still talking about oars!

Above is an image of the recommended hardwood/softwood oar, courtesy of Topher Dawson, complete with the photographer’s shadowy signature. The oars that we will build are very similar, except that we won’t be having the ball and slot oarlock system devised by … Continue reading

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Talking about Oars

  I hope that this post won’t be too technical, but at least it could provide something to talk about if anyone is out on a first date in Anstruther, North Berwick or Ullapool, where oars are the talk of … Continue reading

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Circumnavigation of Seil, and Ceilidh, 11 June

This year’s regatta is a circumnavigation of the Isle of Seil, anti-clockwise, on Saturday 11 June, starting from Balvicar at 0900, Hunters Quay at 0930. Crews which have confirmed so far are Selkie, Isle of Mull, Pittenweem and the Isle … Continue reading

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We’ve got a Trolley

Once again we’ve picked the brains of the Ullapool people and copied their ideas for a trolley, which is 90% there, just needing some paint, some scrap carpet glued to the supporting pads and the axles drilled to take big … Continue reading

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The Selkie Logo has arrived just in time

Courtesy of our design team consisting of Neve, Paul and Adam. What do people think?

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Rules – What are they for? What is their status?

I’m sure that most of us just want to go rowing, but there are some sad people who think about dry and dusty things like the rules. Later this year when we go to the Skiffieworlds there will probably be … Continue reading

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The Final Job List

The trouble with any building project is that as it nears completion the to-do list gets longer and longer. At least with the hull nearly painted we’re very much in the last lap with only a few big jobs left … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s painting didn’t happen

No painting today for two reasons. Firstly, only two people turned up. The minimum number to comfortably do the inside of the boat in a session is three. Secondly, the undercoat was still a bit soft. Paint had pooled between … Continue reading

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Sunday’s painting went well too

As you will see the first undercoat was applied today, in rather good conditions, so it will be interesting to see how quickly it dries. The keen eyed will see that we had a distinguished visitor too. Meantime the rudder … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s painting session went well

Thanks to Ray Norris’s space heater and the bits of water pipe  some kind soul left in the shed  yesterday’s painting session went very smoothly  and the second coat of primer on the inside of the hull is (finally!) complete. The space heater … Continue reading

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