Category Archives: Building the boat

How we built the skiff

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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Getting on with the Oars

The Great Hut When our build started like most of the Seil Skiffies I had no experience rowing with longer oars, only distant memories of Bingham’s Pond (come in number Nine your time’s up etc  etc) and in those days … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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