Vendia 9mm planking from Finland and Collano Semparoc glue from Switzerland, plus a few coats of International Clear Primer, white paint, what a brilliant combination to build a boat. Here's the latest Viking Boats of Ullapool creation, an Iain Oughtred-designed Arctic Tern, the 17ft version, after being turned. and at the long process of fitting out begins.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Viking Boats of Beijing...

Tongue in cheek I suggested in my latest bit of columnar Classic Boat nonsense that I would soon start importing clinker dinghies from China, where they could no doubt turn them out far cheaper and probably to a high standard (given a few hundred to practice on first).

And now I've just had an email to say that my domain name ( will soon be joined by eight others, in India and the Far East:

I build to a viking tradition, at least. The idea of viking style boats being built in the Far East is, well far fetched. I wasn't aware that their influence extended that far? But then the name vikings seems to have been appropriated by all and sundry, including a company that supplies office supplies. Can't see where looting and plundering has much in common with paperclips and post-it notes...

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