Elfyn

Elfyn
Elfyn finished and launched in Ullapool in a gentle south westerly.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

That Shetland Boat again...

Well, here she is, sans oars and floorboards. What can I say?





7 comments:

  1. Nice and not a drop of varnish to be seen, she should stay looking good for longer - fabulous shape

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  2. Will we be seeing her on the water? Hope so.

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  3. Beautiful boat! Thanks for the additional pics!

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  4. She´s beautifull and 100% oars. She must be very tippy without the oars sticking out to the sides. We often forget how much 2 sets of oars stabilize a hull.

    She looks a lot like the Oughtred St. Ayles skiff so popular these days.

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  5. Ah, but she does have a rig! And I will be sailing her when the weather improves and I have made her some oars.

    The photos suggest a tippiness that is less apparent in real life. She has ample stability and the characteristic 45-degree angled garboards that give these boats grip, and help give them a stiffer midships section by hardening the turn of the bilge somewhat.

    Clever Mr Ian Best, the builder, and generations of Shetland men who refined the shape (and of course the Vikings, without whom we would never have had these shapes in the first place).

    Maybe more photos? Let me know...

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  6. What kind of rig would that be. In Scandinavia this kind of boats had sprit and jib rigs. A very low aspect sail area. When the main is almost square, the tension from the sprit straightens the jib. No stays needed.
    Here you have a drawing of a little sweetie:
    http://www.batritningar.se/BoatplansDetails.aspx?Id=5

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  7. I have yet to see the rig. Maybe next week, if the weather serves, we may launch her. Photos, of course...

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