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.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

In a Nutshell 2

Day 9 and the Nutshell is ready, primed and awaiting her owner. Funny how you get to bond with a boat. I found myself looking at it (her) from all angles and quite liking what I saw.

Inevitably I couldn't let it go without adding some capping to the transoms, to hide the end grain. There's something about plywood end grain that makes me cringe. Better to hide it, although I couldn't do the same with the lodging knees.

I did, however, add a touch of proper boat building by riveting them through, and it makes sense too. Those rivets will makes sure the shape stays in for as long as the boat lasts.

All in all then, I have to say that I am pleased with the result. Joel White designed a fine tender, and the plans (I have a few quibbles) were accurate.

1 comment:

  1. As you know Adrian I'm totally sold on the Nutshell (see my posting on

    Perhaps you can persuade your client to have the sailing rig and we can eventually have a Nutshell Regatta. I'm sure you would enjoy making the spars etc traditionally and they're fantastic fun to sail.