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.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Another I did Earlier

The new heading photo shows the stage of building a boat I like perhaps the best - when all the planking is done and it's just a case of fitting the knees and other bits and pieces. All the shiny roves gleam in serried ranks, set against the gold of the larch planking, the shape defined by the steamed timbers. It's the moment when you stand back and say "Gosh/goodness/blimey (etc) did I really make that?" It's the culmination of a number of small processes, spiling, cutting planks, thicknessing, dry fitting, cutting jerrolds or gains, steaming... All of which must be done methodically and as meticulously as possible over a period of 10 days or so, before the moulds can be taken down and the timbers steamed in. It's why, despite the complexities and frustrations, I build boats in solid timber.

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