AT17

AT17
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.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Launched at Last

Today, a day of calm after the previous weeks' gales, was tailor made for the launching of the Tammie Norrie. Pleased? Well, mostly. I have yet to add a  rubbing strip to the bottom edge of the sheer strake which will accentuate its natural sweep. And there's a plank somewhere up front that could have been wider by half an inch or so and a couple of other details.


The rig needs tweaking up quite a bit, as the tack is a few inches too low and the luff could do with more tension.


But all in all, I'm pretty pleased. Handles nicely, goes upwind with the board down well; bit slow in stays, without way on. And has a safe, solid feel about her, without being in any way lumpen (a nice word). 

And no one around to watch, except for Rona, Bran and Mattis, who is joining me for a few weeks to help with the new project. No onlookers to scratch their chins and mutter (or take unflattering photos of her skipper...!)

3 comments:

  1. You mean Tamara didn't come up for the launch?

    Looks like another fine boat.

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  2. Looks lovely. Chilly fingers though, surely?

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