Off she goes, Iain Oughtred's slightly foreshortened Penny Fee, at 15ft. Sails by Jeckells, spars by the wonderful Jeremy Freeland at Collars. The rest by Messrs Burke and Morgan (that's Jonny by the way...)

Wednesday, 29 February 2012


After a day of more or less scratching our heads over the mysteries of keel/stem joints and aprons, all became clear on the next and rapid progress resumed on the garboards. In short, by trying to stick with the plans for epoxy/ply, we nearly went down a blind alley. Every boat is different, and this is no exception. And every boat has its moments, no matter how many you have built. But getting out of a corner is what makes it fun (albeit in retrospect).

By the end of the week the centreline and first two strakes should be up, with five more to go. The shape of the garboards was lovely to behold, a sweeping, scimitar that took but a little steaming into the fore and aft rabbets and if all goes as sweetly, then we will be happy indeed.

Pictures are worth a 1000 words, so here they are.

Meanwhile another milestone has been notched up: the 30,000 hits and counting since this blog fired up the woodburner last year. And 45 of you have even joined up as followers, poor fools. I am flattered, nevertheless.


  1. The garboards were crafted perfectly. How long have you been doing this, Adrian? Looks like it's going to be finished in no time. Good luck on that.

    Mark Brown

    1. Ten years or so, but every boat is different, and so is the shape of every garboard. Getting them to fit as perfectly as possible at the keel and stems gives the project the best start, and informs the whole process. Fag paper fit is the aim. Can't say we achieved more than a three paper fit in some places but all in all, pretty pleased.