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...)

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Nearly There

One more week and she'll be ready for the owner's visit, rigging, trial sail and off down south.

Then it's on with another Oughtred boat, a Sula, Iain's only design for solid wood, a Shetland boat destined for Ireland.

More anon...


  1. Great job, a very good result from a team effort. Cannot see any differences in the planking to suggest different craftsmen did things differently. What did you use to coat the inside?

  2. Varnol, Varnol, Varnol, Varnol and more Varnol, misted on using a cheap hand held garden spray, every evening after work, to dry overnight. Thinned 50/50 (or even 75 pure turpentine/Varnol to begin with).

    Then two coats on the outside of Coovar Yacht & Seaplane varnish (I love the name!) or Hempels Classic, or Epifanes, or, or, or...

    1. Adrian, is the varnol approach similar to the "boat soup" we use? Does it seem to slow down the moisture cycling well enough to help make these all timber boats more "trailerable"?

      Looks great.

  3. I have read about your soup, and the various recipes. This one is based on pine tar and Gjoco, the makers in Norway, will tell you exactly what's in it if you ask them.

    Varnol is basically a readily available, pre-mixed version of the old Norwegian formulas, and when mixed with pure turpentine, seeps into the wood like nothing else (especially when misted as the droplets seems to penetrate even better). It makes a superb primer too for conventional paint finishes, which seem to stick to it like glue.

    A couple of coats of best varnish and you have an easily repairable surface that can be touched up, which avoids the deep staining that happens when larch in particular gets wet.

    And if applied to seasoned timber, it does definitely stabilise the timber and prevents shrinking. Probably have a hard job under harsh tropical sun (but then anything would) but infinitely better, I imagine, than some high tech hard finish which, when the water gets underneath, is a nightmare to make good.

    So, an old fashioned recipe, used in Scandinavia for working boats, brought slightly up to date and good for the kind of posh fishing-boat/yacht finish I like on my boats - not like a Steinway grand, or a work boat, but somewhere between the two, and easily maintained (which is the most important factor in the longevity of any boat.

    Psssst! I have it on good authority, one Chris Perkins, that it's great on plywood too...