The blog will now be devoted not to boat building but to my 82-year-old Vertue, Sally II, now undergoing a well needed refit at Johnson & Loftus in Ullapool (and gliding...)

Friday, 7 March 2014

A Toast to Alec

Well, Mr Jordan, the hull's finished and that's your job done. At which point I take my hat off to you. Thanks to whatever magic you managed to weave on your computer and cutting machines, all went together brilliantly, millimetre accurate. So well, that I would highly recommend anyone thinking of building any of Iain Oughtred's boat from scratch to think again and buy a kit from Alec Jordan.

The tedium of cutting plywood strakes from 8 x 4ft panels is taken care of, as is the business of spiling them. Don't get me wrong: it's not like building an Airfix kit; there's a lot of honest boat building to be done, but follow the plans Alec provides, make your scarphs as accurately as you can, take care to cut the bevels,  and you will be rewarded after a few weeks with a hull. Like this:

Then you're on your own.

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