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...)

Monday, 17 March 2014

Caledonia Turned

Monday saw the Caledonia Yawl turned over, the excess Collano glue planed off the lands and the interior sanded.

Time also to fashion the stempost, which may change to suit the owner. I have however told him, politely,  that I can take more off, but not add anything on. I am crossing my fingers. It may well be up to Ella and Alex who, at this moment are no doubt asking their father: "can we make the stem a little higher, you know like a proper Viking boat with a dragon..." I am not great at dragons, but I know a wood carver who is.

And finally, another plug for Collano Semparoc. Sticks like... and as it expands a little, you don't need to mix it with filler, or pour it on like epoxy and suffer the hideous prospect of having to scrape off the dribbles with a hot knife. Time to clean the interior, with a bull-nosed plane, chisel and a little sanding? Two hours. Is it time to put reassess epoxy?  For my money Collano wins hands down: no mixing, no mess, easy to clean up and very little waste. Tell me if I am wrong.


  1. It's being great for the last weeks to start the day witnessing a new progress in this yawl... You show such a total control of the whole process!
    You were right in a recent post: lucky kids...

  2. Interesting what you say about Collano. I had a quick look and it seems to be a new generation Balcotan-type glue. I used Balcotan a lot when building Sonas years ago, to put the strips together then sheathed with epoxy/cloth and the boat has held together since, but was never too happy about the lack of gap-filling, but see that this stuff has special fillers that can be added. It's not a fair test, but I had glue left over from Sonas and used it to put an outdoor deck together and after a few years of exposure to Argyll weather it started to fail along the glue lines.

    Right now I'm too busy setting up Leiper Fine Art to start another build, but the next project will be a nice fixed seat rowing skiff.