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.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014


A few milestones passed in the last week or so; the gunwales were laminated, clamped around the outside of the boat, thicknessed and fitted.

The centreboard trunk was made up and faced in larch, which will give it strength and the wood will contrast with the painted ply.

I lined the slot with iroko which will protect the exposed end grain of the ply and provide a smooth, hard bearing surface.

The breasthooks were fashioned and fitted today, and a start made on the rudder which is a laminate of 9mm ply and larch.

Meanwhile the aft deck is taking shape, the bulkhead and beam fastened and ready to fit.

That's about it for now. Time moves steadily on and there's another boat starting this week, an Ilur by Francois Vivier. With two of us on the job, it will be a busy time but the sun is out and the daffodils in bloom, so it's a joy to be working down by the lochside.

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