AT17

AT17
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, 18 November 2015

All Planked up (and nowhere to go...)

Sheerline needs a trim, down at the mid point by 1in or so, tapering to nothing at the bow. Apart from that, she's ready for fitting out.


A coat or two of sealer first of all before timbering out. Not a lot more to say other than how much harder it is to build in solid timber than plywood. More rewarding, yes; more latitude in how you lay the planks, yes; need for steaming at bow and stern, yes. Nicer? Undoubtedly. Building this boat reminded me why I got involved in traditional boat building and why I firmly believe we should never, ever forget how to build in solid clinker, a method that is as old as the Vikings who brought it to our shores.


Harder, most certainly, but do not anyone ever tell you that a plywood clinker boat is anything other than a poor, very poor relation. Sorry, but having built a few of them both, I know which I prefer (despite the head scratching and agonising).


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