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Finally under sail

Sat 10 December 2011


Got there eventually. A nice force 3-4 on the only water within 400km of us and at last I managed to get out on the water.

Generally she handled rather nicely - definitely better with the jib and the mast raked back but not too bad under just the main. Need …

Getting closer...

Tue 12 April 2011

Not much building progress but I've been spending madly to push the project onwards.

Sails turned up the other day and suddenly everything felt closer to completion - Horizon Sails were quick, friendly, reasonably priced and the result looks excellent so I'll be recommending them:

Off …


Tue 13 January 2009

Time for another update: We've moved, and not just round the corner!

In November we finally got the visa's sorted, packed our bags and became Australia's newest immigrants (except Rosy who is now back where she belongs). Its been a frantic couple of months: finishing up the house; getting the …

Off the jig

Sat 20 September 2008

In the mad final push to get the boat ready to move I forgot to take any more photos, but here it is finally popped off. A little rough and ready at the moment but looks like it will clean up nicely...

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Garboards in place

Tue 28 March 2006

garboards_1 garboards_2 ...and epoxied - no moving them now! Still, now I've planed back the edges flush with the bottom they are looking pretty good. A few mill here and there may need to be fudged before the next planks go on but generally I'm happy. I light of the showers have splashed …

The backbone

Wed 14 September 2005


The 18mm bottom expansion and transom are now epoxied in place - hopefully permanently! Have started beveling the edges ready to receive the garboards but it is taking a while to get them right. Am discovering that it is the preparation in this project that takes the time - if all the …

The Jig

Mon 12 September 2005


After much measuring, checking, re-measuring, re-checking etc I think the jig is now about as close to being correct as it is going to be. Ended up going for a hybrid of the plans suggested jig and that of my book. Is great to be able to put my curvy …

The plans

Tue 21 June 2005

The boat I decided on was the Pooduck Skiff, partly due to its comedy name but mainly after seeing one at the 2004 Plymouth Classics. Having set my heart on it I then had to come to terms with the fact it is an American design but I think I'm …