Catterline Coastal Rowing Club

Week 24 – 4 March

Boat buildingThe hull will be turned over this coming Sunday (11th March 3pm).  Tea and cakes will be served. Any contributions gratefully received.

This week, work focused on tidying up the hull.  Gary has continued the curve of the stems into the keel.  The plane was also run along the side of the keel to make it straight.  Meanwhile the hull has been tidied up.  Work has also continued on preparing the gunwales.  The external gunwales have been taken from a great piece of oak supplied by Ian Buchan and the internal gunwales are from left over timber Rob’s barn/boatbuilding shed.  This involves a lot of planing to clean up the wood and reduce it to the correct thickness.  Supports are also being built to hold the hull, once it is upright.

Overall one of those weeks, where there is not much to show for the effort.  But all important in the building of a boat.
 
 

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Boat Turning – 3pm Sunday, 11 March

The stems and the hog are now glued in place. This means we will be turning the boat over on Sunday 11 March. We will be celebrating the event and will encourage all of you who have participated the project to come along and mark the event. Tea will be served and hopefully some baking will be there.

The Ronald family signed up as boat builders on Sunday and smoothed off the edges on the beams that will support the thwarts. Jacob’s commitment was noted when he turned down a boat builder’s biscuit to keep planing.

Over forty people have now worked on the boat. Twenty–seven people have spent an afternoon or more in the boat shed and we had the visit of the P6/7 class.

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The Zen of Boat Building

by Gary

A nice quiet morning in the boatshed

After the hectic busyness of Sunday, two turned out on Wednesday morning to a nice quiet relaxing bit of boatbuilding.

Outer bow and stem were clamped in place and the fine tuning to make it fit started. And those Spanish lassies were out again! Also number one thwart was planed and sanded, number two was glued up. And time was even found to work some more on the keel and the excess glue was used to fill a few holes!

A most enjoyable morning spent boat building!

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"The plane, boss, the plane!"

Week 22 – 19 Feb 2012

A busy Sunday advancing the project. Planes (including an electric one, which was made to work outside the barn) were hard at work, preparing the stems for gluing, the thwarts and the oars.

A decision was taken to not accept the invitation to participate in the Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival, where they are hoping to have 22 St Ayles skiffs (the type of boat we are building) as the builders are not yet confident that the boat will be finished with enough time for the rowing teams to practice.

Over forty people have now worked on the boat. Twenty–seven people have spent an afternoon or more in the boat shed and we had the visit of the P6/7 class.

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Catterline School helps build village boat - Mearns Today


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Catterline School helps build village boat
Mearns Today
Mrs Martin's P6/7 class from Catterline Primary School visited the Catterline Community Rowing Boat Project. After an introduction to the project, they were put to work on the half built boat. For many it was the first time that they had used ...

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