Catterline Coastal Rowing Club

Tom and the Christmas Tree

Planing the bow Tom Robertson and his Dad popped into the boatshed on Sunday to have a look at the boat, on their way to buy a Christmas tree. Tom was keen to see what was going on and soon found a spokeshave in his hand and was busy tidying up the end of the bow end first plank, whilst Dad was chatting. Then the stern end of the plank needed tidying. Then it was time for some doughnuts (chocolate and jam). Then the rudder blade was faired. Then… It was 5 o’clock, dark and time to go home.

The Christmas tree…

Fortunately, Dad had cut down a tree and delivered it home in the time being.

The focus of the week has been the fitting of Plank 2. To ensure it fits, the edge of Plank 1 has to be bevelled and at the bow and stern, rebates have to be planed to get a snug fit. All fiddly and time consuming. But by the end of Sunday afternoon, the port side of Plank 2 fits snugly and is ready to be glued. Next week will be the last build before Christmas.

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Hot Spanish Lassies

Spanish Windlasses So what has been going on in the boatshed, with a title like that, you ask.

Well, the wood burning stove went red, not in embarrassment, but due to the amount of heat it was throwing out.  Off cuts of plywood burn well.  The Spanish lassies refers to a number of Spanish windlasses that used to the attach the second garboard (Plank #1) to the hog.

These traditional techniques proved the best way to clamp the second garboard to the hog.  For the first garboard we used 35 clamps to bond the garboard to the hog.  However attaching the second garboard was not so easy as the first garboard was now in the way and the clamps could not fit around it and on to the hog.  Hence some ingenuity was required, with wood off cuts used to apply pressure to the garboard, with ropes from each end tied to the frame.  Then the rope was twisted to tighten and pull the wood off cuts down on to the garboard.

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Planking Begins - Boat Bulding Week 12

Fitting the Garboard Another good turnout saw six planes in action simultaneously at one point on Sunday. More shavings for the Hall’s chickens.

This would not have been possible without the planes kindly lent to the project by Frank Hepburn, along with a bag of other useful tools and a portable workbench.

The two Plank number #1s were glued on Friday and one of them is now almost ready to be glued in position. The final shaping of the hog to assure a smooth curve for the bottom plank (garboard) is almost done. But it is a slow job, with lots of sucking in of breath and looking for millimetre gaps between the hog and the plank.

Stephen Hall and Chris Anstock have now sussed how to scarph and glue planks and were able to get Plank #2 prepared and glued in an afternoon.

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How to Make Scarph Joints

Alec Jordan - supplier of St Ayles Skiffs - on how to make scarph joints for the planks.
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Scarph Scarph Scarph - Boat Building Week 11

Joseph & Brendan scarphing the keel The gluing of the hog to the frames, bow and stern stems marks the completion of the setting up stage.  The build instructions, we are following, state that the builders should retire to a local hostelry to mark the occasion.  (Details of date at the Creel to follow)

It was also a big week on publicity with articles in the Press and Journal, the Mearns Leader and on The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association web site.

After quiet midweek sessions, Sunday saw our biggest turnout to date.  Robbie Holst brought his father-in-law, Frank Hepburn along.  Frank, a retired shipwright in Aberdeen, was soon imparting his experience and wisdom to the boat builders.  He also served a good cup of tea.

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