Catterline Coastal Rowing Club

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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A Quiet Week in the Boat Shed - Week 10

 After the strong turnouts of the last two weeks, this was a much quieter week with just Rob and Chris pressing on.  They closed up the barn on Sunday evening having made the preparations for the next big gluing job, which will see the hog attached to the stems and the frames.  This will mark the end of the first stage of the project. We then move on to the planking.
The session saw the first appearance of a spokeshave which was used to smooth up the inside of the laminated stems so that they are in a condition to be either painted or varnished.  With much in trepidation, the laminated stems were cut so that the hog would fit. Any error / cutting too much off, would require a new stem to be laminated, but with two sets of eyes double checking, the cuts were in the right place and the hog and stems fitted together.  
The frames of the boat are now clamped to the moulds, protected with gaffer tape to stop them getting stuck together with excess glue.
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Catterline Boat Building Progress - Week 9

 Three new builders joined this week and there was another good turnout on Sunday.  Clare Anstock completed the marking out the rudder on Wednesday evening, Joseph Rodger and Tom Gall strengthened the teenage input with lots of planing on Sunday.  Joseph also sharpened up his great grandfather’s jack plane, which is now suspected to be the oldest tool that is being used on the project.

The gluing of the fourth stem (outer stern) was made on Friday.  Considerable energy has been put into cleaning up the four large curved laminates that we have made, which the team have spent much time admiring.  Excess wood has been removed to bring them down to the correct width.  The hog was placed on top of the moulds and it fitted snugly.  So that the first plank (garboard) fits to the hog it has to be shaped.  This involves using a tenon saw to cut into the hog to ensure the angle of the mould continues into the hog.  This provides a guide as to how much wood has to be removed from the hog. Once this had been done, Brendan, Joseph and Tom set to planing the hog, which involves a lot of wood removal.

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Catterline Boat Building Progress - Week 8

Laminating the Stern Stem Momentum is building with seven people turning out on Sunday, including Brendan Hall our first youth and Gary Donaldson. Gary brings experience of building wooden boats with the Galgeal project, a great project that helps unemployed people on Clydebank by teaching traditional boat building skills.

The bow apron (inner) stem that was laminated last week has cured and has been cleaned up.  It is a wonderfully curved piece of wood that will form the bow of the boat. 

The outer bow stem was laminated, using the bow apron stem as the mould.  The stern apron stem was also glued up.  A dry run had been done on Friday that had identified more braces were required.  The gluing process was aided by the addition of more clamps.  The hog that had been scarphed was glued to create a 25 foot piece of wood that will be the backbone of the boat.

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Catterline Boat Building Progress - Week 7

On Friday Nick Dawson and Robert Plummer picked up the timber supplied by MacDougall & Masson. The timber has been cut for the stems, thwarts, hog and keel.  There are also four long straight knot free planks that will become oars.  Nick and Robert also finished cleaning up the edges of the planks that had been cut out of the plywood sheets supplied as the kit.

A large turnout on Sunday saw the bracing/moulds for the stem laminations prepared.  After drawing a line from the stem pro-forma, blocks of wood were screwed into the table (do not worry its a couple of sheets of chipboard) along this line.  A dry run was done to check that the 6mm laminates could be clamped around the wood blocks.  Then the seven 7.5 feet long laminates were painted with epoxy on both sides and then clamped around the blocks to create a fantastically curved piece of wood for the bow stem.

Once clamped, epoxy oozed out of the joins, which was scraped off to reduce the later effort of planing hardened glue off.

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