Archive for April, 2010
There is to be a meeting of parties interested in building a St Ayles skiff for South Queensferry. The meeting is being held at Queensferry Boat Club on 7 May 2010 at 7:30 pm. A bit more information at: http://www.queensferrygazette.co.uk/news/Michael-aims-to-row-Community.6265490.jp
Following feedback from the first batch of builders who have at least completed the hulls, Jordan Boats have re-designed the mould structure to make the hull construction more accurate and easier.
Four additional moulds are included in the kit, as well as a large number of planking clamps utilising the off-cuts of plywood. The additional moulds provide better support for the planking, and will give a fairer hull shape. There is no change to the planking or frames.
Unfortunately, this has had the result of increasing the kit cost to £1275.
For builders who have not yet started planking their kits, upgrade kits are available for £100+delivery and can be shipped out in very short order.
The cost of the planking set for second and subsequent builds is also increased to £1050 – this is to cover the increase in VAT at the beginning of the year.
Interest in the Project continues to grow with the 19th kit order from St Abbs, Berwickshire, following the trip down to Eyemouth & Dunbar last weekend.
Last Saturday Morning saw the prototype heading to Eyemouth for a day in the harbour where more than 30 people sampled her charms to considerable acclaim, in almost perfect conditions. With the leading edge of the storm that caused so much damage on the East Coast starting making its presence felt, she wasn’t taken out into the bay – this time.
Once loaded back onto the trailer a quick visit was made to St Abbs, where again she drew more great interest, to the extent that there is now a kit on order for the village, bringing the total numnber to 19.
On Sunday morning she moved on to Dunbar. Even in this apparently sheltered harbour, the Low was making its presence felt, and only one crew took her out in the harbour in conditions that can only be descibed as testing for a crew that had never rowed together or in this boat. At one point she was doing 4-5 knots down the harbour purely from the wind’s effect on the oars!