Archive for December, 2010
More High schools in Maine are rising to Woodenboat Magazine’s BARC Challenge.
Last week I heard that Washington High School had ordered their skiff, today they were joined by Mount Desert Island HS. These bring the total in Maine to five skiffs, which will give some good competition at the first regatta being planned by Woodenboat for June 2011.
There are several Maine Lobster Boat races during the summer, where the working boats race. Three of these towns have signed up to host St Ayles skiff racing as part of the day’s entertainment.
I have had confirmation from Stornoway that they will be starting building the first Hebridean skiff in the New Year. To put some pressure on them, the progress of the build will be followed by BBC Alba with a view to finishing the program with them racing at Achiltibuie on the 21st of May next year.
It is a tight deadline, but as they have professional boatbuilders ready to assist, they should be able to do it.
There are also a couple of other groups in Lewis who are pulling things together, and I’m hoping that I will be sending a couple more kits north in January.
Always a pivitol moment in the building of a St Ayles: South Queensferry community boat builders brought in some muscle from the local high school to help lift the boat out and turn her over. Plenty of work still to be done, so she is returned to the shed, but very rewarding to see that lovely shape emerging.
I have at long last been able to sit down and write more detailed build instructions for the first few stages in building the St Ayles Skiff.
Feedback on these instructions from people with the experience will be useful, so if you are fed up with the preparations for Christmas, please take the time to read through them and let me know your comments.
There is also a sub-page on the Build Instructions tab which gives a listing of UK suppliers for timber, epoxy, and other items required – if you have any additions to this list, please let me know.