All posts by Gavin Atkin

Repair jobs, a new pram for two big shows, and a Mayflower dinghy sold

Boat building life goes on in Fowey for Marcus Lewis. Here’s what he has to say:

‘We’ve been ticking away down here in Cornwall, with several repair and renovation jobs, including a 15ft motor launch that came in for repainting and varnishing, and few other bits and pieces.

We are also just completing a pram dinghy that will be on display at the Plymouth Classic Yacht Rally 24/27 July, and also at the Henley Traditional Boat Festival 18/19 July.

The Mevagissey tosher I had has found a new home: she has gone to Essex to be restored. Hopefully the new owner will keep us updated with progress. [That would be great. Please get in touch tosher owner!]

We have also just delivered a 14ft Mayflower dinghy, Demelza, to her owner on the River Fal. It’s an ideal dinghy for exploring the creeks and beaches down there.

I have managed to buy the glass-reinforced plastic mould for the Mayflower dinghy, and I have a good friend who is a GRP laminator, so hopefully we will also be able to offer a plastic alternative – though I still say the wooden ones are best!

See Marcus’s work and contact him via his website, www.woodenboatbuilder.co.uk

For more posts from Marcus, click here.

Alasdair Grant’s motor launch build Lewenie is on the water!

North Western coast of Scotlandboatbuilder Alasdair Grant’s recent build Lewenie has been launched.

She was built to his customer’s specification on a hull of Alasdair’s design, and the proprieter of Isle Ewe Boats is clearly very pleased. Here’s what he has to say:

Lewenie was launched a month early on Friday the 19th. All went well and she didn’t leak a drop – all she needed was a little fine tuning with some ballast.

‘She has a top speed of 7 knots but cruises along nicely at 6 knots with very little wake. She’s due to head south on a lorry on the 17th of July, which gives me plenty time to check her over and hopefully get her out in a gale to really see what she’s about in those conditions.

‘I emailed Steve (owner) on Friday night with a few photos and he replied “Superb , Can’t wait to get my hands on her”.’

Alasdair completed the long course at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis in 2009 after building a Beer beach boat, and went on to work at Cockwells , repairing yachts and completing new builds.

He then moved back to Scotland to work in the Mallaig Boatyard repairing fishing boats, and is now back on his home island of to Isle Ewe, where he has set up a boat building business.

See the Isle Ewe Facebook page, and contact Alasdair at
alasdairgrant@hotmail.co.uk .

 

Wivenhoe: a harbour stroll, and a little of the town

Here’s a set of photos from Wivenhoe – the sort of selection I call a harbour stroll, although this one includes a few scenes from the town itself, the view over to Rowhedge, the graves of a member of the legendary Sainty family of ship builders and Able Seaman Benjamin Clover Snood, who fought with Nelson at Trafalgar.

I’m intrigued by the small but elegant clinker-built sailing yachts with racing tendencies… Are they Folkboats up to their chins in mud, or something of the same idea fitted with a lifting keel or twin keels?