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Professional and amateur boat builders and restorers

Boatshop webcam of the Magnolia being built

Rollins webcam

Try this webcam view of the Rollins Boatshop, where Paul Rollins and his colleagues are building the schooner Magnolia.

Go to the following link, and hit the webcam button at the bottom. If you happen to be the only person you can direct the camera by clicking your mouse on the image, and it’s great fun. If someone else happens to be directing the camera at the same time, I imagine it could become a bit of a game…

And see if you can manage to see anyone working in there – I did!



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Eric Sorensen is chief steward and executive director of the Experience Mistral Project, a Seattle Center for Wooden Boats programme to give people a chance to be involved in the sailing, racing and upkeep of a classic wooden sailboat.

A 1939 sloop built on Seattle’s Lake Union, Mistral is an example of designer Ben Seaborn’s work and an emblem of Center’s mission to keep Northwest maritime traditions alive. Eric says she’s also the best ride this side of the Wild Waves Water Park, though I think I’d prefer Mistral any day myself…

Here’s his excellent weblog:

Eric suggests also that many people might be also interested in the progress of Bill Van Vlack and Stephanie Kavanaugh in caring for another Seaborn boat, Nautilus:

Will Stirling at Morewellham

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Will Stirling is fascinated by the boats of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Small boats of this era have no equal in beauty, he says: the bluff shapes of the 18th century had become finer for speed, while the deep sections, firm beam and strong forefoot speak of a good grip in the water and lots of stability to stand up to a large rig.

Since early September Will has been building the lugger Alert at Morewellham in Cornwall, with reference to plans he has studied at the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and at Exeter University, where he is also doing a part-time MA in Maritime History.

Alert has clinker planking, a lute stern, and typically bold curves that make the transition from buoyant hull above water to a fine entry, long keel and smooth run aft below. With 80 square foot of canvas per ton displacement, Will says she’ll be a powerful little vessel.

Will’s site includes some excellent reading, and his photo gallery is a treat. I’ll be coming back time and again over the next few months to follow his progress with this project.

Will also makes and sells clinker rowing dinghies at a cost of £220 per foot, including leathered sweeps, a choice between thole pins or rowlocks, a ring-bolt through stem and stern post and removable sole boards.