Category Archives: Modern boatbuilding

Modern and plywood boatbuilding and plans

A reader builds a model Julie skiff

New reader Roland Beverley got in touch yesterday with these pictures of a model Julie skiff that he’s made. Plans for both the real and the modelĀ Julie skiff are on the free plans page – see the tabs above.

Here’s what he wrote:

‘Hi Gavin,

‘I just discovered http://intheboatshed.net/ while searching for some free model plans. I am itching to build my own boat but don’t currently have the space. I used to build model aircraft and boats in my teens, so thought I’d dust off my skills and build a new bath/pond toy for my son (who is 6).

‘My Julie Skiff is made from 1/16in balsa with a 1/4in transom (in case I ever mount an outboard!). It is waterproofed with 3 coats of cellulose dope and modified with rowlocks from a picture hanging kit and oars from Sainsbury’s bamboo skewers (paddles already provided!). All of which I had lying about (some items for many years). To waterproof inside the rope locker, I’ll use a spray can of lacquer to ensure its well coated and may coat the outside too.

‘I am very pleased with it, though you’ll notice there are dents in the bow where I should have spread the load from the clamps used to hold it while the glue dried – lesson for next time. Also the playmobil pirates are a little small – but I know my son won’t mind that. He’ll probably use lego people and turn it in to a battleship šŸ˜‰ He returns from his grandparents’ tomorrow – I hope he likes it!

‘Thanks ever so much for the excellent free resources!’

And thanks to you Roland – it’s always great to hear about these boats being built, either as models or as the full-sized item.

Little Gwennie 50-year-old clinker plywood dinghy

Here’s a photodiary of project undertaken at our friend boatbuilderĀ Alan Thorne’s workshop in the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building.

Little Gwennie is a little plywood clinker tender built 50 years ago, and the work has been done my Alan’s son Mark. I’d say he had some of his father’s perfectionist tendencies.

Contact Alan atĀ kentmarineservices@gmail.com

 

BBA releases offsets for glued clinker 12ft Fleet trow

offsets Fleet trow

12' Fleet Trow photo by Derek Thompson 2014 (4)Ā 12' Fleet Trow Photo by Derek Thompson 2014 (5)

On the subject of the BBA, have you noticed that the Academy has released offsets for the cute 12ft glued clinker Fleet trow that students built and launched last year?

Get theĀ offsets here. Thanks BBA! If you build one, please let me know at gmatkin@gmail.com .