Category Archives: Techniques

Bande dessinée meets small boats

sculling

I love this poster for a world championship sculling race! My thanks to Nic Compton for spotting and sharing.

Read about London knot tyer Terry Barns in Spitalfields Life

Spitalfields Life Terry Barns

Here’s another characteristically well made Spitalfields Life piece, this time about knot tyer Terry Barns, who says that the English language doesn’t really have a word for what in French is called ‘matelotage’. I think he’s probably right…

Barns has been inspired by two knot tying legends, Des Pawson and the Ashley Book of Knots , and first met the International Guild of Knot Tyers at a stall outside the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich – most likely during one of the traditional boat festivals that used to be held there.

My thanks to Malcolm Woods for spotting this one.

BBA students build a Herreshoff 12½

Boat Building Academy students have built a gaff rigged strip-planked Herreshoff 12½ for the first time at the December student launch last year.

Built of western red cedar and sheathed inside and out with two layers of biaxial glass cloth and epoxy resin, she has a laminated sapele stem, hog, keel and deadwood, and a lead ballast keel, and was built by Steven Adler, Mark Dumble and the class.

Steven already owned a large cruising yacht and wanted a classic example of an early 20th century day sailer, so he chose to build a boat to the Herreshoff 12½ plans bought from Mystic Seaport museum. The plans drawn by the legendary Nat Herreshoff were lofted by the students.

The 1914 designed Herreshoff 12½  was intended to be carvel built, with planking on steamed timbers.

Steven is a retired information technology professional, and came to the BBA as a student from Australia in order to fulfil a dream of building his own boat.

Steven has now returned to Australia with his boat, which is amed Larrikin of Lyme (‘larrikin’ is an Australian word describing a person who ‘acts with apparently careless disregard for social or political conventions’).

Mark Dumble from New Zealand worked alongside Steven on the project. Mark and his father built New Zealand’s first custom-built backpacker hostel at Lake Taupo, which he then ran for 18 years, and created a marketing network to promote the backpacking industry, which grew into New Zealand’s largest hostel network.

Mark learned about the Boat Building Academy’s courses during a visit to the Southampton Boat Show in 2014. He enjoys sailing and having admired the craftsmanship of wooden boats for many years came to the academy to learn boatbuilding skills for himself.

While at the Academy, Mark enjoyed playing his ukulele with The Luggers – a Lyme Regis ukulele band, who performed with Mark at the class’ launch party to celebrate their achievements.

Since graduating, Mark has returned to New Zealand where he will use his new skills to restore a yacht he owns, before choosing a boat design to loft and build for fishing.

See the build diary here and click here for further details about the 38 week BBA course on boat building, maintenance and support.