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The boats of the Excelsior Trust

The historic Lowestoft smack Excelsior was built in 1921 and is recognised by the National Maritime Museum as one of the top fifty most important vessels in our maritime heritage. And yet it’s possible for the ordinary joe to book time sailing on her for a day, several days or maybe a week to the Tall Ships Race, or perhaps to help other volunteers keep her in good condition.

Based at Lowestoft on the East Coast, the Excelsior Trust also maintains the 1884 Hull sailing trawler City of Edinboro’ and is restoring the Rye Harbour East Channel Punt Estralita. The Trust also runs the Excelsior Shipyard, which welcomes historic vessels for slipping. It’s well worth a visit, especially if you can take the opportunity to go sailing as well.

http://www.excelsiortrust.co.uk

Excelsior

How to make up oar leathers

From the wonderful www.duckworksmagazine.com, here’s Paul Gartside’s article on how to tackle this job:
http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/07/howto/leathers/index.htm

For more how-to articles: http://intheboatshed.net/?page_id=100

Stitching oar leathers

Planning a restoration project

Is the restoration project you’re considering crazy – or a sensible investment in something that will immeasurably improve your life?

Here’s a a two-part article giving a rare realistic view of the restoration process:
http://www.docksidereports.com/fundamentals_of_restoration_proj.htm

Old boats, traditional boats, boat building, restoration, the sea and the North Kent Coast – Gavin Atkin's weblog