Tag Archives: Alan Thorne

Schoolchildren build two Julie skiffs at Faversham

A group of lucky schoolchildren have built two 16ft Julie skiffs at a Faversham Creek Trust boatcamp led by local boatbuilder Alan Thorne and assistant Malcolm Hazleton at the trust’s Purifier building.

The skiffs are to be launched at the town’s nautical festival around mid-day on the 23rd July. Naturally, Julie and I plan to be there!

See the free boat plans page in the tabs above to download the drawings etc to build this lightweight plywood flat bottomed skiff and two shorter versions at 14 and 12ft.

When I called by on Friday afternoon I met a small crowd of enthusiastic, engaged kids and a clutch of happy parents – and two cool looking boats, Santa Crews and Stormy.  Alan and Malcolm had done a good job, and the FCT’s boatcamp had been a success.

‘Have you had a good time?’ I asked.

‘Yes,’ the kids called back.

‘Would you do it again?’

‘Yes,’ they chorused.

A mother turned to me and said ‘My son’s always been a maker and now he’s decided he wants to be a boatbuilder.’

I think she must have been reasonably happy with the idea, as she did not add ‘but I think he should have a proper job as well’.

The following shots are Malcolm’s. Thanks fella!

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Alan Thorne launches a John Welsford Joansa rowing skiff

Our meticulous friend Alan Thorne who works in the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building has built this lovely example of John Welsford’s Joansa rowing skiff and he’ll build one for you for a reasonable price! It’s such a good looking boat I’m rather hoping it will catch on…

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Mouseboat building at the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building workshops

Mouseboat building at the Faversham Creek Trust's Purifier Building

Here’s a sight to gladden a chap’s heart – five Mouseboats being built at boatbuilder Alan Thorne’s workshop in the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building. (To contact Alan, see the little ad in the left hand column of this weblog.)

The project is part of a Department for Business, Innovation & Skills training programme, and I’m hoping the little boats will be put to use on the Creek – not least a goodly amount of messing about, perhaps also the occasional race…

Mouseboat plans are available at Duckworks Boat Builder’s Supply and the Mouseboats Yahoogroup (which is where plans for this flat-bottomed Mouse can be found). There are also plans in my book, Ultrasimple Boatbuilding. If you choose to buy the book though, avoid the Kindle version, as I’ve heard the drawings are difficult to see.