Tag Archives: boat building

Building Emma and a video diary of building the Fairlie 55

Two contrasting videos: in my mind, the first should be titled ‘Building the beautiful Emma’!

My thanks to reader Keith Johnston for letting me know about these two.

Boat building in Ireland

Ireland's invisible boatbuilders

Don’t be too put off by the photo! The Afloat website has a nice piece about boat builders in Ireland that includes veteran Jimmy Furey, who builts beautiful Water Wags and Shannon One Designs,  new generation traditional boatbuilder Dougal MacMahon, the current wave of interest in building Bray Droleens, and a project at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club building a clinker IDRA 14.


Dugout canoe building in Finland, 1936

This is quite something: the log is dug out and the exterior shape cut, then the log is opened out and framed, and then a sheer strake is added.

This is ancient history in action – and arguably marks the change in direction in boat evolution that eventually led to the very earliest beginnings of clinker construction.