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Getting Afloat with Nick Gates

In this first episode, Nick finds a suitable restoration project, visits Burnham sailing Club, repairs a Mirror Dinghy, finds a 12 Sq meter Sharpie to restore and visits Itchenor Sailing Club.

And more follows:

A challenging new weblog: The Life of a Boatbuilder

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This intriguing new weblog Life of a Boatbuilder is probably not for the faint-hearted. It celebrates struggle and mess, and shows a mighty zest for life that you have to admire. Even if you don’t – or don’t want to – agree immediately with every word, this woman boatbuilder who calls herself a ‘planker’ because that’s what she enjoys is clearly a force to be reckoned with.

I wonder where she will go and what she will plank in years to come? It’s probably best to start following her progress from the beginning

My thanks to the folks who have pointed this one out – including Chuck Leinweber of Duckworks. Look out for Duckworks’ whizzy new website btw…

20ft clinker motor launch up for sale

Boatbuilder Nick Smith is selling this 20ft motor launch, Bamboo Viper, which he built for himself in 2004, on eBay.

Nick served a four-year traditional boatbuilding apprenticeship at Edgar Cove Ltd, Salcombe, Devon, 1976 to 1980, and has been building and restoring wooden boats ever since. He says his boats all show a distinctive Salcombe influence.

The boat is in top condition, as he has spent six weeks refurbishing her earlier this year, including taking the engine out. She’s been on his mooring at Christchurch for the last two months, with the cover on, when not in use.

She is fitted with a 15 hp Yanmar 2YM twin diesel inboard, and the price includes a purpose built galvanised and braked road trailer.