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…
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.
North Western coast of Scotlandboatbuilder Alasdair Grant’s recent build Lewenie has been launched.
She was built to his customer’s specification on a hull of Alasdair’s design, and the proprieter of Isle Ewe Boats is clearly very pleased. Here’s what he has to say:
‘Lewenie was launched a month early on Friday the 19th. All went well and she didn’t leak a drop – all she needed was a little fine tuning with some ballast.
‘She has a top speed of 7 knots but cruises along nicely at 6 knots with very little wake. She’s due to head south on a lorry on the 17th of July, which gives me plenty time to check her over and hopefully get her out in a gale to really see what she’s about in those conditions.
‘I emailed Steve (owner) on Friday night with a few photos and he replied “Superb , Can’t wait to get my hands on her”.’
Alasdair completed the long course at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis in 2009 after building a Beer beach boat, and went on to work at Cockwells , repairing yachts and completing new builds.
He then moved back to Scotland to work in the Mallaig Boatyard repairing fishing boats, and is now back on his home island of to Isle Ewe, where he has set up a boat building business.
See the Isle Ewe Facebook page, and contact Alasdair at