Tag Archives: boatbuilding

How Britain shut the door on overseas boatbuilding students

Policies designed to control immigration have harmed boatbuilding training in this country, as this article in Classic Boat explains.

Norfolk’s Rescue Wooden Boats builds the first crab boat for 25 years

Rescue Wooden Boats crab boat

This is a splendid piece of news – Rescue Wooden Boats trustee David Hewitt has built and now launched the Norfolk Coast’s first new traditionally built crab boat for 25 years, the 17ft oak-built Auk.

Read about it on the Anglia Afloat website, or click on the image above to go to the newspaper’s nice photogallery.

Anglia TV has also put a story online.

I’m amused to notice that a little before the launch, David and his boatbuilding apprentice Tom Gathercole carefully fitted Auk’s engine beds – or ‘wrongs’ as they are known in the area. ‘Engine wrongs’. Great name chaps!

FITTING ENGINE WRONGS ON NEW CRABBER “AUK” from Rescue:Wooden:Boats on Vimeo.

Fitting planks on a clinker vessel

When I was a kid, I decided that anyone who could build a clinker built boat and make all those beautifully shaped pieces of timber fit tightly together must be some sort of wizard. I’m still inclined to think so.

See Marcus Lewis’s website.