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BBA student launch December 2015

Becky Brown at the Boat Building Academy has written with some photos and more details from the December 2015 student launch. (See Pete Bromwich’s shots published here a few days ago.) She writes:

‘We had some terrible weather this week but yesterday morning, just as the boats were being walked to the harbour, the sun broke through the clouds and the wind calmed enough for us to launch two of the four boats built by the class of March 2015.

The two boats that launched were a cold moulded, bright-finished 18ft7in Robert Steward electric motor launch, Barbara Anne, and a traditional clinker 16ft Norwegian faering built from plans by Iain Oughtred.

‘The two larger boats built by the class are a 22ft7in Iain Oughtred Kotik with a two-berth cabin, and a replica of a Herreshoff 12 1/2. However, these could not be launched – due to some awful luck several members of the class had to take time out of the course – one student was hospitalised after a car crash, another had to spend time in Austria after his father had a serious accident, and two others had to spend weeks away due to illness.

‘As a result the two boats weren’t quite ready and, with the bad weather, it was decided that they should not be launched. They were big projects and visitors invited to an open workshop after the launch could see at close quarters the beauty of the enormous amount of work put into them.

‘When the two unlaunched boats are finally put in the water in Australia and Austria, their respective homes, students Andreas and Steven have promised to send video.

‘It was a great day nevertheless, and thank you to everyone who made the day such a splendid celebration.’

For more photos of the boats completed and in build, click here.

BBA student launch December 2015

My old pal Pete Bromwich nipped along to the Boat Building Academy student launch this week and took this small avalanche of shots…

I’ll be posting again shortly with some more sent by the BBA folks, but since Pete got in first, I thought I’d publish them in order – so thanks Pete!

Here’s what he had to say:

‘It was a lovely bright morning in Lyme Regis for the launch of the students of March 2015 boats in the harbour. The boats are:

Helga is a 16’ Iain Oughtred Elfyn built by Neil Hammond and Ross Wheeler-Clayton and the class of 2015.

She is a double-ended traditional clinker Norwegian faering, with copper fastened larch planking, steamed oak timbers and laminated oak stems and a solid oak keel.

The 21ft7in Iain Oughtred Kotik was made by Andreas Sulzer and the class of March 2015. She is a gaff-rigged double-ender, and has laminated mahogany stems, iroko keel and deadwood and lead ballast keel. Her hull is constructed used the glued clinker method.

The replica of a Herreshoff 12½ was made by Steven Adler and the class of March 2015. She is strip planked in western red cedar and sheathed inside and out with two layers of biaxial glass cloth and epoxy resin.

She has a sapele stem hog, keel and deadwood and a lead ballast keel, and is gaff rigged.

Barbara Anne is a 18ft7in Robert Steward launch. Mark Turner and the class of March 2015 built this cold-moulded electric motor launch. She has a laminated mahogany stem and sapele backbone structure.

Her hull was constructed using three layers of marine plywood and one outer layer of mahogany veneer, which was be laid fore and aft to simulate carvel planking.

Adrian Morgan in praise of Iain Oughtred and Collano Semparoc polyurethane wood glue

Adrian Morgan The Trouble With Old Boats

Now we’re into the amateur boat building season, a series of posts from professional boatbuilder and writer Adrian Morgan about building an Oughtred Caledonia Yawl using a kit from Jordan Boats seem particularly relevant.

At the time of writing, the latest post is here – as the project progresses you’ll have to navigate his site to find earlier and later posts. 

Two quotes from Adrian’s weblog seem particularly worth bearing in mind. The first is a testament about Alec Jordan’s kits:

‘Well, Mr Jordan, the hull’s finished and that’s your job done. At which point I take my hat off to you. Thanks to whatever magic you managed to weave on your computer and cutting machines, all went together brilliantly, millimetre accurate. So well, that I would highly recommend anyone thinking of building any of Iain Oughtred’s boat from scratch to think again and buy a kit from Alec Jordan.’

And here’s a similarly fulsome point about the glue he’s using:

‘The garboards went on today and with luck a pair of planks tomorrow. Thoughts so far: the kit is dead accurate; you deviate at your peril. Unlike solid timber, there is little leeway and precious little edge setting. Which is as it should be.

‘The glue that we have been using, Collano Semparoc, is coming up trumps as I knew it would. No mixing, no mess, little waste and a curing time of around six hours. Bt it’s the lack of mixing I like best, plus it has a limited gap-filling ability. The proof is when it has cured to a hard, epoxy-like crust that is nothing like the Balcotan it is supposed to replace. Do not be fooled: this is nothing like Balcotan which cured to a crispy honeycomb that had no strength.

‘I can see this as an epoxy-beater for so many reasons.’

Well, that seems clear then… Thanks for the tips Adrian!