Over in Germany, Hans-Christian Rieck has written with news and photos of the steel-built Forest & Stream skiff he’s making with some unemployed kids.
I should explain that steel-built dinghies are common on the German and Dutch coasts, and that many sea-going and coastal barges are equipped with them.
Here’s what he says:
‘As you can see in the pictures, the boat is now in her normal upright position and we are starting the interior work. You can see the bulkheads for the bouyancy are in place and are awaiting welding. The frames are still with their metal profiles which keep them at the right distance, but the welding will soon be over and they will then be removed.
‘I think within the next two weeks the metalworks wil be over an then the painting an the woodwork will start.
The boat behind the skiff is a 5m motor punt project completed some time ago.
Thanks for the photos Hans-Christian!
For more on the Forest & Stream skiff and for the free plans Hans-Christian is working with, click here.
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