Adam Newton of Beer, Devon builds a gorgeous 12ft glued clinker rowing skiff

Adam Newton 12ft rowing boat Morning Glory Adam Newton 12ft rowing boat Morning Glory at Beer

New intheboatshed.net reader Adam Newton of the Boatyard at Beer has written to tell us about a clinker built rowing boat he has constructed. As usual, click on the images for a much bigger photo.

Here’s what Adam says about the boat:

‘I have just stumbled across your website and found it very interesting. I’ve just launched my 12ft glued clinker rowing boat Morning Glory which I built over the winter months. She is based on a Shaldon Regatta rowing boat used at local regattas, the design of which Phil Morrison, a designer of Salcombe yawls, Merlin Rockets and many more dinghies, altered to my requirements. (There’s a great article about the Shaldon Regatta here.)

I had a Shaldon Regatta and they are a very good all round boat, easy to row, stable and light enough to pull up and down the beach. There’s an article about the regatta on www.swmaritime.org.uk website.

I had been thinking about building a wooden rowing boat for a few years and finaly got round to doing it. The regatta is 11ft with a 4.6ft beam and a 3ft transom but i fancied something a bit racier hence the 12ft-4ft-2ft measurments of Morning Glory which I’m calling a Beer 12 design, as I live in Beer, East Devon.

‘The planks are spruce with oak ribs and mahogany seats and gunwales. I just intend to row it around the bay at Beer, but it’s also light enough (51kg) to put on the roof of my car and to go for a jolly elsewhere. You can’t beat an early morning row with the sun on your back, and she is a pleasure to row.’

I don’t doubt it! Thanks for the story Adam – any time you and your pals in Devon have something to share with intheboatshed.net readers, please let me know at gmatkin@gmail.com.

PS – Adam has kindly sent me these photos of Morning Glory’s build. Thanks again Adam!

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4 thoughts on “Adam Newton of Beer, Devon builds a gorgeous 12ft glued clinker rowing skiff”

  1. Reluctantly I have decided to sell my beloved 12 ft Regatta boat and the Bramber road trailer – all in very good condition. The boat is finished in Iroka to a high standard with two pairs of oars and rowlocks. I have no idea what price to ask or the best way to go about finding a buyer. Any guidance would be most appreciated.
    Very many thanks, Alan Avent 01822 258524

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