Abingdon and Skabardis get to work on a Kenneth Gibbs Halcyon dinghy

     Kyle Abingdon of Abingdon & Skabardis Marine Carpentry based at Dargate near Faversham has written to say his outfit is refurbishing a Kenneth Gibbs 14ft Halcyon sailing dinghy. It’s similar to one that Simon Papendick has been working on – see an earlier intheboatshed.net post. Kyle and Maris (Skabardis) acquired the dinghy as part of a … Continue reading “Abingdon and Skabardis get to work on a Kenneth Gibbs Halcyon dinghy”

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Who would like to rescue lovely Percy Mitchell ferry Hauley 3?

Boatbuilder Kyle Abingdon is trying to save Hauley 3, which was built by Percy Mitchell at Mevagissey in 1939, and has a typically lovely Mitchell hull-form.  She’s the old ferry from Dartmouth.  Essentially a wooden tug boat, she is 40ft long and in imminent danger of being cut up. Kyle says she’s free to a good … Continue reading “Who would like to rescue lovely Percy Mitchell ferry Hauley 3?”

Kent boatbuilders construct replica 1940s class C hydroplane

  North Kent based marine carpenter Kyle Abingdon reports that he and his parter have built this very striking 15ft6in 1940s class C  hydroplane from designer Bruce Crandall’s plans, and that she’s up for sale. Here’s what he says: ‘She’s made out of Robbins Elite marine ply sheathed in biaxle cloth and epoxy and has Douglas … Continue reading “Kent boatbuilders construct replica 1940s class C hydroplane”