Another boat launched at Lyme Regis Harbour by Boat Building Academy students this summer was an Andrew Wolstenholme-designed 12ft 5in glued clinker Mallard dinghy.
Named Born Slippy, she was built by Dominic Frankis and Steve Bramley, along with other students.
Dominic took a sabbatical from work in London as a management consultant in the health sector. He’s never sailed before but now has no excuse. Now back behind his desk, he also says it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be boatbuilding again.
Steve worked as a tree surgeon and builder before joining the course, and is now using the skills he gained on the course to renovate a house.
The Mallard should prove to be a lot of fun; the rigging is more modern than is usually employed on these Mallard dinghies, which the Boat Building Academy folks say makes it quite a racy little sail boat.
Scruffie Marine boat kit importer Whisper Boats’ reports that the 18th Scruffie kit boat in the UK is due to arrive at Tilbury in a couple of weeks.
Whisper boss Max Campbell says the new boat will be a Scintilla 24ft trailer sailer, but the most popular Scruffie model in the UK has been the Secret, of which there are 11 in the UK, nine of which are still in build. Scruffie Marine is based in Australia, and its boats are designed by a very interesting chap called Derek Ellard.
The Secret has a round bilge hull built from plywood – see the photos below showing how this is done. Here’s what Max has to say about it:
‘Essentially, we build a double chine hull, with a narrow, parallel-sided, intermediate chine panel, which is then packed out over-sized with cedar – triangle section down the edges, and square or rectangle section (about 3in thick) in the middle. This is then faired back to a profile – a piece of ply with the curve cut in it. You have then, in effect, laminated up a huge stringer, running most of the length of the boat at waterline level.
‘We hit a submerged object on the River Avon when motoring at a good 5 knots, that skewed the boat sideways a couple of feet, but the only damage was to the surface paintwork! The whole hull is sheathed with glass cloth and epoxy.’
Rounding-out the hull of a Secret: attaching chine panels, bottom panels in place, chine thicknessing with cedar, fairing along side and at transom, sheathing with glass cloth
See Whisper Boats’ Youtube homepage for clips of the Secret sailing.
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