Photos from the Purifier Building – a John Welsford Joansa and the apprentices’ replica of the Mayhi

Two very different boats are being built in workshops in the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building: boatbuilder Alan Thorne working with his son Mark is building a John Welsford Joansa rowing skiff as a pilot for a project for school children,¬†while downstairs apprentices are constructing a replica of the racing yacht Mayhi, which I think … Continue reading “Photos from the Purifier Building – a John Welsford Joansa and the apprentices’ replica of the Mayhi”

Boat Camp – a Faversham project to build two John Welsford rowing skiffs this summer

The Faversham Creek Trust and local boatbuilder Alan Thorne (see his ad in the left-hand column) are raising funds for a project they’re calling Boat Camp – the idea is to get ten or so youngsters from Faversham’s Abbey School into a workshop for a fortnight this summer to build a couple of legendary New … Continue reading “Boat Camp – a Faversham project to build two John Welsford rowing skiffs this summer”

John Welsford completes Scraps – his new tender design for solo sailors

John Welsford has completed the first example of his new one-man dinghy design Scraps – boat building plans are to come. He says the boat took 17 hours to build, and reports that it is stable enough to stand in (if he’s careful) rows straight, turns well, is about neutral in a crosswind and on … Continue reading “John Welsford completes Scraps – his new tender design for solo sailors”