Intheboatshed.net skiff – more progress

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Nesting panels for the intheboatshed.net Julie skiff. As usual,
click on the image for a bigger picture – and please forgive the
construction lines!

I won’t say too much now as it’s after midnight, but I’ve made some useful progress.

The drawing is a mess with so many construction lines still in place, but it shows all the major panels mapped to the ply sheets. I’d like to think that most of you will make out the bottom, sides (with their traditional subtle S-curve), sternsheets and major frames, and that you can see the beginnings of a set of boatbuilding plans.

There are some smaller panels to add – breasthooks, knees, odd reinforcements, top for the thwart and so on – but most of the boat’s key components are here. The next job, though, is to create a printed sheet for making a model (I hope to publish that very soon for those who are interested), and after that I’ll be adding coordinates. But now it’s time for bed. Keep on turning, big wide world…

See the whole series of posts on this project:

Complete free plans package for the intheboatshed.net flat-bottomed 15ft 6in skiff
intheboatshed.net skiff – drawings and coordinates for stitch and glue
intheboatshed.net skiff – photos of our model, and maybe yours too?
Intheboatshed.net skiff – now we can make a model
Intheboatshed.net skiff progress
Early drawings for a 15ft 5in lightweight flat-bottomed American-style skiff

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Claude Worth on Auray boats, Auray punts, and yacht dinghies in general

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Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats

Claude Worth’s drawing of the Auray punt

The Auray fisherman’s dinghy used described by Claude Worth early last century is one of the dinghy forms most fancied by amateur builders. It has also attracted the attentions of several notable small boat designers, including Murray Isles and the mighty Phil Bolger.

Worth called it a punt, probably because it had a scow bow and stern, and I’m sure that then as now a large part of its appeal is the simplicity of its construction. Sadly, however, he doesn’t seem to have recorded the name used by the local fishermen of the time.

Intheboatshed.net readers might like to see Worth’s original description, and to read his thoughts on yacht dinghies generally. These pages come from the 1926 edition of his splendid book Yacht Cruising.

A little less than a century later, I had the great luck to go to the Douarnenez maritime festival, where I saw a small Auray punt in action, albeit in rather un-testing conditions. See the photos at the bottom of this post, which show a simple, load carrying box piloted by the most piratical-looking Breton I’ve had the privilege to see – but sadly I still don’t know the proper name for these boats.

There are two sets of plans for modern boats derived from the Auray punt in my book Ultrasimple Boatbuilding: one’s a simple rowing and small outboard boat, while the other is a multipurpose 8ft dinghy with a sailing option designed by the splendid Murray Isles.

Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats

Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats

Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats Worth on Auray punt dingies and fishing boats

Auray punt photographed at Douarnenez, 2002 Auray punt photographed at Douarnenez, 2002

Paintings and drawings from British Sea-Fishermen by Peter F Anson

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Fishing boats from Anson

Fishing boats from Anson Fishing boats from Anson Fishing boats from Anson

Fishing boats from Anson Fishing boats from Anson Fishing boats from Anson

A small selection of images from the book British Sea-Fishermen. I’d
like in particular to draw attention to the first image below the main picture,
as it shows the interior of an admirable boat shed!

I’ve just been reading Peter F Anson’s charming and informative book British Sea-Fishermen, written for the Britain in Pictures series, and published in 1945. The paintings and drawings above are a small selection I’ve chosen from the book, and I trust you like them as much as I did!

A little later, I’ll put up some of the pages, and the colour illustrations.


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