Jamie Poynton and friends built this 14ft vee-bottomed stitch and glue
marine ply and epoxy runabout at the Boat Building Academy
Boat Building Academy principal Yvonne Green has sent us still more great photos from the Academy’s student launch day in December, this time of a stitch and glue runabout built by Jamie Poynton and friends. Thanks again Yvonne!
Jamie lives in Axmouth, near Lyme Regis and for a while commuted weekly to Eel Pie Island in London to work with his grandad, who was renovating a 1950s tug.
City & Guilds awarded him a full bursary to enable him to join the course at the Boat Building Academy. With help from fellow students Seb Evans and guitar maker Rob Murphy, Jamie built a 14ft vee-bottomed stitch and glue outboard runabout in marine ply, based on a V-shaped ski boat.
Yvonne calls this the Chanel boat because of it’s clean, simple look, posh laid mahogany deck and beautifully finished black and white paintwork, black carpet and white leatherette seating, and adds that the photo at the top (Jamie in the back, Rob and Seb in the front) sums up the atmosphere in their particular part of the workshop during the course. ‘It was fantastic seeing them thrilled by their own achievement and looking cool on launch day’, she says.
The form of the boat was created by Academy instructor Mike Broome, who also designed Bob Hinks’s boat Cirrus. Jamie wanted to build a ski boat, so Mike produced a lines drawing (14ft loa, 5ft 4in beam, 22 degrees deadrise, 12ft lwl). The bow was a conical development and the panel shapes were generated by first building a panel half model at 2in:1ft from modelling ply. The finished design in terms of deck layout and interior evolved as the boat was built.
PS Don’t forget to ask for a pdf copy of the Academy’s prospectus for the coming year, as it makes interesting reading. Email Yvonne at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m sure she’ll send you a copy.
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