News from the Boat Building Academy, Lyme Regis, and from Charlie Hussey

(Above) Boat Building Academy alumnus Charlie Hussey’s latest project. She was
launched in 1892.
(Below) Another Clyde 17/19 lugger, Harlequin, in flight

Principal Yvonne Green writes from the Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis:

‘Hi Gavin,

‘Thought you might be interested that Charlie Hussey (the student who built Seapod the Peapod during the last academic year) has just started a job restoring a Fife-built and designed Clyde 17/19 lugger, and has started a terrific blog that will chart the commission at .

‘We will also be launching seven (crossed fingers) student boats on  the 10th December at noon in Lyme Regis harbour.

‘They’re an interesting lot, both students and boats. Student profiles and photographic diaries of the boats are at The students started the builds in mid-June this year, and are also required to attend lessons and complete assessment pieces, so they’ve been quite busy.

‘I’ll send further details, and photographs of each boat nearer launch time, but thought you might like an idea of what’s happening on the workshop floor at the moment.

‘Very best wishes,


I certainly do – and thanks for the update!

Websits: Boat Building Academy

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Nesting panels for the 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 flat-bottomed 15ft 6in skiff skiff – drawings and coordinates for stitch and glue skiff – photos of our model, and maybe yours too? skiff – now we can make a model skiff progress
Early drawings for a 15ft 5in lightweight flat-bottomed American-style skiff

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