BBA students launch an 18ft Paul Gartside-designed cutter

Photograph by Emma Brice

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Photos by Andy Blundy, Charlie Couture and Emma Brice

This 18ft Paul Gartside-designed strip-planked cutter belonging to Boat Building Academy student Dominik Gschwind hit the water at the BBA’s student launch just before Christmas.

The boat is in Western red cedar, fitted out in Douglas fir and with its cabin and other parts finished bright.

Dominik, who is Swiss, chose the boat as a result of his passion for craft inspired by working boat, and modified the original open design by created a small cabin, complete with portholes and a neatly fitted heads – it’s said that this is the first boat to be built at the BBA with either of these features.

Named Gloéy – the name is Dominik’s daughter’s middle name – the boat will be used by for day sailing and cruising on his own and with his family.

To be moored on Lake Constance, which is bordered by Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Gloéy will also be used as a reference project for Dominik’s business, showcasing his new skills to prospective clients.

Dominik, who for the past seven years, has run his own architecture practice in Zurich, enrolled on the Academy’s 38-week training course with the aim of expanding his current business by combining his passion for boats and their construction with his architectural expertise.

Ivan Cavé was Dominik’s main partner in building the boat, and worked closely with him for long hours through the five month build.

Ivan grew up in South Africa but has lived in Australia for most of his life. His first significant boating experience was in 1978 when he joined the crew of Alvee, a John Alden schooner in Malta.

Ivan met wife Jacky after hitching a ride on a 40ft steel cutter from South Africa to Sydney, and consequently took Australian citizenship in 1980. Ivan joined the Academy after retiring from his job as a sales sdministrator, and aims to start a new career in Australia working as a boat builder.

Jacky will be missed at the BBA, she took full part in activities at the school and in Lyme Regis, including one night when she set up an impromptu bar in the workshops to celebrate the mast being completed. Alcohol is of course forbidden in the workshops for safety reasons…

Ivan and Jacky bought a motor home and are now driving round Europe and were last heard of in St Malo, no doubt bringing warmth and friendship wherever they park.

There’s a photographic diary of the build of Gloéy on the BBA website, and Dominik also kept a written online diary.

As always, my thanks to the BBA staff for providing information and photos.

Brian Pearson’s photos of the latest Boat Building Academy student launch





Brian Pearson has sent over some of his photos of the Boat Building Academy’s student launch day on 7th December. Thanks Brian!

He seems to have had a good time: ‘It was a very joyful occasion, so thanks for the heads-up.’ He added that his party voted the Gartside-designed Skylark their boat of the day, though njo doubt others will have their own favourites.

Students at the Boat Building Academy race to complete boat building projects

1 james higson paul gartside clinker dinghy boat building academy 1503113 2 Hannah Jenkins Polynesian canoe 3 fiona molloy tammie norrie boat building academy 1503112

Paul Gartside dinghy, Polynesian canoe, Tammie Norrie

4 uli killer spitzl boat building academy 130511 5 martin nott half rater sibbick boat building academy 1503112 6 Ollie Rees Barnacle 10ft clinker dinghy

Spitzl rowing boat, half-rater, 10ft dinghy

7 tom sargison cayman catboat boat building academy 1305113 8 sean quail - yachting world dayboat boat building academy 1503112 9 Chris Smith selway fisher canoe 7

Caymans catboat, Yachting World Dayboat, Selway Fisher canoe

10 wee rob canoe Matt Cowlbeck 11 gary thompson haven joel white boat building academy 1503113

Wee Rob canoe, Haven 12 1/2

Students and tutors at the Boat Building Academy are to launch a record twelve boat building projects by the September 2010 group on June 7th.

The event details are available here and the BBA folks would like to invite everyone to join us in the celebrations.

With 18 days to go, principal Yvonne Green says the workshops have never been busier – every spare inch of space seems to be occupied by a boat or a bit of a boat. On main instructor Justin Adkin’s weekly boat round on Friday morning Justin was quietly confident that every boat could be completed on time – but he did mention midnight oil on a couple of occasions…

Yvonne adds that while the students (and staff) will probably be shattered by launch day, the boats will be glorious.

‘The boats will be lined up outside the Academy before being walked down to the harbour on the morning of 7th,’ explains Yvonne. ‘Anyone who wants to join us walking them down is very welcome.

‘We’re then off to Beale on Thursday 9th and Art in Action on 23rd July. It’s going to be a busy summer.’

Here’s a quick preview of what will be going into the water, the links lead to each boat’s build diary:

They include:

  • Paul Gartside-designed 12ft traditional clinker dinghy, built in larch and oak with a grown stem and knees. This boat will also be at the Art in Action exhibition, where it has been entered into the Best of the Best category
  • Polynesian outrigger sailing canoe, 16ft long with a cold moulded hull and glass and foam outrigger
  • Spitzl classic German 4.4m lake rowing boat, built traditionally in clinker mahogany on oak. Her main builder, Uli Killer was still up at 7am one morning, and even then just kept oiling until by the end of the day she had 30 coats.
  • Iain Oughtred Tammie Norrie, glued ply and epoxy, with fifteen coats of oil.
  • Diamond Half Rater originally designed by Charles Sibbick in 1897 6.5m long, it is a replica created on the lofting room floor from photographs, a couple of similar lines plans and the only other existing replica Half Rater from another (American) designer that is owned by Rees Martin, a great friend of the Academy. Her hull has a cedar core with laminated outer and inner skins – the the inner skin was resin-infused
  • Yachting World Dayboat with spruce planking, mahogany backbone and oak timbers. She’s identical to a boat built by Lachlan MacKenzie and the class of September 2009
  • Traditional clinker dinghy built from lines taken from a boat restored at the school by short courses, planked in mahogany
  • 14ft Cayman islands catboat of carvel construction, planked in cedar Mexicana. She has a typical Caribbean hull shape used for fishing and racing. She will be going to the Caymans after the launch. All frames laminated in epoxy were baked i.e. post-cured to ensure maximum strength from the glue which then won’t be affected by the Caribbean hea.
  • Strip planked sailing canoe designed by Selway Fisher, 14ft, with a cedar core with laminated outer and inner skin, of which the inner skin was resin-infused
  • Iain Oughtred Wee Rob canoe in glued clinker ply, with simple fit-out with the paddler sitting on the floor boards
  • Joel White Haven 12½ made in epoxy glass and foam with traditional fit-out, oak-laid deck and rig
  • Fit-out of GRP rowing boat, CSM lay-up designed by instructor Justin Adkin from the sliced bread mould admired by David Johnson of Wessex resins some time ago – click here

It sounds like a great day in the making. I can’t be there for boring work reasons. So if anyone could send me some shots at, I’d be most grateful!