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 gmatkin@gmail.com, I’d be most grateful!

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An Islay skiff, a stripper canoe and a model Folkboat – three more summer BBA launches

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Martin McMahon Islay Skiff

Martin McMahon Islay Skiff

James Downs - strip-built Canadian Canoe

Model Nordic Folkboat Tim Price - model Nordic Folkboat

The final three boats launched by Boat Building Academy students this year are a 16ft 5in Selway Fisher-designed Islay skiff built by Martin McMahon, a 14ft 3in Canadian canoe built by James Downs, and a 1m remote controlled model Nordic Folkboat made by Tim Price.

After 40 years of sales and marketing, the lure of boat building training could wait no longer for Martin, who is an experienced sailor. Like a number of other BBA students in the past, he chose to build a Selway-Fisher design, and this time it was the strip planked Islay skiff in red cedar.

James joined the Academy straight from college where he studied carpentry
and joinery.

Originally from South Africa, Tim came to the BBA via Alderney in the Channel Islands.  He built his 1m remote control model of a Nordic Folkboat in his spare time.

The next Boat Building Academy student launch will be 9.30am on Thursday the 9th December. Up to five boats will be launched from the class of march 2010.

The builds include a replica of the traditional clinker-built Dorset crab and lobster boat Witch of Worbarrow (see more of this project here), a 13 ft 6 in cold-moulded electric motor launch, a 14ft Whitehall skiff, a 15ft Chestnut canoe and an 18ft strip-planked, gaff-rigged daysailer.

The latest on these builds can be seen at the BBA website.