Adrian Morgan builds an Oughtred Tammie Norrie

Iain Oughtred-designed Tammie Norrie built  by Adrian Morgan of Viking Boats Iain Oughtred-designed Tammie Norrie built  by Adrian Morgan of Viking Boats

Columnist and boat builder Adrian Morgan of Viking Boats has been putting together a handsome Iain Oughtred-designed Tammie Norrie that is destined for a Highland estate. In fact, it’s one of two lug-rigged dinghies ordered for use guests and family on a huge private loch.

The timber is old slow-grown Scots pine from Her Majesty the Queen’s estate at Balmoral and larch from the Oban area, with oak knees etc. He’s used larch too for the steamed timbers, as he believes it is longer lasting and more supple than oak, and also for the garboards.

Read all about it on Adrian’s engaging weblog The Trouble with Old Boats.

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Iain Oughtred-designed Tammie Norrie built by BBA student

Tammie Norrie at Beale Park - Photograph by Emma Brice Launching Fiona's Tammie Norrie, with Gail in waders - Photograph by Derek Thompson LRPS

Fiona Molloy Tammie Norrie awaiting launch

Boat Building Academy student Fiona Molloy built an Iain Oughtred-designed Tammie Norrie – click on the images above for a much larger view.

Lancashire-born Fiona developed a new passion for sailing and shortly after threw in the day jobin management accounting in London in order to do something different and more practical for a while. In 38 weeks on the long BBA course she built an 13ft 6in  glued clinker Tammie Norrie using plywood and mahogany. She chose the boat for its combination of manageable size and stability.

The choice to do the BBA course wasn’t really a career choice for Fiona: she will go back to her previous job, though hopefully in a setting connected with the sea and boating. But first she’s spending this summer using her new skills to varnish her living room floor and attending some sailing courses on a cutter with the aim of completing an RYA day skipper qualification.

See a photo diary of Fiona’s Tammie Norrie build here.