This trip to Valencia has so far been a great experience, working with people experienced in their fields. It’s an industrial area with a yachty yard in the middle. The 57′ ring trawler ‘Bonnie Lass’ stands out in her authenticity. Topside planking, cover boards, frames, stanchions, capping, deck, blocking.
I’ve been helping Tom Gilbert with his laminations and the tear drop design. It’s a sleep-in trailer for the car!
The new workshop in Porthleven is down the road from the water and sheltered from the south westerlies. It’s a simple open shed 20′ by 14′ allowing the construction of smaller boats and oars. A 14′ harbour punt is being lofted in the shed next door, to be clinker built of native british timber. She’s based on …
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At Newlyn, we Sculled and raced and had a lot of fun in the water. The team in the white boat won, as Jimmy had predicted. It also rained a lot, which washed the boats.
A shoulder came from J & FJ Baker yesterday. It’s 4mm thick and tough as old boots. jfjbaker.co.uk
Tasked to lengthen an old ash oar and clean it up. The oar was first straightened using lead weights, a wet cloth and a hot room, then stripped, scarphed, filled, sanded and primed. The top coats will go on next week.
Elaine Trethowan emailed explaining how the yawler worked the harbour. A Yawler is someone who tends a larger boat with a sculling punt. My job was to scull out between the Island and the shore at Mousehole, especially when the tide was low, and meet the Porthenys to ferry the crew, fish, provisions and any …