Her recent work included a complete re-decking, to an swept-ish pattern but with no king plank – the hallmark of the yard where she was originally built. A group of French therapists has addressed the ills of our fast-moving, increasingly isolated lives with a new initiative to provide solace by building wooden boats, writes Roger Barnes. A Votre Sante, as they are known, has chosen the Meaban, a Francois Vivier design (above), as the boat to build, and the first one is in build now. She is being built by participants young and old in order to help bridge the generation gulf, another problem identified by the association. Boatbuilder Elmar Specht (above) recently started a restoration project on the biggest single-masted jollenkreuzer ever built.
Jollenkreuzers, light, beamy centerboarders, are not well-known in Britain, but in Germany they were (and are) popular boats on the lakes and rivers. Also in Elmar’s yard, Wischhafen as it is named, is the 7-M yacht Svea (above), built in Finland in 1914 for another luminary – Alfred Nobel (CB291).
An electric boat dating from 1899 was recently restored at Hall’s Boatworks in Lake George, New York, reports Dag Pike.
Wenoa is a 32ft (9.8m) Elco launch originally delivered to the FR Smith yard on Lake George where she was used to demonstrate the capabilities of electric boats.
A new design from the Stephens Waring office is for a 24ft (7.3m) spirit-of-tradition trailable half-decker. Uroxsys, the NZ-made polyurethane wood finish, has been brought under the Awlgrip brand, part of the AkzoNobel organisation. We reported work on the 75ft C&N yacht Yali in last month’s Yard News – but without a pic. This entry was posted in Yard News and tagged 7-M class, 7-M yacht, A Votre Sante, Alfred Nobel, Awlgrip, Awlwood, Batsnickeri, boatbuilder, Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, Einstein, Elco boat, Elmar Specht, Glenear, Hilanwer, Jollenkreuzer, Neglinge yard, new designs, Nobel, oldest electric boat, Refanut, Riva Ariston, Riva Restoration, Riva restorer, S&S, Southampton Yacht Services, Sparkmans and Stephens, Stephens Warings, Svea, SYS, Tom Neale, Uroxsys, varnish, Vivier, Wenoa, Wilhelm Von Hacht, Wischhafen, wooden motorboat, wooden yacht restoration, Yali, Yard News. Wooden boat and send rouge caulking Le Tonkinois Varnish Red Lead paint anti foulings barrier paints.


Entries are open for the Hamble Classics at the Southern regatta and and Notice of Race has been published on the event’s website. The William Fife III-designed Hallowe’en is occasionally described as the prettiest sailing yacht of all.
Built in larch on oak for the Admiralty in 1943, by Carnie in Leith, Edinburgh, Starbuck was a Brixham fishing boat (no.127) when the owner bought her 30 years ago. Reputed to be 100 years old when my mother-in-law bought it in 1947, this is a genuine antique West Highland Skiff which sails well, and is in excellent condition for its age. John C Harris of Chesapeake Light Craft built this attractive galley box in two hours to fit his Pocketship. The International Star that has enjoyed the most success Olympic Games over the past 100 years.
This was fitting enough, as it was in Sweden – at the Neglinge yard – that she was built in 1955, with the magnificent design brief to be “the fastest yacht in Sweden”. She is only 22ft 4in (6.8m) long but has four berths, as well as a handy gaff sloop rig, a lifting centreboard and a pretty, seakindly hull. Hilanwer is a 50sqm class, 36ft (11m) long and 10ft (3m) in beam, built by Drews Yard in Hamburg in 1936 to a design by Wilhelm von Hacht.
Having saved an old Ewer (Elbe sailing barge) from scrap last year, Elmar and his team are now trying to rescue one of the oldest working Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters, Glenear, built c1880 and now lying half planked in a shed near a museum scheduled for demolition in February. Elco, the Electric Launch Company, was based in Bayonne, New Jersey, and started building electric launches for the 1894 World’s fair in Chicago. The original electric motor and its controller have been fully restored by Elco experts, but the original Edison batteries have been replaced many times. The ‘Signature Twenty Four’, will be built by students at the Northwestern School of Wooden Boat-building, Washington State this summer, in strip plank. A new range of products, to be called Awlwood MA (for marine aliphatic), and incorporating Uroxsys technology, will be launched globally this year.


So here she is at Southampton Yacht Services, looking great and due for a spring finish, when she’ll sail back to her home on the Italian coast. The Boatbuilding Tools needed for building renovating or repairing wooden boats and how to sharpen and deal for them.
The job will include replacing all steel ribs and the centerboard trunk – including the centerboard itself, which is 8ft (2.4m) long. Subsequently the yard built a range of motor cruisers, then switched to military production during World War Two and went on to build nuclear submarines. In her day Wenoa could voyage the length of Lake George and back, 68 miles, on one charge with a maximum speed of 12 knots.
Another yacht, still at the drawing board stage (though commissioned thus far), is for a 144ft (44m) SoT ketch. The Ariston is smaller than the famous Aquarama with more models sold (more than 1,000 in fact) between 1950 and 1974.
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