The Boat Building Academy celebrated the launch of six boats and seventeen new boat builders at Lyme a few weeks ago.
The boats were built by the BBA’s class of September 2013, who had completed its 38-week course.
Some three hundred well-wishers gathered in the sunshine to celebrate the students’ achievements and give a resounding cheer as the champagne popped and each boat went into the water.
First in was the 12ft traditional clinker dinghy above, built by David Rainbow and Adam Smith to Paul Gartside’s 2001 design, #130 design, and planked in west African mahogany on oak ribs and backbone. David, from Middlesex, worked at Heathrow Airport for 20 years in a variety of roles, most recently as baggage operational assurance manager, and first came to the BBA to do a three-day introductory course, and then decided it was time for a change of career and booked a place on the 38-week course last year. David chose to build this row and sail boat as he felt the traditional clinker method would make a good test of skills, and felt the style and size of this particular Paul Gartside design was just right for him. He made a couple of changes to the original design – he planked it in West African mahogany rather than western red cedar for aesthetic reasons, and chose a boomless standing lug rig designed by Paul Gartside specifically for David’s boat, rather than the original boomed rig. He was working with computers, but built a Selway Fisher dinghy in his spare time and enjoyed the process so much he decided to train for a new career. Have you got news for us?If what you're doing is like the things you read about here - please write and tell us what you're up to. Classic Sailor is a new magazine about traditional and classic boats from ex-Classic Boat editor Dan Houston and colleagues that promises rather more coverage of the traditional craft around our coast.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. I'm interested in thoughts and recommendations on historic workboat designs (or modern designs with workboat lineage) that would prove an enjoyable and challenging traditional build. Primarily sail with oar auxiliary, though I'm still trying to work through my thoughts on an outboard, either on the transom or in a well. Modern designs that I find handsome and have a workboat look or direct heritage to them are tough to find for traditional construction, though some may be able to be converted.
You have found some nice boat pictures and just looking by at them I feel inspiration streaming towards me. There are a lot of different clinker built double enders around northern Europe and the US and Canadian east coast.
In the last few days, I can't seem to stop looking at the lines of Roger Long's 17' Pinky Sloop, or 'Quoddy Boat'. An open boat offers an entirely different character and milieu than a boat with even a small cabin. Trad clinker sounds like your way forward,at least you are being realistic about time frame. A tiny cuddy would have been a huge advantage, though unpractical, when fishing from the skiff. With twisted, charred shapes distended in chaotic lines, clinker brick looks like the deranged work of a madman. I first came across clinker brick at Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City, where a huge wall rambles around the burial ground with waves of blackened brick that seem salvaged from some Krakatoa-like disaster, assembled as if someone built it by touch instead of sight. The architect behind the Oklahoma City cemetery is anonymous, although it inspired a man named Oscar Allison in 1933 to build the clinker Capitol Hill Monument Co.
Hyperallergic welcomes comments and a lively discussion, but comments are moderated after being posted. Hyperallergic is a forum for serious, playful and radical thinking about art in the world today. Six months at the Boat Building Academy gave Lachlan (Locky) McKenzie enough time to build a Yachting World Day Boat with help from fellow students Tom Trevessey and Tim Price.

The traditional clinker build began in January 2010 after the initial foundation carpentry and joinery phase of the 38-week course.
Tailwind is spruce planked on a mahogany backbone, case, thwarts and frames with oak timbers. Instructor Justin Adkin modified the plank lines to allow better water flow around the hull, and altered the deck structure and layout, incorporating five full frames, to stiffen the hull and allow it to be tensioned up in a similar way to a Salcombe Yawl. Tom, from Cheltenham, and Tim, originally from South Africa, shared the main work on the build. Locky’s Yachting World Day Boat has attracted a lot of attention, not just because it is a return to traditional wooden construction for the class, but also because of its beauty; the elegant decking and combing make great finishing touches.
Boat Building Academy students Kyle Paternoster and Rob Hounslow made a traditionally-built clinker pram dinghy to plans by Iain Oughtred and sailed it for the first time on their course’s student launch day. The 7ft 9in dinghy made to Oughtred’s Humble Bee design is planked in sweet chestnut with a Dorset-grown oak centreline and fore and aft transoms, and green oak ribs.
Her name, Rubee, is a play on words based on Kyle’s grandmother’s name, Ruby, and Humble Bee. Kyle started work as an engineer on one of the biggest yachts in the world the week after leaving the Academy – the role is based on three-month rotations, and will allow Kyle to work as a boat builder in the months he is at home, building and selling his own boats.
He’s a qualified dinghy instructor and in his spare time plans to teach members of his family to sail in Rubee. Rob, who worked with Kyle on the build, grew up around water on his father’s fish farm on the River Kennet.
Rob will be using his newly acquired skills at Cockwells Modern and Classic Building at Falmouth, where he will be working alongside fellow BBA graduate Jack Livesey, who graduated in June 2012.
A brand new traditional clinker planked rowing dinghy by professional Cornish boat-builder James Baker, built to traditional, conventional methods of dinghy building in traditional materials. Planked in larch, 1o planks per side, all fastened with copper nails and roves to steam-bent oak timbers on an oak back-bone. After seating, mid-ships thwart and fore thwart all in varnished larch and fitted with half-lapped oak knees. The dinghy is finished in paint exterior with oiled sheer-strake and all oiled interior with varnished seating. A particularly pretty little pulling boat with good beam and volume allowing her to carry 4 people in safety. In building her, thought was given to future fitting of a rig so that it is very possible to install a dagger-board and box, the forward thwart already has a hole cut for a mast and a mast step can be fitted on the keel below and the transom and stern post were built with shipping a rudder in mind. Although new to woodworking and boat building, the students built six boats and a paddle board using modern and traditional methods, completing every step from lofting board to launch in just nine months. Adam made the most of the academy’s facilities and in his spare time on the course he made a cabinet, trestle table and chest. Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions.
I believe a traditionally built boat can be dry sailed, especially if in-water time is short compared to time on the hard. Ives Jumbo (Cornwall fishing lugger) have been on the list at one time or another, but taken off as 'impractical', mostly due to size and trailerability.
If you absolutely saturate the timber with hot oil and wood preserver mix until the wood just cant take anymore, she could survive trailering.
Seems a few people have faith in either polysulphide or polyurethane as a bedding between the strips,or just plain tar or thick paint. Also because I believe that a double ender without too much dispacement aft allows the bow to ride over waves while a deep transom would force the bow straight through a wave. Scandinavian clinker built boats have usually been hauled ashore when not in use so I would think that this type of construction is fairly trailer safe.

I would pick a traditional workboat from a region where the sea and landing conditions are fairly similar to what your boat will encounter.
Long's Quoddy Boat compared to, say, the Noman's Land Boat, Hampton Boat, Mackinaw Boat, or Crotch Island Pinky as far as sailing characteristics and my intended purpose? This is not the sort of build to rush,and it would pay to get the best timber you can afford, it really is a world away from ply and bog, though that does have its place also. Around 1900, thanks to the Arts and Crafts movement, these previously discarded chunks of vitrified material from the brick-making process were suddenly prized for their organic feel. Their use by architects like Greene and Greene based in Pasadena, California, was partly a reaction to the perfectly manufactured bricks that were the new standard in the 20th century. Locky chose the design because he is a keen dinghy sailor, and intends sailing her competitively. Locky has great hopes that his wooden boat will perform well against her plastic opponents when he races her out of Bosham – although he says she’s faster than the crew so anything is possible. Tim, who is a Maritime and Coastguard Agency Master of Yachts, has worked as crew, a water taxi, sailing instructor and in yacht delivery, and straight after the BBA course he started work at the Elephant Boatyard at Southampton. The red sails were made by students on a weekend sail-making workshop at the academy run by Jeremy White, managing director of Elvstrom Sails.
Rob had done almost every job there is around a fish farm, including making jetties and bridges and working with green oak, but he wanted to master a craft and so decided to join the Academy to learn boat building.
Full midships sections carried forward for buoyancy and stability and the sweetest tumble-home to the transom all combine to make this little boat everyone’s idea of what a proper clinker dinghy should be.
However I am not competent enough to declare this oppinion on seaworthiness as the absolute truth. Built into walls, fireplaces, and foundations across the United States, a few examples still stand, appearing like moments of insanity in our mostly uniform architecture. Below are more photographs of the cemetery wall, as well as some clinker brick examples from around the United States.
Tom, who joined the course because he wants to work in the marine industry, is heading off to New Zealand some time before the end of the year. Clinker wasn’t the only unusual brick design of the early 1900s — tapestry brick, for example, mixed various colors — although it was the most distinctive, transferring the Arts and Crafts interest in rustic traditions onto the industrial material. Free Boat Plans Winner best Outboard 2012 NCMM Wooden sauceboat Show Beaufort NC Plans are now available for foursome sizes of the Tango Skiff. Some traditional carvel builders may sneer at strip plank, the only advantage i would give to carvel is the ability to remove a plank without disturbing the others, but its a system that needs heavy framing and caulking to keep it all together, suited to some boats,not others. Gator Boat Wooden Boat Plans physique your have Skiff Dory Duckboat Sneakboat or Plywood Johnboat wood boat plans skiff. Stitch and glue approach requires gluing of plywood with epoxy resin and fibreglass Clinker Boat Building Planking . The copper wire is threaded through the holes and warped to grab the panels firmly with each other until they are glued. The use of epoxy fillets is the main reason for the popularity of this technique Clinker Boat Building Planking . Operational levels in various directions creating a powerful boat construction.Get on the plating plating Clinker Boat Building Planking. It is worth at least two or three coats of paint or vanish so the epoxy can be protected from UV rays. If you want to use and paste technique you must develop the boat more high quality marine plywood. Complete: picket boats generally are offered that a coat of fiberglass fabric soaked in epoxy resin in the sew and glue approach.

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