Saturday, 31 January 2015

Daddys little crew mates

The control lines ropes and pulleys have all been tested by my little helpers. Freyja says she can not wait to sail out of Eyemouth and sat in the bottom of Guffaw the wee boaty for a good long time this afternoon imagining being out on the water. Rigged she looks ready for serious adventure business. Tomorrow we must load her onto the trailer for edinburgh and instal her in the royal scottish academy. At the moment i am so tired of constantly working on guffaw i will be so happy to have her off my hands, there have been so many other jobs and things neglected of late.

Friday, 30 January 2015

The bitter end

Bit tired

I feel a bit foolish. I thought i would get the gunwhales rubbing ropes and the rigging done today but no. I have finished rat-tailing and fitting only one rubbing rope it took most of the day to do the splicing and the photo is the third end done today of the port side rope. One more end to do in the morning. Lack of attention to detail i can here my farther wittering. He would loved teesing me about overlooking the length of time it takes to attend to the details. However the show must go on.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Fitting out

The bright wood on the black canvas is stunning. The whole family helped turn her over so i can fit the rub rail and rope and duck boards and rowlocks and make the oars and rig the whole thing oh and the self- bailer hull sealing plate! And pack it all with sculptural pods for delivery on sunday. Hummmmmm. Still lots to do.

Thursday, 22 January 2015


Well the skin went on great. Its on the thin side cotton duck canvas 10 g/m2 but it will be light and plenty strong enough. Got a coat of finish on in a hurry last night at 7 pm before hockey training and did not check i was working it in enough to soak through. So discover white patches on the inside. 1 1/2 hrs this morning paining finish on inside between the timber nightmare. Its ok. Cleats and gunwale now.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

What a releif

The problem with doing things you have never done before it comes with a bit of anxiety, specially if a dead line looms.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Roving took ages


Kevlar rovings next after a test panel of the covering fabric, complex system not used before so a bit of experimentation in order before committing to the big job

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Spar making again

I seem to have been big long round things quite regularly reciently! If i get the heavey plaining finished today i can have my rest tomorrow for fresh start monday morning.


Like a coiled spring progress has leapt forward after the christmas hols. Its good to get some more done on the boat there is still loads to do before 1 feb delivery to rsa vas show. Working saturdays to see it done on time loving the emersion in my work it feels like a long time since i have been able to put so much time consistently in.