Breasthooks & gunwales

The gunwales are taking some work; this is a picture of a ‘breast hook’; the gunwale will be ‘open’, that is we fixed the ‘Out-wale’ so that it caps the last plank (Sheerstrake), then glue spacers along the inside ready to accept the final ‘In-wale’. When fabricated, we plane and sand fair, fix the oar pads (Rouths) and then router round edges on the whole to make it easy on the eye and the hands.

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Breast hook

 

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temporary Kabe to ensure correct spacing

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finished gunwale
Question: How many clamps do you need to put a gunwale on a St Ayles skiff? - Answer: Every one in your workshop plus another 3!
Question: How many clamps do you need to put a gunwale on a St Ayles skiff? – Answer: Every one in your workshop plus another 3!

Author: Bob Panrucker

"If you believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing, half so worth doing as - simply messing around in boats!"

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