Workshop progress, July 2015

We’ve been making steady progress on the second St Ayles skiff (Ouse Réwet) at the new workshop in King’s Lynn.

To date, we’ve set out the hog, positioned the ribs and the framework…

Added the keelson, shaping it into the stems…
Bob’s highly skilled with the power-planer and makes a tricky job look straightforward:

And started fixing the boards…

To date, we’ve reached the third board…


Another workshop, another boat…

Our boatbuilding continues, with the start of our second St Ayles Skiff, Ouse Réwet.

The framework for St Ayles skiff 'Ouse Réwet
The framework for St Ayles skiff ‘Ouse Réwet’

We’ve moved to a new workshop, kindly supported by King’s Lynn Town Council, which gives much more space. The workshop is on Bergen Way on King’s Lynn’s North Industrial Estate.

Find out where: Google Map

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Lynn Réwet fettled and ready for the road

Thursday’s (20th March) workshop session saw the Lynn Réwet take to her trailer, ready for the road, and sea-trials.

That’s the first sighting in the daylight!

Lynn Réwet on trailer

A few finishing touches…

Fitting the rudder and tiller
Tom Fitting the rudder and tiller to Lynn Réwet
Leather protection for the oars
Stitching in place the Leather protection for the oars

Making the oars

This is a short, scruffy video about the making of our oars. It is not for beginners as it makes several assumptions about basic woodworking techniques. I used several tools that may not be familiar to beginners such as Chalk Line (for marking a perfectly straight 14ft cut line), Spar Gauge, Power Plane, Belt Sander and Palm Sander … I recommend Google and YouTube for detailed advice about these. Enjoy!
Making the oars (video)
Blade face

The prettying-up starts at last!

The oars are being build off-site so that we could clean the workshop and start the painting. For the technophiles, we are using International Woodskin for the gunwales and other bright-work, alkyd primer/undercoat then silicon/alkyd marine enamel topcoat outside and acrylic eggshell inside. the seats (or ‘thwarts’) are coated with Teak Oil – gives a bit of protection, shows off the grain of the Larch and gives a matt, non-slip finish. The blade of the rudder has been painted with epoxy resin for protection. The colour scheme … well, you’ll have to wait until the launch on the 11th April.20150227_112240 20150227_112140 20150227_112149 20150227_112309

Coming along nicely

We’re making good progress with building Lynn Réwet (adopted name of our first boat) and can see clear signs of the finished article.



The thwarts and their supports are cut and in place, the steering gear – rudder and tiller – are well advanced, we have a cox’s seat and a cuddy in construction.
There’s still a lengthy to-do list, but the end’s on the horizon.

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.

Breast hook


temporary Kabe to ensure correct spacing


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!