Another lovely outing to Burnham Overy Staithe

Sunday 14th August 2016; Despite the crowds and local (water) sports day, we launched Ouse Rewet and the RIB from the car park and made our way to Scolt Head Island. The weather was superb and several members (and a guest) went swimming in the harbour entrance. The others just sunbathed and picnicked. The consensus was : another superb outing. My thanks to Will for the artistic pictures.IMG_2058IMG_2053IMG_2063IMG_2059

and the outer Stem

and the outer Stem

Avoiding the knots in our Larch has meant we are turning too much of it into sawdust! So we decided to keep the inner stems (aprons) laminated but use sawn and checked timber for the outer. Note the Inner stem is used as the pattern. The scarphs were placed within the tightest curve to keep the grain as straight as possible and maintain strength. We also used epoxy on the joints rather than Collano. I suspect we will also buy some good quality Douglas Fir for the Hog as the one we cut from our Larch stock relaxed into a nice curve as soon as it was cut!

Laminating the bow apron

Laminating the bow apron

A messy job but the packing tape stopped it sticking to the bench (mostly!). We used Collano Semparoc glue (Balcotan replacement; epoxy can be a little dodgy with green wood). The bow apron, along with the stern apron, hog (or ‘keelson’) and the ribs (or ‘frames’) make up the ‘backbone’ of the boat to which we will attach all the planking.
Note: The workshop will be open this Saturday afternoon (28th June) to coincide with Kings Lynn’s ‘Festival Too’

Stems, Hogs Keels etc…

Thanks to a couple of generous donations, several of our members were in the woods last week, cutting and planking Larch, sufficient to meet the needs of both the Baden Powell planking and our Hogs, Keels, Stems, Gunwales & (possibly) Oars etc. Thanks also to


Baden Powell

Flyer for talk 2

In the second evening about boat building in Kings Lynn 100 years ago; on Saturday May 18th at 7:30pm, the Baden Powell restoration team are having an evening featuring music by ‘Too many Whickers’, £12 with bar and food. Includes extracts from a 1975 BBC recording with Bill Worfolk and takes place at the Sea Cadet building on South Quay. Contact Tim Clayton on 01553 772329 or use our contact form.

Bob Panrucker

Bob Panrucker

Welcome to our blog. I can do no better than repeat the recent Lynn News article from March 7th 2013 …

Volunteers are needed to help a man to build two rowing boats to race along Lynn’s waterfront.

Bob Panrucker is appealing to the community to help him build two St Ayles Skiffs along with establishing a new rowing club.

Building and racing St Ayles Skiffs has become increasingly popular across the world since the boat design was commissioned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in 2009.

The skiff, which has 22ft with a beam of 5ft 8in, is manned by four rowers and a coxswain.

The boat is named after the former chapel, which is part of the entrance to the museum in Fife.

Mr Panrucker has received permission from the Lynn’s Sea Cadets committee to use a shed along South Quay to build the boats.

He will also be applying for grants to raise £10,000 to bring the project to fruition.

Mr Panrucker said: “Two of these boats racing up and down the River Great Ouse would be tremendous. This would be a big benefit to the town. It will help to pull people down to the South Quay to watch the building.

“This is a tremendous project which pulls together members of the community who are interested in watching the build take place and having competitions.

“People will be able to get fit and have fun on the water and use the river. It is primarily developed to get residents to use the Great Ouse.”

Mr Panrucker will be officially launching the King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club but needs committee members to form a quorum.

He is hoping to attract six adults to help build the two boats, which could take a couple of months if they work full-time or, more likely, 6 months part-time.

Mr Panrucker said: “Personally I love building boats. These things are very exciting, the build starts upside down!

“I would like anybody to come along and help. I have a couple of people who are interested already. I have a flier that I will be sending out.”

Mr Panrucker, who is chairman of the Lynn Sea Cadets, is also hoping to get youngsters involved in the project.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in this initiative should email Mr Panrucker at or call 01553 636583