The rudder is made by laminating up suitably shaped sections of plywood.
These are then glued together
Resulting in a suitable rudder shape. The last image shows the pintles attached
At some stage, the completed skiff will need to be transported, locally and when rowing further afield. And once at the water, it will need to be launched. Duncan used his skills to fabricate a suitable trailer and launching dolly.
Some additional detail shown here:-
And here’s the trailer fully extended
Duncan’s pictures of the next stage of the build, offering up the prepared planks to the framework. The planks closest to the keel – the garboard strakes, are set in place, the starboard one goes on first.
Then the other side:-
And all of a sudden it starts becoming a boat.
Some more detail of the first planking:-
Then the second plank goes on, this image showing the clamps and the wedges:-
The third layer of planks next:-
Then the fourth:
The fifth set:-
And finally, the sixth set:-
Again, here are Duncan’s photo archive for this part of the build.
Here, the joints are ground, four at a time, by staggering the planks.
More detail of creating the scarf joints. Click on each image for a larger version:-
The planks then need to be lined up before being glued together to make the required length, using string against location pins.
Then the planks are glued and firmly clamped:-
The epoxy resin with filler mix is covered in polythene before clamping:-
Bear with us while we get this web site up and running….
During the building of our skiff, we have been aware of how useful the information provided by the web sites of other rowing clubs. In the spirit of contributing some of our learnings, we have decided to document aspects of the building of our skiff, and, once it is launched, the development of the rowing club here in the north west Highlands.
Over the next few weeks, we will start adding content which we hope you find interesting, and possibly useful.