Earlier on this week the Catspaw Dinghy, now re-named Pollaidh left with her new owner. We starting building this boat back in 31st January 2013 so it’s great to see her finally leaving.
Meanwhile we’ve been getting ready. Tomorrow the GalGael will be relaunching our 30′ Birlinn – ‘Orcuan’. This replica of a traditional West Highland Galley was built by us 15 years ago and been as far afield as Iona and Ireland. Over the last year we’ve been rebuilding her with new planking, framing and a few wee bits and bobs. She’ll go back in the water on Friday 31st March at 1pm if you can make it along we’d love to see you.
Last year we held our first big event coming out of Anchor and Sail, the Riverside Regatta. In 2017 we’re building on that success by running the new and improved Clydebuilt Festival, a new festival of Boats, Folk and Maritime Heritage. Right at the heart of the big day will be our launch of the West Coast Skiff, GalGael major project over the life of Anchor and Sail! Stick the weekend of 23rd and 24th of September in your diaries, this one’s gonna be fun!
Roy is one the many hands who have helped refurbing GalGael’s second St Ayles Skiff “Lady Danger”. He’s made a lovely job of the new plywood rudder. Over the next week he’ll be painting and varnishing it to a bright shiny gloss!
If you’d like to volunteer with us and join in the fun just click “Get Involved” above (silly hats optional)
Ahh the classic failed to keep up the blog post.
Lots happening here. Andrew’s been volunteering for a year now, building boats and learning skills:
(And pulling silly faces)
More of Leanne’s lovely photography today as we try and pick up the blog
Ben and John consider the Rudder and Tiller
Mike sets up the Transom for Annie C
Mike checks the sternpost alignment
We are once again looking for apprentices! If you’d like to be a boatbuilder get in touch with email@example.com