Monthly Archives: September 2014

Lofting and Surveying

It’s been a busy few weeks here, as they all are! At GalGael our two apprentices have completed the lofting of the West Coast Skiff, there are a lot of lines down now and lots of information to build the boat from. Now it’s done we’ll use it to define the exact shape of the backbone structure, going so far as to lay out the exact positions of the bolts that hold it together.

In the mean time we’ve been busy spending money! A huge timber order arrived last week, with oak keel timbers and larch planking for the GalGael and green oak frame stock and yet more larch planking for Starcrest at the Tall Ship.

Timber Delivery!

GalGael’s share of timber getting unloaded, the remainder on the truck is for the Tall Ship

Meanwhile Starcrest is nearly prepped for the first round of frame replacement and the boat has been looked over by Fraser Noble of McGruer & Co. With a restoration on this scale it’s really important to bring experts in at an early stage to advise on the rebuild, this make sure that we get a usable boat at the end!

Surveying an Wooden Boat

A team effort here

We’re still planning the exact process of rebuild, but in the meantime there is lots to be getting on with.

Starcrest update

Richard Martin tells us about how the Starcrest restoration is going so far:

Starcrest has had two surveyors give her the once over, we are currently waiting for the second report to find out the full extent of the work needed to be done. Having managed at the second attempt to get Starcrest into the workshop [no mean feat in itself] we have begun work doing the obvious such as taking out every other rib, removing the rotten floors and sanding the hull both inside outside. We are collecting thousands of copper rivets which we will eventually sell to the scrappy.

The timber to start reconstruction should arrive next week which we are looking forward to. The full scale of the work has started to sink in. It is a massive, complex job and we are having to be very flexible in our approach to it, but although the work is extensive it is amazing that the original hull planks seem to be in remarkably good condition.

Plenty of boat to work on

Richard takes a well earned break!

Apprentices have been thrown in at the deep end and are now removing rivets like they have been doing it for years. We are all feeling positive and looking forward to the challenge.