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