Monthly Archives: September 2015

Summer’s end

We’ve had a busy summer here at Anchor and Sail HQ. The promotional work we did over the summer has resulted in our volunteering programme being over subscribed for the most part. It’s been a real joy to see so many new people come into our workshops and get involved with building boats. Catherine and Brian have been working hard to get planks on the big West Coast Skiff. The tightly tucked clinker planking with tight curves at the stern has presented more than a few challenges as the guys plug on getting the fit perfect.

Catherine and Brian have been working solidly to get the planks on the West Coast Skiff

Catherine and Brian have been working solidly to get the planks on the West Coast Skiff

Meanwhile over the river the guys have been planking Starcrest, with all of the carefully made carvel planks fitted, shaped, steamed and encouraged into the space. They are still rivetting like mad, but it’s starting to come together.

And yet more activity! Alongside the two main boats we’ve been fitting out a lifeboat at the Tall Ship and have been working on other smaller boats in the GalGael workshop. We’ve managed to launch the wee 8ft pram dinghy that was built several years ago but needed finishing off and Alan has started work on a 10’6″ clinker rowing boat to be called ‘Annie B’

Tradition Clinker Pram

The clinker pram sailing by.

We’ve also been out on a few trips. Going to visit our friends at the Scottish Fisheries Museum as well as taking a few days out of the summer (such as it was) to get out of the workshops and onto the water. Building a boat is about balancing constraints, too much timber and the boats too heavy, too little and it’s too weak. We always find it helps to get out on the water and see in a real way how a boat deals with the loads and forces working upon it.

Apprentices and volunteers out using one of GalGael's St Ayles Skiffs

Apprentices and volunteers out using one of GalGael’s St Ayles Skiffs