Only For Nutters – Part 19

It is now late May, and I would like to be telling you of how the finishing touches got done very quickly, the whole boat is coming together beautifully, we have organised a smooth move down to the yard at Totnes, and the boat is about to be craned into the water for the first time. Of course, the final … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 18

Not to be put off by the cold weather, I even resorted on a couple of days to skiing up to the workshop, where the heaters were put on overtime! It has been a period of intense work on the interior, much of it working out where everything is going to fit. I envy the production boat people, who can … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 17

“‘Tis the season for excuses, tra-la-la-la-laa…!” There are so many reasons not to be building the boat during the Christmas season it is remarkable that anything has been achieved at all. I have written before about the cold up at the workshop slowing everything down and making short days necessary just so I can get home to thaw out. The … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 16

Well, I didn’t manage to get the boat painted before the cold weather. I had hoped to be applying the Awlgrip during September, which at least gave us some warm and dry days, but events conspired to delay me once more. So the topcoats will have to wait until it warms up again next year, probably April or May. I … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 15

“I’m going to get the boat finished this year” was my resolution back in April when the sanding party was such a success and things seemed to be moving along briskly. Whatever happened to all that spring bravado? No one needs reminding of how poor our summer has been this year, and there is little doubt that the weather affects … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 14

In the last issue of MR I was struck by two starkly contrasting articles, one about the Tin Can Boat relentlessly pursuing originality using modern materials and the other, James Wharram’s latest venture, exploring the gradual evolution of prehistoric double canoes. Reading these articles from the angle of design and construction triggered some questions about the choices I have made, … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 13

Like a marathon runner with just the last few miles to go, I am thinking ‘Is this nearly it, do I have the energy to reach the finish line, should I sprint now or keep going steady?’ A curious aspect of this project is how I keep getting surprised when I finish a section. It is as if I have … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 12

The winter months are always a slow time. Epoxy is the consistency of thick honey, damp and cold are the enemy, heaters and lamps are in constant use. And then there’s the inconvenience of having to stop for Christmas! I have been trying to keep the pace going in order to finish the mast in the workshop and to free … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 11

A couple of months of limbo dancing under the long table in the workshop has left us quite weary and glad to have pulled the mast together without major mishap. With the shear web (4mm ply and spruce edges) glassed both sides and reinforced where necessary, we fix some 20mm plumbing overflow pipe to its forward side and run the … Read More

Only For Nutters – Part 10

I have described before how progress on a project of this size never seems to be linear, but is all long slogs and sudden comings-together. These last couple of months have seen some real forward leaps as the boat starts to take shape. I have also been spending big sums on essentials and trying to resist the fancy gizmos… On … Read More