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Having become completely hooked on the Norfolk boating experience and then acquiring a foothold in the area in the form of a riverside bungalow above Potter, boats to use were at the top of the whole family’s list of wants. Now obviously this involves an entire fleet to meet all requirements:
1. Yacht (Lullaby (Hunter's) Class or similar) for civilised cruising (Father’s dream! – All keen)
2. Half decker (Y&B or Waveney) for simply messing about in (Father’s slightly more practical dream! – All keen)
3. Gentleman’s launch for pottering in style (Mother’s dream! Kids – ‘just like the Beckfoot launch!’ Father – ‘hmmm stinky, will need huge style and/or a disguise!’)
4. Titmouse (x 2) for piracy, bird protection and salvage adventures (Kids necessity!)
5. Dayboat for baggage, shopping and personnel transfers (Father and mother with sensible heads on!)

You have quickly realised that, firstly my children are Arthur Ransome obsessed (my own fault really! LOL) and secondly, there is no way I am going to be able to afford this lot without winning the Lottery! Wink  Well number 5 is an absolute necessity being above High’s Mill and on the Potter/Hickling Bank and led to the acquisition of a 12’ 3” Maxcraft – small but should cope whilst we find our feet. So to put the rest in a sensible order and remembering the limited storage – the children need something soonest, I can keep an eye out for a half decker (still looking! Smile ) and the others are pipedreams (for now! Playful Wink ).

Now, the easy choice of sailing dinghy would be a Mirror/Miracle/Enterprise/Wayfarer/etc which we could maybe all use. Then I thought back to my own childhood squabbles over whose turn to steer, etc. Gasp

Right that will be 2 small trainer dinghies then! The obvious choice here is the Optimist and research shows a few old wooden ones, generally in poor condition, or quite a few GRP in good racing nick for lots of money. Now I have never really liked the Oppie personally and so it took little persuasion from daughter to consider a self-build and the clear favourite was the Stornoway 9, designed by Selway Fisher. A friend had built one of these for his daughter and both of mine had sailed it with her (Henry even managing to capsize it in Oct – brrrrrr! LOL) and liked it.

With this decision made all that was needed was to obtain the plans and whip up a couple of examples - easy!

Now this is no ‘Broad Ambition’ story, but I thought it might interest some others out there to see how the build goes; as to whether it should be seen as warning or encouragement is up to you!


John

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This is what it should look like! Eventually! tounge-in-cheek LOL

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Well come on, come on then,  waiting here with baited breath and all that malarky.

We are on the brink of ordering the plans for the Stornoway 12" as per your recommendations of course, So if it all goes pear-shaped . . .  we know where your live   Evil Grin   -  Griff

One of these decades we WILL finish Broad Ambition !!

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Patience Griff, patience!

Broad Ambition wasn't built in a day - or even a year! One of these decades you will have time to build a dinghy! Evil Grin

John

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Jun-30-2007 @ 12:37 AM                           Permalink
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OK next bit:

Having made the decision to build, plans were easily acquired and much useful advice is available on the SF website. The design is ‘Stitch and Tape’ where panels are wired together and then bonded using glass fibre tape and epoxy resin. Tool requirements are no more than most DIYers will have already – Jig saw, drill, chisel, screwdriver, Stanley knife, tape, set square, sander, length of curtain rail (!) and clamps (lots of clamps!).

With the benefit of hindsight - First lesson/warning for any other budding builders: Designers are marvellous chaps, but they have years of boatbuilding experience behind them and build hours seem to be based on chunks of time being available for dedicated work. Moderate carpentry skills, the need to work for a living and the demands of family life appear to lead to the need to multiply the time estimate by at least 2! Wink

So here we are in December with a set of plans with a guide of 30-50 hours to build a boat given by the designer. Now, the boats are needed for the family hols in August – stacks of time, even with 3 months away with work, thinks the optimist! LOL Wood for 2 boats is ordered to arrive in the New Year (let’s keep Christmas clear and anyway, we’re in Norfolk for the New Year!) and the garage is cleared to create a workshop.

Now I don’t intend to go into a step by step boat construction lesson, as even I would find that tedious!  I will give brief descriptions of each stage and use pics to show progress. If anyone wants a blow by blow description then PM me, but bear in mind No. 1 ain’t finished yet and its down to a days to go count for the family hols!
Blush  Tinhat

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Jun-30-2007 @ 12:43 AM                           Permalink
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Ok, wrist firmly slapped - quite rightly too.

A blow by blow account is fine with us,

well, you let the ink dry on the last post   tounge-in-cheek  -  Griff

One of these decades we WILL finish Broad Ambition !!

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Jul-01-2007 @ 12:26 PM                           Permalink
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Hi John
I would like to see some pics of the progress of the dinghy. I bought a set of plans around a year or so ago and intend to build one myself. Are you using standard 8 x 4 sheets of ply? The reason I ask is cause on the plans it shows butt joins in the panels and I wondered what these would end up looking like on the finished boat.
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Mat
(PS the picture of one posted looks great)

http://uk.geocities.com/gravener471@btinternet.com/index.htm

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Mat,
You beat me to it! See next installment:

Drawing up the planks is a matter of creating station lines onto the sheets of ply, transferring measurements and cutting them out. That’s fine, but have you ever tried matching up 2 x 8’ lengths of 6mm ply and planing them up into matching curved planks?  The other point the observant among you will have noticed is the sizes; ply comes in 8’ x 4’ sheets, the boat is going to be 9’ long – this means that you have to join the planks.

2 methods for this:
1. Easy – Butt Strap. Put 2 flat edges together, another piece of wood over the top, glue and nail it all together and Robert is your mother’s brother!
2. More Technical – Scarf Joint. Plane off the edges of each piece of plank to form an angled edge, match up and glue together.

A Scarf Joint doesn’t show, whilst the Butt Strap does. However, the Butt Strap looked easier so I went with that option! Looking back, I would suggest that it would be worth giving the Scarf Joint a go if you are up to more than just basic carpentry.


John

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Pics of planks

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Butt Straps for Mat

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