Traditional Wooden Boat Builder in Fowey, Cornwall

Traditional Wooden Boat Builder in Fowey, Cornwall

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Marcus Lewis Instructional Videos - Part 2

Steaming Planks ~ How To Steam The Garboard Planks On A Sailing Dinghy

PART 1

Fundamentally hulls shapes of any vessels are naturally curvaceous and only limited by the material properties to take on these shapes. 

This limitation has been greatly reduced with glass-reinforced plastics (GPR) such as fibreglass. 

However, traditional material like wood can be encouraged into to the extreme hulls shapes demonstrated in many of the wooden vessels seen in the Cornish waters.



Timelapse Film Of The Mayflower, A 14' Clinker Dinghy

PART 1

The traditional maritime skills project in Cornwall has been following a number of projects. There was an opportunity to record the building of the first Mayflower by Marcus Lewis of Fowey.

Originally built by Skentlebery in Plymouth using moulds and patterns, sadly these were lost to fire and no plans had ever been drawn for the dinghy. Skentlebery managed to built 100 of these boats so this one will be 101st dinghy to be built and the first for Marcus. The Mayflower is a 14' clinker dinghy with a gunter rigged, and a steel centreplate.



Mayflower Inverted Hull Mayflower Update

PART 1

This is a general video covering an update of the building of the Mayflower. Marcus Lewis, the boatbuilder discusses what has happened, hull has been lifted of the strong back and turned over. General discussion happens, including how to position bilge rubbing strake.

Technique: The conversation with the boat builder, in this case Marcus Lewis, is unscripted and no individual technique/ skill is discussed. It is a general discussion about the current project's progress.



Lining Off Planks (small boats)

PART 1

This section covers more than just lining off planks, it shows how to transfer the bevel from the mould to the hog and removing it. 

It also covers the relationship of the garboard to the boat, developing the garboard template, cutting the garboard and starting to fix it. 

To see the next step for the garboards, please refer to the steaming planks skill where the garboards for a Fowey 14' river sailing dinghy are steamed into position by Marcus Lewis.


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Making Plank Templates

PART 1

A template is a gauge or pattern, cut out in wood, metal or other suitable material, used to help shape something accurately. Looking at a well planked wooden vessel, it does not matter whether it is a clinker or carvel construction, but all the planks will look 'right'. 



Taking the moulds of a boat

PART 1

The process of recreating a design, whether a part or the whole vessel has always happened. Even though it is common practice, it does not mean that the approach people use is the same. 

A huge number of techniques have developed to achieve this goal, depending on the size of the vessel, location, equipment and manpower available, and the reason behind doing it in the first place also influences the process. 


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Fitting Knees - Small Boat

PART 1

Transferring loads between components of a yacht /boat is really important. Its structure is stiffened up with the use of a knee which is usually wood, or metal in later boats, or a composite structure in modern boats.

 The knee joins the two components (for example deck and hull, hull and seat, hull and transom) together and provides a load path and structure etc. Fitting them to a small boat, it is vital for them to fit both components and be secured for them to do their task.



Laminating the stem

PART 1

There is a benefit to laminating the stem of a small dinghy, as it produces a very strong and stable structure and is commonplace in small boat building. Traditionally the stem would be made from a piece of timber with the stem's shape matching the grain flow as best as possible. The pros and cons of both methods are covered in this section. The techniques demonstrated can be applied to any laminating requirement such as knees, frames, deck beam etc.


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Making a Centreplate Case

PART 1

Overview of the skill:In many small sailing dinghies, the centreplate is housed in a centreplate case, and as it is pivoted it allows the centreplate to be lowed during sailing. The degree that the centreplate case is lowered has an impact of the sailing properties of the dinghies.

Having a slot through the bottom of the hull without a casing would cause problems, so the casing enables the plate to be surrounded by water up to the height of the waterline without sinking the boat!


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Mayflower build update - Small boat

PART 1

This is a general video covering an update of the building of the Mayflower. It leads on from the other video 'Steps after riveting a clinker boat'.

Marcus Lewis, the boatbuilder discusses what has happened, fitting the thwarts, knees, covering board on the centreplate case. A method for check the centreplate, making it works with the current bolt position. Mast step, forward and aft floor boards are all mentioned.



Slatted Seats / Thwarts - Small Boat

PART 1

This is a general video covering an update of the building of the Mayflower. It leads on from the other video 'Steps after riveting a clinker boat'.

Marcus Lewis, the boatbuilder discusses what has happened, fitting the thwarts, knees, covering board on the centreplate case. A method for check the centreplate, making it works with the current bolt position. Mast step, forward and aft floor boards are all mentioned.



Caulking Irons - Introduction

PART 1

Caulking is defined by driving oakum, cotton or general rope fibres in the seams of a ship's wooden deck or side / hull to make it watertight. It also plays a structural role in tightening up the hull / deck of a ship and reduces the longitudinal movement of neighbouring planks.

Marcus gave a quick overview of the various caulking irons, caulking mallet and caulking cotton in relationship to small boats. No caulking was demonstrated, but twisting caulking cotton to prepare it was shown.



Steps After Rivetting A Clinker Boat - General Discussion

PART 1

Marcus Lewis discusses the progress of the Mayflower.



Using A Spar Gauge

PART 1

A spar gauge is a simple piece of equipment which anyone can make, and its impact on the time it takes to mark out a spar is huge. See how it is used in the following video when Marcus Lewis uses it to mark a piece of timber to make a wooden spar.