Traditional Wooden Boat Builder in Fowey, Cornwall

Traditional Wooden Boat Builder in Fowey, Cornwall

Phone Number: 07973 420 568

Marcus Lewis Instructional Videos

Fitting planks on a clinker vessel (small boats)

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A clinker dinghy is made up of a number of planks each side; the number of planks is determined by the size and shape of the vessel. A clinker plank is overlaid the plank below for a lap (clinker is also known as lapstrake construction, as strake is another name for a plank and lap describing the joint between each plank).


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Making a set of moulds for a boat (small boats)

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A clinker dinghy is made up of a number of planks each side; the number of planks is determined by the size and shape of the vessel. A clinker plank is overlaid the plank below for a lap (clinker is also known as lapstrake construction, as strake is another name for a plank and lap describing the joint between each plank).


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Steaming Frames (small boats)

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A clinker dinghy is made up of a number of planks each side; the number of planks is determined by the size and shape of the vessel. A clinker plank is overlaid the plank below for a lap (clinker is also known as lapstrake construction, as strake is another name for a plank and lap describing the joint between each plank).


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Rivetting Frames/Ribs (Small Boats)

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Copper rivets are the standard method of fastening planks together in clinker constructions. It is also how the planks are fastened to the ribs or frames. 

It is a traditional method that have been covered for the Traditional Maritime Skills project.

The principle of riveting is straightforward. The process is easy to follow, however, like many skills applying it to a whole boat is a different matter to completing the task once.



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Making A Boom/Gaff Spar

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The making of a boom or gaff spar uses a different technique than other solid wooden spars. 

In this example a boom or gaff spar is made for a Fowey 14' river sailing dinghy. The spar is made in two halves to enable a boltrope channel to be machined into it.


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Timelapse Film Of The Building Of A Fowey River Class Dinghy

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The traditional maritime skills project in Cornwall has been following a number of projects. There was an opportunity to record the building of the Fowey River clinker sailing dinghy (hull number 64) by Marcus Lewis of Fowey.



Making Wooden Spars

PART 1

A spar is a general term for any mast, yard, boom, gaff, bowsprit, etc. on a vessel and nowadays they can be made from wide range of materials including wood, metals such as aluminium and the more exotic materials like carbon fibre. However, our focus is on a standard solid mast seen on small and big vessels alike.


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Timber selection

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The material available to build traditional wooden vessels is always key to the success of the build. Materials have a wide ranging impact on the build process and the finished boat.

The design of the structure, the way they work, the techniques required to use them and how they are finished and maintained are all factors which the traditional boatbuilder must consider when choosing the most suitable material.


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