BOAT - "ALICIA"
Rowing Skiff - 5 Planks
Length 12 '
Beam 3' 3''
mid section approx 13"
Weight Approx 45lbs
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Fisher Design designed the boat and I chose her for her practicality and her elegant
lines. Taking into account the amount of portage [carrying around locks] required,
she needs to be as light as possible and by building her myself I could make her
as light as possible by using thinner ply. I also wanted a pretty boat.
cut and scarfed.
Selway Fisher 12ft Thames Rowing Skiff is modelled on the traditional Thames river
skiffs. She is lightweight with a moderately low beam requiring the use of outriggers.
She has an elegant wine glass shaped transom and a raking bow.
design build uses the stitch and tape method of construction. By using 4mm marine
plywood, I have been able to keep the weight to an absolute minimum [approx 45lbs].
to take shape
I had cut out the hull panel shapes, I stitched them with wire, taped them with
fibreglass tape and finally bonded the panels together with epoxy adhesives. This
creates the boat shape and the finishing involves sanding, filling, varnishing
form hull shape
started building "Alicia" on Christmas Eve 2002 and she is due to be completed
by 13th April.
wired to hull
completed, I will assemble and fit a sliding rowing seat from Chippendale Craft,
this is a plywood box with tracks for a wooden seat and an adjustable foot rest.
The assembly should improve the performance of the boat significantly.
and thwart supports
stainless steel outriggers, which have been specifically made for "Alicia" by
EH Hassell &. Sons Ltd, Mechanical, Diesel & Structural Engineers, from Trentham,
Stoke on Trent.
oars will be of a traditional spoon type blade, generously provided by John Murray&
Son Butcher and Game Dealer from Loxwood. As I am currently not sure of the actual
length required yet, Guildford rowing club will be kindly lending me a pair in
order to set the boat up.
and fairing boa
have lost count of the hours I have spent building my boat and boring my friends
with tales of her construction but I have enjoyed the exercise as much as I imagined
and I am now looking forward to putting her on the water and setting off on our
ready for top coat.