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Soundings - Extracts of recent Articles from our Magazine

Tunnel Sterns

After the article on Juana Maria, the shallow draft double ender, in the last issue of Soundings, I began to look for more information on tunnel sterns as this seemed a possible solution to the tricky problem of powering a double ender.

I had a 1927 book on the design of Small Oil Engined vessels by Walter Pollock which had some profile drawings of a few tunnel sterned vessels and offered some rules of thumb for tunnels and I remembered that there were a few wooden boat articles on tunnel sterns and a very good article with a lines drawing in Watercraft (number 40) on Consuta the umpire launch.

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Bluestone Boat

Two phone calls a day apart. Matt's from film company– "could you build a representation of a Neolithic boat to carry a bluestone to Bristol" answer "yes certainly".

Second call was to me from chap with a blue stone same question response "why would you want to do that – there is no doubt it could be done see John Coates article on Ferriby boat" As it happens, John Coates was my boss at one time whilst working for the Darkside see http://www.ferribyboats.co.uk/reconstruction/index.html

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Using Epoxy in Traditional Construction

I have seen a teak-on ply deck laid with red lead putty as the bedding between the two, and a 5 inch diameter wooden rudder post with the blade built out with epoxy-glued sections to the back of it with no other fastenings. The rudder blade, a few days after launching, floated off down the river, unnoticed by the owner. I don't know the fate of the teak and its plywood sub deck, but I don't hold out great hopes. Mixing the old and the new can be dangerous, and if it is to be of benefit, it must be done with an understanding of how both work.

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The Boatbuilders Diary - Part 2

This week we have to move several yachts about, launch two and rig one ready to go.

First job .... get the slipway trolley out from under Tregeagle, a sweet little centre boarder we have in at the moment. She is having all her varnish work stripped bare and refinished. The mast was supposed to be re-varnished but we discovered that the bottom end, where it sits in the tabernacle, was very rotten, when one presses a finger on it water runs out! Not a good sign!!

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The Boatbuilder's Diary - ”BONITA” a Victorian Veteran

It snowed overnight, not what I was hoping for as we have to haul out a rather nice gaff yawl called "Bonita" today. She is moored in a mud berth in the next door boatyard and we have to move her up to our slipway as the tide is making. But first we must get the slipway trolley out of the work shop and onto the slipway, having first adjusted the legs to suit the beam of the vessel.

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