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Rachel May launch in St Ives

Rachel May launch in St Ives At the end of May, we launched Rachel May. After an extensive refit including, a new centreline, reframing and some replanking, she sat quite high on her waterline and was sculled around the harbour by Ester and Phil, children of Martin Roach, St Ives boatbuilder....

Steaming in oak ribs

Steaming in oak ribs On Friday we ended the week by steaming the green oak ribs for about 20 minutes each and bending them into the clinker punt. The section of the ribs was 18/26mm. Most of them bent in successfully, largely due to the efforts of Jon Bray, Max White and Sarah Lee. Having...

New Ribs for Rachel May

New Ribs for Rachel May Today Kim called me from Cornwall Hardwood Supplies to inform me that he’d be cutting the oak for Rachel May’s ribs at 1 o’clock. The log had already been cut to length and one face cut. It looked very clean. They lifted to 650kg oak log onto the...

Rachel May

Rachel May In 1949 Martin Roach completed his apprenticeship at Tommy Thomas’s yard in St Ives with this 17′ punt. She is a lightly built clinker dinghy with larch planking and an oak centre line. She has steamed oak ribs. The rest of the structure has been replaced...

Mounts Bay Jolly Boat

Mounts Bay Jolly Boat This Mounts Bay Jolly boat is currently in dry storage and waiting for a new owner to spend some money bringing her back to her original racing condition. She has a known local history and we believe is one of the early local builds pre-dating the Uffa Fox designs....

Gerd Löhmann Dinghy

Gerd Löhmann Dinghy Gerd Lohmann allowed me to use his design to build this clinker punt. It’s build in Sapeli with iroko garboards, oak ribs and knees and copper fastened throughout.