Making the oars

This is a short, scruffy video about the making of our oars. It is not for beginners as it makes several assumptions about basic woodworking techniques. I used several tools that may not be familiar to beginners such as Chalk Line (for marking a perfectly straight 14ft cut line), Spar Gauge, Power Plane, Belt Sander and Palm Sander … I recommend Google and YouTube for detailed advice about these. Enjoy!

Making the oars (video)

The prettying-up starts at last!

The oars are being build off-site so that we could clean the workshop and start the painting. For the technophiles, we are using International Woodskin for the gunwales and other bright-work, alkyd primer/undercoat then silicon/alkyd marine enamel topcoat outside and acrylic eggshell inside. the seats (or ‘thwarts’) are coated with Teak Oil – gives a bit of protection, shows off the grain of the Larch and gives a matt, non-slip finish. The blade of the rudder has been painted with epoxy resin for protection. The colour scheme … well, you’ll have to wait until the launch on the 11th April.20150227_112240 20150227_112140 20150227_112149 20150227_112309

Coming along nicely

We’re making good progress with building Lynn Réwet (adopted name of our first boat) and can see clear signs of the finished article.



The thwarts and their supports are cut and in place, the steering gear – rudder and tiller – are well advanced, we have a cox’s seat and a cuddy in construction.
There’s still a lengthy to-do list, but the end’s on the horizon.

Launch date – Saturday 11th April

The launch of our first skiff was announced at last night’s AGM as Saturday 11th April from the Public Slip behind the Corn Exchange in Kings Lynn. We also have a couple of changes to our committee (see ‘About KLCRC’ page) and firmed up our future membership arrangements and fees (see Contact/Join us)


Breasthooks & gunwales

The gunwales are taking some work; this is a picture of a ‘breast hook’; the gunwale will be ‘open’, that is we fixed the ‘Out-wale’ so that it caps the last plank (Sheerstrake), then glue spacers along the inside ready to accept the final ‘In-wale’. When fabricated, we plane and sand fair, fix the oar pads (Rouths) and then router round edges on the whole to make it easy on the eye and the hands.


Breast hook



temporary Kabe to ensure correct spacing


finished gunwale

Question: How many clamps do you need to put a gunwale on a St Ayles skiff? - Answer: Every one in your workshop plus another 3!

Question: How many clamps do you need to put a gunwale on a St Ayles skiff? – Answer: Every one in your workshop plus another 3!