The Boat


 THE BOAT


The Boat is in the process of being self-built; I hope to incorporate most of the boat expense myself by building and kitting out where possible.
The boat is based on a 4 man racing skiff hull design with conversion into a single ocean rower. I have consulted with a naval architect and the original skiff designer who are happy with the conversion.

The boat has a forward cabin for storage and an aft cabin which will be my living quarters for my time at sea, as well as housing my communication and navigation equipment. This is also where I will seek refuge when the weather becomes too rough to row.

She has 19 watertight honeycomb compartments built into the hull which provide more storage space but most importantly 4 central compartments and at the lowest point this is where I shall store my bottled water ballast, which will also double as my emergency water supply in the event of my solar powered water maker breaking down. Having enough ballast combined with the air pockets created in the Fwd and Aft compartments is vital for the boat as she is designed to be self-righting in the event of capsize. The boat should be virtually unsinkable even in the event of damage; I have also incorporated collision void compartments in both fwd and aft areas as extra precaution. Once build complete i will have to do an immersion/roll test to make sure self-righting characteristics are correct.

I had planned to name my boat “Sleipnir” (the 8 legged horse).This 8 legged horse was legendary for his strength, courage and speed. It is believed that Sleipnir was not only the fastest horse, but exceptionally smooth and that he could be ridden over the sea and through the air, which is where he got his name, the meaning of which is “smooth” or “gliding”. The name might have to change depends on sponsorship!!!   I have also incorporated a horse figurehead (from a tree in my garden) to the forward stem to give a Norwegian Viking look.


BUILDING STEPS


1) WORK TABLE
1) WORK TABLE
2) STEM TEMPLATES (recycled giant jenga!)
2) STEM TEMPLATES (recycled giant jenga!)
3) AFT STEM TEMPLATES
3) AFT STEM TEMPLATES
4) FRAME 2 CLAMPED
4) FRAME 2 CLAMPED
5) FIRST PLANKS SCARFED AND EXPOXIED
5) FIRST PLANKS SCARFED AND EXPOXIED
6) OUTER STEM- INNER COVERED IN TAPE AS TEMPLATE
6) OUTER STEM- INNER COVERED IN TAPE AS TEMPLATE
7) SCARFF HOG
7) SCARFF HOG
8) SHAPE HOG
8) SHAPE HOG
9) LOOKING AFT ALONG HOG LAND AREA
9) LOOKING AFT ALONG HOG LAND AREA
10) FIRST PORT PLANK CLAMPED
10) FIRST PORT PLANK CLAMPED
11) STARB PLANK DRY RUN
11) STARB PLANK DRY RUN
12) SECOND PORT PLANK WEDGED WITH PACKERS
12) SECOND PORT PLANK WEDGED WITH PACKERS
13) SECOND STARB PLANK WEDGED AND PACKED
13) SECOND STARB PLANK WEDGED AND PACKED
14) THIRD PORT PLANK WEDGED AND PACKED
14) THIRD PORT PLANK WEDGED AND PACKED
15) 4 PORT 3 STARB LOOKING AFT
15) 4 PORT 3 STARB LOOKING AFT
16) FITFH PLANK
16) FIFTH PLANK
17) FWD STEM FIXING
17) FWD STEM FIXING
18) STEM FIXING
18) STEM FIXING

19) KEEL TO STEM SKARFF JOINT

20) SKARFF KEEL
20) SKARFF KEEL
21) AFT VARNISHED 10 COATS AND S.STEEL KEELSTRAP
21) AFT VARNISHED 10 COATS AND S.STEEL KEELSTRAP
22) KEEL FIXED
22) KEEL FIXED
23) TURNED OVER
23) TURNED OVER
24) GUNNEL FIXING
24) GUNNEL FIXING
25) STARB GUNNEL DONE
25) STARB GUNNEL DONE
26) SLEIPNIR FIGURE HEAD BEFORE
26) SLEIPNIR FIGURE HEAD BEFORE
27) SLEIPNIR AFTER (FIXED TO FWD STEM)
27) SLEIPNIR AFTER (FIXED TO FWD STEM)
28) BOAT IN SHED
28) BOAT IN SHED
29) NEW FRAMES AND LONGITUDINALS
29) NEW FRAMES AND LONGITUDINALS
30) DECKING AND HATCHES SET-UP
30) DECKING AND HATCHES SET-UP
31) FULL DECK AND CUTOUTS
31) FULL DECK AND CUTOUTS
32) AFT-STARB
32) AFT-STARB
33) FRONT OF ACCOMODATION FRAMEWORK
33) FRONT OF ACCOMODATION FRAMEWORK
34) SEAT LOOKING FWD FROM STRB-SIDE
34) SEAT LOOKING FWD FROM STRB-SIDE
35) SEAT LOOKING AFT FROM STARB-SIDE
35) SEAT LOOKING AFT FROM STARB-SIDE
36) LOOKING AFT FROM FWD
36) LOOKING AFT FROM FWD
37) STARB SIDE FRAMEWORK
37) STARB SIDE FRAMEWORK
38) LOOKING AFT FROM STARBSIDE FRAMEWORK
38) LOOKING AFT FROM STARBSIDE FRAMEWORK
39) 1ST PLANK OUTBOARD SIDE
39) 1ST PLANK OUTBOARD SIDE
40) AFT PLANKING INBOARD VIEW
40) AFT PLANKING INBOARD VIEW
41) AFT PLANKING OUTBOARD VIEW
41) AFT PLANKING OUTBOARD VIEW
42) AFT BULKHEAD
42) AFT BULKHEAD
43) LOOKING INTO AFT COMPARTMENT
43) LOOKING INTO AFT COMPARTMENT
44) GENERAL VIEW LOOKING AFT
44) GENERAL VIEW LOOKING AFT
45) FWD FRAMING LOOKING FWD-STARB SIDE
45) FWD FRAMING LOOKING FWD-STARB SIDE
46) FWD FRAMING FROM STARB SIDE
46) FWD FRAMING FROM STARB SIDE
47) FWD FRAMING FROM PORT SIDE
47) FWD FRAMING FROM PORT SIDE
49) FWD BULKHEAD AND 1ST STARB PLANK
49) FWD BULKHEAD AND 1ST STARB PLANK
50) FWD BULKHEAD AND 1ST PORT PLANK
50) FWD BULKHEAD AND 1ST PORT PLANK
51) FWD VIEW PORT & AMP STARB PLANKS READY FOR TOP PLANK
51) FWD VIEW PORT & AMP STARB PLANKS READY FOR TOP PLANK
52) FWD TOP PLANKING SCREWED TILL EPOXY SET
52) FWD TOP PLANKING SCREWED TILL EPOXY SET
53) FWD-STARB LOOKING AFT
53) FWD-STARB LOOKING AFT
54) LOOKING INTO FWD COMPARTMENT
54) LOOKING INTO FWD COMPARTMENT
55) GENERAL VIEW LOOKING FWD
55) GENERAL VIEW LOOKING FWD
56) FIXING PORT-SIDE GUNNEL
56) FIXING PORT-SIDE GUNNEL
57) FIXING STARB-SIDE GUNNEL
57) FIXING STARB-SIDE GUNNEL
58) GUNNEL STARB LOOKING AFT
58) GUNNEL STARB LOOKING AFT
59) GUNNEL STARB LOOKING FWD
59) GUNNEL STARB LOOKING FWD
60) STARTING RUDDER
60) STARTING RUDDER
61) RUDDER BEFORE SHAPING
61) RUDDER BEFORE SHAPING
62) EPOXY RUDDER
62) EPOXY RUDDER
63) RUDDER BOLTS STAR
63) RUDDER BOLTS STAR
61) Sanded rudder
64) SANDED RUDDER
65) ROUGH AFT FIGURE
65) ROUGH AFT FIGURE
66) AFT FIGURE HEAD PORT
66) AFT FIGURE HEAD PORT
67) AFT FIGURE HEAD STARB
67) AFT FIGURE HEAD STARB
68) AFT PORT SETUP
68) AFT PORT SETUP
69) AFT STARB SETUP
69) AFT STARB SETUP
70) AFT PAINT GLOSS
70) AFT PAINT GLOSS
71) PORT AFT PAINT
71) PORT AFT PAINT
72) STARB-AFT DROUGH CONNECTION POINT
72) STARB-AFT DROUGH CONNECTION POINT
73) STARB -FWD ANCHOR CONNECTION POINT
73) STARB -FWD ANCHOR CONNECTION POINT
74) GUNNEL ROWLOCK SUPPORT PARTS
74) GUNNEL ROWLOCK SUPPORT PARTS
75) STAINLESS STEEL ROWLOCK SUPPORTS WELDED
75) STAINLESS STEEL ROWLOCK SUPPORTS WELDED
76) PORT ROWLOCK
76) PORT ROWLOCK
77) ROWLOCK STARB
77) ROWLOCK STARB
78) BOW STARB PAINT
78) BOW STARB PAINT
79) STARB PAINTED
79) STARB PAINTED
81) MIDSHIPS VIEW
81) PLYWOOD INSERTED INTO ROUNDED  EDGE FINNISH AND HAND  GRAB CUTOUTS
82) SCUPPER
82) SCUPPER
83) STARB SCUPPERS
83) STARB SCUPPERS
84) START HOLLOW OARS
84) START HOLLOW OARS
85) INSERTS WITHIN OARS
85) INSERTS WITHIN OARS
86) bLADES BEFORE SHAPING
86) bLADES BEFORE SHAPING
87) SHAPED BLADES
87) SHAPED BLADES
88) AFTER CHAINSAW AND GRINDING
88) AFTER CHAINSAW AND GRINDING
89) BLADES
89) BLADES
90) ROUGH CUT HANDLES
90) ROUGH CUT HANDLES
91) BLADES SHAPED
91) BLADES SHAPED
92) COMPLETED OARS
92) COMPLETED OARS
93) FRONT OF FOOTPLATE
93) FRONT OF FOOTPLATE
94) SIDE VIEW STAINLESS STEEL FOOTPLATE
94) SIDE VIEW STAINLESS STEEL FOOTPLATE
95) FITTED FOOTPLATE
95) FITTED FOOTPLATE
96) SEAT AND RAILS FITTED
96) SEAT AND RAILS FITTED
97) SALTIRE DECK
97) SALTIRE DECK
98) STARB SIDE LOOKING AFT
98) STARB SIDE LOOKING AFT
99) STARB SIDE LOOKING FWD
99) STARB SIDE LOOKING FWD
100) ROLOCK PLATE AND EYEBOLTS
100) ROLOCK PLATE AND EYEBOLTS
101) DECK LOOKING FWD
101) DECK LOOKING FWD
102) DECK LOOKING AFT
102) DECK LOOKING AFT
103) BOW
103) BOW
104) STERN
104) STERN
105 End eyelet whip knot
105) END EYELET WHIP KNOT
106 Mid eyelet whip knot
106) MID EYELET WHIP KNOT
107 Bow bridle
107) BOW BRIDLE
108 Starb safety rope
108 ) STARBOARD SAFETY GRAB RAIL
109 Sling locating and lift plates
109 ) SLING LOCATION & LIFT PLATES
110 Portside steering setup
110 ) PORTSIDE STEERING SETUP
111 Starb steering setup
111 ) STARBOARD STEERING SETUP
112 Port &starb steering setup
112 ) PORT & STARBOARD STEERING SETUP
113 External deck hatches complete
113 ) EXTERNAL DECK HATCHES COMPLETE
114 Fwd hatch with vent fitted
114 ) FWD HATCH WITH VENT FITTED
115 Main aft hatch with vent fitted
115 ) MAIN AFT HATCH WITH VENT FITTED
116 Aft top hatch cut out
116 ) AFT TOP HATCH CUT OUT
117 Aft top hatch fitted
117 ) AFT TOP HATCH FITTED
119 ) Spare oar stowage brackets
119 ) SPARE OAR STOWAGE STAINLESS-STEEL BRACKETS
120 ) Oar blade bracket Aft
120 ) OAR BLADE-END BRACKET AFT
121 (Oar handle bracket Fwd
121 ) OAR HANDLE-END BRACKET FWD
122 ) Spare Oars storage doubles as handrail
122 ) SPARE OARS STOWAGE DOUBLES AS HANDRAILS
123 ) Template 1st colour blue
123 ) TEMPLATE  1st COLOUR BLUE
124 ) Template 2nd shadow colour red
124 ) TEMPLATE  2nd SHADOW COLOUR RED
125 ) Finished Fwd Name
125 ) FINISHED FWD NAME
1 boat trailer
126 ) Trailer
2 end of shed removal
127 ) End of shed removal
3 install I beam
128 ) Installing ‘I’ Beam
4 connect beam to roof
129 ) Connect beam to roof
5 beam ready for action
130 ) Beam ready for action

6 boat conected to beam trolly
131 ) Boat connected to beam trolley
7 boat on 'I' beam runway trolly
132 ) Boat on ‘I’ beam trolley
8 Aft Slinged to Manatu
133 ) Aft slinged to Manatu
9 lowered aft with manatu and fwd with chain hoist
134 ) Aft lowered with Manatu and Fwd with chain hoist
10 trailer port side
135 ) Trailer Port side
11 trailer starb side
136 ) Trailer Starboard side
12 Fix fwd stay and hand winch
137 ) Fwd stay and hand winch fitted
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138 ) Kirkaig bay background
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139 ) Starboard bow head view
15 first trailer drive
140 ) First trailer drive
water 1
141 ) First Launch
water 2
142 ) She floats !!!!
start-of-treasure-map
143 ) Start treasure map
nearly-finnished
144 ) Map nearly done
treasure-map
145 ) Gridded map at games day
franci-fundraising-at-games-day
146 ) Captain Franci fundraising
tent-pitch-at-games-day
147 ) Tent/Map funding day

148 ) Been busy studying

stainless-steel-instrument-brackets
149 ) Ariel and stainless steel instrument rail
floor-compass-positioned-at-feet
150 ) Deck  position compass
battery-positioning
151 ) battery positioning
cut-out-for-battery-recess
152 ) double battery recess
batteries-fitted-and-secured
153 ) Secured battery housing
build-up-for-solar-panels
154 ) build up for panel fixing
prep-flat-for-solar-panels
155 ) Painted solar prep area
positioning-for-solar-panels
156 ) Solar panel positioning

157)  Starboard/Aft solar panel

158)  Port solar panel

159)  Ariel-nav lights -active radar

160)  Switch board-solar controler-active radar-fire extinguisher

161)  Chartplotter-VHF/AIS/GPS-Charger points and Hand held VHF

162)  Alloy liferaft hatch

163)  Repacked and soft bag liferaft stowage

164)  New offshore flare box

165) Immersion suit

 

 

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6 thoughts on “The Boat

    1. Hi Ali a big thanks for the donation , i will try to reply to you on your email but havnt got it yet.Im back out on the deep sea aberdeen with rope access team for a week or so, hope things are fine hope to get your email,
      slainte Duncan

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  1. Hi Duncan. Your boat looks very nice. We have som of your gays her onboard in Brage to do som inspection on the rig.We are follow you on your voyage next year.Do you make some training whit the boat now as it finich and you can test it.
    All the best from Asbjørn mech. on Brage.

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    1. Hi Asbjorn, just got a few items to sort out then do an immersion/roll test to test the hatches/vents etc.Hope then to get practice rowing.Still try to do about 20Km a day offshore if i can.Still need to get solar panels -batteries -monitors then when that installed get VHF/chartplotter etc so can do some rows closer to home first.All about sponsorship so that part taking bit of time so far.Good to here from you hope all is well and say hello to the guys out there who i might know.
      Regards Duncan

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