Lune Boat

20 Oct 2015

Project report
Here’s a copy of the final report for this project which has now been signed off by our funders in the Big Lottery.
The report show what we did, who was involved, how the money was raised and lists all the people who helped us bring the boat to it’s launch on 3 October.
 

19 Oct 2015

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7 Oct 2015

We launched our newly re-built Lune Longboat from Glenridding Sailing Centre on Ullswater on Saturday 3 October crewed by those Scouts who had put most hours into the re-build.
We were helped on the day by Martin Dooley from Character Boats-thanks very much Martin for this and all your help with the re-build.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

9 Sep 2015

We’re at the point where we’re ready to rig up the boat prior to launch.
Here you can see the mast stepped and held with its new shrouds, tensioned by traditional lanyards. Not so traditional in our case as the lanyards are Spectra aramid line instead of traditional hemp. We’ve raised the jib from the mast to the bowsprit.
 

9 Sep 2015

We’ve fitted the new gammon iron and bowsprit to the bow of the Longboat.
Here you can see a Scout making the final adjustments.
The bowsprit carries the jib with its roller furling assembly the chain acts both to stabilise the sprit and as a cutwater whilst sailing. Our jib has a modification in that it can be shipped inboard on the move which our sailing adviser says reduces the risk of “impaling incidents” from less experienced helms.

9 Sep 2015

The Longboat is based on traditional designed craft and the halyards-the ropes that raise the sails-are fastened off traditionally with ash belaying pins.
A supply of ash was available as a by product of the Group’s ransacking of a local scrapyard for stainless steel sections. A well known tool manufacturer disposes of its scrap there, including ash tool handles which are out of specification.
These have been lathe turned into belaying pins by Roy a neighbour from Upholland. We need 4 pins to rig the boat but Roy made us 6 and …

9 Sep 2015

At the edge of the new deck is a curved section  or covering board. This is shaped with a flexible soled plane known as a compass plane. “An old school friend of mine worked in Crank and Burtons builders merchants in Wigan when it was closed down to redevelop the town centre in the early 1970’s” John Lechmere told this blog. “He sold me the plane on the last day of the merchants and told me I’d never find a use for it-how wrong he was!”
 

25 Aug 2015

The Longboat is being fitted out. here you can see Scouts, installing new drain sockets and bungs, hand finishing the newly re-galvanised rowlock sockets and rowlocks.
Also shown is  making the wooden plugs to fill the deck screw holes and fitting hanks to the staysail. These allow the staysail luff to be fixed with sliding hanks to the forestay.
the last picture shows the parrel beads being threaded onto the new boom saddle.
 

25 Aug 2015

When found the Longboat had only been rigged as a sloop. That is with only one jib or front sail. Its new cutter rig needs a second flying jib as well as a staysail. the jib needs to be carried outboard on a bowsprit. the bowsprit needs fixing to the boat deck and the Longboat needs this new deck installing.
Here Max is finishing off the new deck planks. these are made of a traditional boat building timber Iroko, a substitute for Teak also known as African Teak or Irish Teak. …

25 Aug 2015

Where the new mast fits into the mast gate on the second thwart it needs to be protected with a leather sleeve.
Here our Quartermaster can be seen fixing the hide in position. ” I new how to do this because I’d done it before on rowing boat oars where they pass through the rowlocks or thole pins.”
The leather is soaked and then sewn in position with a blanket stitch. When the leather dries out it shrinks back to size and makes a snug fit. This stops the mast from being …