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06-09-2006, 08:18 AM

Just wanted to introduce myself and the shetland fourareen I'm restoring.

I've been in touch with the Shetland museum - we think she dates from around the time of the first world war - some of the original planks are still in place held by iron nails and roves (circular, not the older square type) still in place. She's probably west shetland (Scalloway/Walls perhaps) and has never been fitted for sail. At some point she has had a panel to take an outboard fitted to the stern, which has since been clumsily removed, but otherwise she seems completely unmodified.

She's 18'6" stem to stern, approx 12' keel.

I've had her on the water a couple of times - she leaks like a seive (as you would expect since she's been out of the water for many years), but apart from a couple of split planks most of the leakage is between the boards and along the keel.

She's out on Tiree at the moment (I'm in Edinburgh) but I'm planning to spend a couple of weeks working on her to replace the top planks, give her a good soaking, and repair the splits. I'll also need to try to tighten the roving on the planks (although this won't be possible on the iron nails) and seal along the keel.

I hope to get her back on the water this summer.

I'd love to hear from anyone that has a similar boat, and any experiences of the restoration of one of the beautiful vessels.


06-09-2006, 08:24 AM
Welcome Marty. Don't forget to bring your camera. :)


06-09-2006, 08:29 AM
Does she look like this?






A onetime Forumite named Gerry sent them to me.


06-09-2006, 09:03 AM
Hi Steve, nice to hear from you. She's much more primitive than the boat in your pics - built on three whopping frames rather than ribs. The boat in your pics looks a bit more like an orkney yoal to my inexperienced eye.

I'll post some pics here once I've figured out how to.......but there are loads of pics of similar boats if you search for fourareen on the shetland museum photo achive http://www.shetland-museum.org.uk/


John B
06-09-2006, 03:13 PM
Varangian is here in NZ FYI. 30 ft ( approx 1960's keel boat built Shetlands)

06-11-2006, 05:01 PM
Hi John - she's a bonny boat. Any idea how she's rigged?

John B
06-12-2006, 12:04 AM
I think she was cutter head from memory Marty. I spoke to the man who sailed her out here, sold her then bought her back. After that I was contacted by one of the original owners who wanted to track her down and I passed on the contacts. Since then ( say 2 years ago approx) she was sold and she went down the NZ coast to Gisborne.
got pics somewhere. I'll have a look .

John B
06-12-2006, 12:51 AM