Thanks to everyone who contributed to my questions on here during the build of my CY.
A year or so ago many will remember the conundrum I faced on deciding to build a CY or Welsfords Pathfinder. My head said Pathfinder and I my heart said CY. I'm a logical chap and normally my head wins but not this time.
I'm really pleased with my boat choice (though I'm sure if I built the Pathfinder I'd feel the same) and the Pathfinder is clearly a capable boat. I live in Scotland and there's currently a Scottish Coastal Rowing project for which Iain O designed the St.Ayles skiff. Indeed the club I'm a member of have completed one and are building a second. The CY is a great boat for our waters.
If anyones interested (in anycase I've seen these questions asked before) here's the vital statistics...
It took me (estimated) 500 hours work. I did it in a little over a year at 3 evenings most weeks plus the odd few hours at the weekend.
My boat is workboat finish - I can live with that as I don't get upset with every scratch and scrape (as has already happened!!)
What did it cost...I reckon about £3000.... I got a cracking deal on 5ply Okoume plywood from Robbins in Bristol. You won't find many exotic hardwoods on my boat. Gunwales, thwarts etc are all Douglas Fir. I saved a huge amount of time by sending John Moody a timber list and getting him to cut/plane to size. This cost doesnt include the outboard - I already had a 2.5hp Yamaha which shoves her along nicely. I did take James McMullens advice and kit her out for rowing and while I would want to row any huge distance, it's a pleasant row to get out from the slip and I'm glad I fitted it out this way. The outboard does have it's place for me though - rowing her against the tide and wind for any distance is not my idea of fun. I built the trailer myself too. If anyones interested I'm happy to post photo's and a material list. I know some places the laws make it a bit tricky to use home built trailers on the road but in the UK it's not too bad. Patrick Selman (www.gaffsails.co.uk) did a fab job of my lug sail. I did contemplate doing it myself but I'm glad I let a pro do it. He made me a huge sailbag so I can be super lazy and just put the yard/boom/sail straight into the bag without having to set it up each time. I can be on the water in just a few minutes from arrival at the slipway.
I've been out a couple of times in the boat, once with just the outboard as there was zero wind...v.noisy!! But good practice for launch & recovery. Today I was out with a colleague for 3 hrs (who has much more sailing experience than me) and his wife andwe all had a great time. Winds were v.light and the boat made a reasonably consistent 3.5-4 knots on the gps. We saw over 5knots at one stage.
I don't have the mizzen (though I can still put it in with only minor surgery needed). I'm going to see how I get on without it first. I'm aware of the disadvantages but I was a happy chap today.
So, I'm delighted with my boat. I'll post photo's of her on the water when I get them.
I'll still be on here - I love wooden boats (the CY was my second build) and will answer questions where I can.