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    Hi

    The Portobello skiffs went out to see how they performed in the surf at the weekend. Unfortunately the photos are only on Facebook, so I can't embed them in this post:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=1a8d1c5bdc

    I wasn't there, so can't give a first hand account, but I believe everyone was very pleased with how the boats behaved given the conditions.

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    Do these guys look pumped or what.

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    Front and rear sand trolley.

    Pics from Facebook.
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    Great pics KP. That bow shot in the 2nd last pic above is a sweet one indeed!
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    Great pics. Looks like a few drops of water may have made their way into the boat. Hope the crew didn't get wet.


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    I LOVE these pics!!! Awesome!
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    Row Hard! No excuses!

    That takes some balls.
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    Default Re: St Ayles Coastal Rowing Skiffs in the surf

    Looks a wee bity moist.

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    Looks like GREAT fun!

    Having just had emergency gall bladder surgery - I was forced to turn down an invitation to crew on one of the local St. Ayles Skiffs. I knew I was on the list, and it really pained me to have to refuse (but not as bad as ripping the stitches out would have pained me <sigh>). They assure me they'll call again after I recover. I'm very much looking forward to it.
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    Default Re: St Ayles Coastal Rowing Skiffs in the surf

    They race those big Monomoy whaleboats here, but not in the surf! Now if we had a fleet of St. Ayles's, and finals day was Berkeley-Alcatraz-Berkeley on a big-ebb July afternoon...

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    Strongly advocating that my local OARSS club trade in one of the old gigs for a fresh and minty new double-ender. Just sayin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailoar View Post
    They race those big Monomoy whaleboats here, but not in the surf! Now if we had a fleet of St. Ayles's, and finals day was Berkeley-Alcatraz-Berkeley on a big-ebb July afternoon...
    We'd never race in those conditions; and this is above the upper end of what we'd normally head out in, though we often launch through surf (no harbour).

    This outing was more of a trial to see how the boats performed in these conditions. Hence buoyancy aids rather than the usual inflating life jackets, and in one case a kayak helmet.
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    Default Re: St Ayles Coastal Rowing Skiffs in the surf

    Is one of the crew (second from the bow) wearing a black crash helmet?
    That kind of rowing is too rough for me.

    This here is my upper limit for "surf".

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    First St Ayles Skiff launched in New Zealand. Beautifully finished. Hull planking looks somewhat richer than the UK ocume kits. Anyone know what materials were used?

    http://nzcoastalrowing.org







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    The grain looks crazy enough to be sapele.

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    Default Re: St Ayles Coastal Rowing Skiffs in the surf

    That looks fun!

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    I like the beach dollies, too.
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    That's choppy for Portobello.

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    Default Re: St Ayles Coastal Rowing Skiffs in the surf

    I saw the first NZ boats in the Cloud event centre when the tall ships were here a couple of weeks ago, I'm pretty sure the blurb attached to the boat said the kit was provided by Jordans.

    Here's their blog: http://nzcoastalrowing.org/
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    Super video on building St Ayles Skiffs in Tasmania.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-2...nities/5112348

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    wicked awesome! what a wild rid in the bow seat! fairly sedate if a little wet in the stern.

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    Do people with St Ayles skiffs take them out to fish from them at all? Anybody also using them as workboats for lobsters or line fishing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyhavenpotterer View Post
    Do people with St Ayles skiffs take them out to fish from them at all? Anybody also using them as workboats for lobsters or line fishing?
    I doubt it, eventhough that is how the prototypes were used. You will have to wait a few years for them to come onto the second hand matket.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyhavenpotterer View Post
    First St Ayles Skiff launched in New Zealand. Beautifully finished. Hull planking looks somewhat richer than the UK ocume kits. Anyone know what materials were used?









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    That one was put together by Mark Robinson at the Wooden Boat Building School at Hobsonville before it closed. He's working on a boat just across the pier from me - I'll try to remember to ask him about the wood.

    In the video they're heading up to join the Classic Yacht Assn's Launch Division at the Riverhead pub - you can see some of the fleet towards the end. Early in the video Mark is the snowy headed bloke rowing second oar; later on he's sitting aft steering. They look to be doing pretty well for a scratch crew, though I note not quite as much energy being expended later in the vid . I've done that row a few times myself - by the time you get to Riverhead you've about earned your beer.
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    Default Re: St Ayles Coastal Rowing Skiffs in the surf

    Being designed for 4 extra people, it would take some weight and instead of one person sat in the stern, I wonder if you could actually have it remain pretty balanced with an outboard in the stern instead and traps aboard etc. Must be an efficient non planing hull shape and so only need a low hp engine. Would be dry and ride swell. Maybe too tippy: the sections are pretty semi circular, only seen one at Beale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keyhavenpotterer View Post
    Being designed for 4 extra people, it would take some weight and instead of one person sat in the stern, I wonder if you could actually have it remain pretty balanced with an outboard in the stern instead and traps aboard etc. Must be an efficient non planing hull shape and so only need a low hp engine. Would be dry and ride swell. Maybe too tippy: the sections are pretty semi circular, only seen one at Beale.
    I would put a small inboard in like this
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyhavenpotterer View Post
    Do people with St Ayles skiffs take them out to fish from them at all? Anybody also using them as workboats for lobsters or line fishing?
    Yes. At Portobello, Edinburgh people take them out for fishing - usually for mackerel, and some one tried using a creel, but I don't know if they ever got any crab or lobster.
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    Thanks Osbert, and Nick we have an almost new super little Farymann 7hp single diesel in my garage!

    http://www.farymann.de/en/18WMarine.aspx



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    Quote Originally Posted by keyhavenpotterer View Post
    First St Ayles Skiff launched in New Zealand. Beautifully finished. Hull planking looks somewhat richer than the UK ocume kits. Anyone know what materials were used?
    Planking is Gaboon ply
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    News that numbers are now over 150 kits http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/201...er-150-skiffs/

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    It's great to see this fleet growing..thanks for posting the pics KHP. I was talking to Alec Jordan back in January and he was prompting me to pass the word around the harbours on the Moray Firth, but I don't think he needs much advertising now because he's selling kits hand over fist, and the skiffs are springing up like weeds.
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