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    Default Bristol Channel pilot cutter. Luke Powell

    Nice interview, even if you're not following this thread http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...-in-WA-(VIDEO) you should watch this.


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    Powell.

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    Default Re: Bristol Channel pilot cutter. Luke Brown

    Come along way since my last visit. I believe the forests around Gunnislake were used by the Navy in the old days for spars etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    Powell.
    I have to go to my emails now to see if I called Ms. Brown, Powell.

    I'll change it.

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    As we live just down the road, I pop along from time to time to see whats going on. The size and "heft" of the whole thing is most impressive, Its interesting to compare this with Luke' dog, a very lively miniature dachshund.

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    Default Re: Bristol Channel pilot cutter. Luke Powell

    On a point of information, not a "Bristol channel" pilot cutter. Prototype was a Falmouth pilot cutter. Rather a different animal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    On a point of information, not a "Bristol channel" pilot cutter. Prototype was a Falmouth pilot cutter. Rather a different animal.
    And whilst we strive for accuracy, the cutters used by the pilots from the Bristol Channel ports were called "skiffs" by their owners and crews.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    And whilst we strive for accuracy, the cutters used by the pilots from the Bristol Channel ports were called "skiffs" by their owners and crews.
    Always a weird twist of language for the rest of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Always a weird twist of language for the rest of us.
    Yep. I was once rewired by a friend from DTC's neck of the woods. Apparently the big heavy stem punts used to unload the stow boats and oyster dredgers on the Blackwater are also called skiffs.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    For me a ''skiff'' is a light, easily handled, probably flat bottomed dinghy of about 10 feet.
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    Default Re: Bristol Channel pilot cutter. Luke Powell

    How about a Thames rowing skiff. Varnished clinker, wicker seats, velvet cushions.picnic basket, spoon blade oars, bleached cotton steering lines. It takes all sorts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    For me a ''skiff'' is a light, easily handled, probably flat bottomed dinghy of about 10 feet.
    Ten foot is too short. You need length for easy rowing.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Bristol Channel pilot cutter. Luke Powell

    Skiff: late 15th century: from French esquif, from Italian schifo, of Germanic origin; related to ship1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Yep. I was once rewired by a friend from DTC's neck of the woods. Apparently the big heavy stem punts used to unload the stow boats and oyster dredgers on the Blackwater are also called skiffs.
    Yes; those were skiffs. On the Colne as well as the Blackwater. About twenty feet long, heavy lapstrake construction, hard bilges, flat sheer, always sculled over the stern. It's a few years since I saw one. But a Bristol Channel pilot skiff carried a thirteen foot white painted punt to boat off her owner in.

    My late father started sailing in Cornwall in the 1920s and he always called the boat that I call "the dinghy" and some others call "the tender" "the punt".

    I think this may be the prototype of what Mr Powell is building:

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