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In 2011 some 4 years since the Nutshell was completed I turned my attention to building a new boat.  This time it was an Oughtred design, the Guillemot.  I have always had a soft spot for his boats and my desire to create something larger than the Nutshell (to take two people with comfort) and smaller than the Navigator (to ease the handling and launching) led me to this design.

It had its maiden voyage on 8th December 2012, almost 2 years since I started it.  Click here for more photos of the finished boat and its first wetting.

Masking the boat for painting internally was tedious...

Spars ready for oiling

Nearly complete.....

Floorboards are held in their sprung location by small toggles.

The beautiful sweep of the gunwale.

Initial rudder build using Classic Marine bronze pintle and gudgeons

Initial build of rudder using Kauri Pine and Spotted Gum.  The bronze-ware is from Classic Marine.

Stock removal is with a drawknife and spokeshave

Here you can see the three layers of 3/4 inch Hoop Pine which makes the 'blank'

This is the template beside the Hoop Pine stock used for the oars

The oars are done to a Peter Culler Design - 8feet long

These few pictures show various parts of the fit out, which includes:

  • Sternsheets
  • Bowsheets
  • Thwarts
  • Knees
  • Centrecase
  • Inwale with attractive looking but largley cosmetic spacing blocks






With the planking finished the lovely curves of the design are very apparent

The profile for the skeg was taken off the hull by using small pointed sticks glued to a small plank using a glue gun.  This can be laid onto the skeg stock, a light stringer pressed against the points and the line traced onto the stock.

The resulting and as yet rough cut skeg fits neatly to the profile of the hull.


A screwed clamp, at left, used for gluing the scarf joints.



Each strake is based upon a template built up from two lengths of plastic beading.  The first is clamped to the previous strake, the second is then aligned to the lower edge and small woosen sticks connect the two using a glue gun. This makes for a fairly rigid template as well as one which can be easily dismantled for the next pair of strakes.


Gluing second strake using the brilliant home grown clamps that Iain Oughtred suggests.  My initial scepticism was completely unwarranted - these really do work.  My only advice is to ensure you make 4 for every mould.  The Guillemot has 7 moulds and I am using all 28 clamps to glue each strake in place.

A temporary string and a small notched stick are used to plane the lands to the correct profile.

Moulds set up on building frame



Lining up moulds with string and keelson plank.  The string can just be seen passing through a small (16mm) hole which is located in precisley the same spot on each mould.  It can then be held tight and you can then sight along ot and check it passes through the centre of each hole.

Creating the laminated internal stem. A sheet of 12mm ply is covered in plastic, blocks are screwed onto it to form the curve of the stem and the 5mm strips of hoop pine are bent around and clamped to them.

Transom built from planks of Kauri Pine - edge jointed using biscuit joints.

The scarfing jig proved really effective, and gave perfect results everytime.  Click here to see more detail