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International 12 Foot Dinghy – Fit out complete

The fit out of our latest new build, an International 12 Foot Dinghy, is practically complete.  The photo shows her ready for tidying up prior to varnishing.

This class is superb for those who enjoy summer racing, among friends. It’s vibrant and proactive class association organises five international race events annually in different european countries, (one of these in the UK) and welcomes entrants from all over the world.

Come and see this dinghy complete at the 2013 Southampton boat show.

International 12 Foot Dinghy 100th Anniversary Regatta

We attended the 100th Anniversary Regatta of the International 12 Foot Dinghy at West Kirby Sailing Club this weekend.  The club made an excellent job of hosting the event and the class racing was superb with sailors of all ages enjoying some superb racing in quite varied conditions.

Our part built 12 Foot dinghy commission was exhibited in the club house.

I was personally delighted to be able to crew for Anglia Yacht Brokerage in their 12 Foot.  Thank you Alex!

Timbers and fastenings complete

Approximately 1600 hand peined copper rivets together with steamed green oak timbers now in place in our International 12 Foot dinghy new build.

This class has a strong stiff but light weight hull ideally suited to racing.  May be this is one reason why it was the class of choice for the olympic games in the 1920s ?

International 12 Foot Dinghy – planking complete

The photo shows the mahogany sheerstrake being fitted to our latest new build – an International 12 foot dinghy.

The planking is mainly clean white spruce with mahogany garboards, broad strakes and sheerstakes.

Her owner wants a traditional wooden boat that is light enough to launch and land without difficulty, singlehanded.  We are confident that the choice of materials used in this hull will ensure her owners delight in this respect.

Cutting a stem rabbet – International 12 foot dinghy

All our boats are hand crafted in the English Lake District. by highly skilled craftsmen using the best materials available.

Our latest 12 Foot dinghy is no exception – the picture showing the stem rabbet being cut by hand.

International 12 Foot Dinghy – Lofting complete

We have recently been commissioned to build an International 12 Foot Dinghy destined for Chichester harbour.  She is to be built according to the Dutch racing rules and conforming closely to the 1913 specification for the class.  That is, clean white spruce planking with a mahogany garboard and sheerstrake.

She is to be built as light as possible to aid launching and landing.  We are confident that when complete she will be at the minimum weight allowed in the racing rules (104kg) and one of the lightest boats in the class fleet.

Lake District Rowing Boat Complete

The Keswick Launch Company took delivery of their new 4 seat rowing boat today – the first new hire boat to join the fleet for more than 40 years.

National 18 Gets a Storage Cradle

A National 18 (Uffa Ace) has recently been treated to a cradle to prevent her from being damaged and losing her shape whilst being stored. Good Wood Boat Co. conducted a condition survey on her and subsequently, at the request of her owner, fabricated the cradle to provide support to her rockered keel and bilges.

Boat Transport

The picture shows Good Boat Company loading a National 18 for transport to our workshop in Cumbria.  The boat, built in 1947, was surveyed by us and subsequently placed in storage.