Good Wood Boat Company

Traditional wooden boats

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.

Lord Birkett Memorial Race Ullswater

Good Wood Boat Co were delighted to take part in the Lord Birkett Memorial Race Ullswater, a prestigious two-day long distance race in which boats sail the full length of the lake and back.  The event was first raced in 1963 in honour of Lord Norman Birkett who died two days after making a successful speech in the House of Lords, which prevented Ullswater from becoming a reservoir.  2012 saw the 50th race, which attracted 219 entries.  The photo shows Good Woods National Redwing being put through her paces prior to the event.  On boths days, the winds were light and variable and from the North.  200+ boats on the start line across the width of the lake made a magnificent sight.  We were pleased with a creditable 48th place and thoroughly enjoyed an excellent and well organised event.  Thank you Ullswater Yacht Club.

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.

Custom Made Solid Buoyancy

Shown in the photo is an Iain Oughtred design Guillemot dinghy fitted with Good Wood Boats solid buoyancy product.  Made from tough high density lightweight foam, the blocks are fuel resistant, comply with British and European safety standards and are contoured to suit this particular 12’ traditional clinker dinghy.  The blocks have a strong tailored Weathermax® cover, strong adjustable fixing straps and resist high water pressure.  No need to inflate buoyancy bags ever again!

New Tideway Complete

Good Wood Boat Company’s latest wooden Tideway is now complete and took pride of place on our stand ant Beale Park boat Show.  The photo shows vistors admiring her copper fastened, mahogany on oak, traditional construction.

Tideways at Marconi

The Tideway Owners Association has one race meeting a year, the Tideway Challenge Trophy. This year the race was held at Marconi Sailing Club on the Blackwater, Essex.

Andante (TW1) recently repaired by Good Wood Boat and expertly sailed by David and Debbie Phillips, won all three races.

TW520 Dunlin, a Good Wood Boat Co. new build, sailed by Richard & Sylvia Colley, also achieved a creditable 3rd position.

Andante Gets New Garboards

Andante, Tideway sail number one, has recently been repaired by Good Wood Boat Co.  Andante is the Tideway that has won the Challenge Trophy more times than any other boat.  She came to Good Wood for new garboards, hog, timbers (ribs), rubbing strakes and varnish.  Good Wood Boat wishes David and Debbie Phillips ‘good starting’ for the Challenge Trophy to be held at Marconi Sailing club in a months time.

Lake District Rowing Boat Approaching Fit-out

The timbers (ribs) of Good Wood Boat latest tradtional clinker build have recently been steamed and fastened in place and so attention has turned to her fit-out.  Her layout is designed to accommodate two rowing positions and two passengers.  Check ‘Latest News’ for her progress.

Lining out a clinker boat

The backbone of our latest build – a Lake District hire fleet rowing boat is complete.  The picture shows the backbone set up on the building jig with moulds in place and lining out battons positioned.  The battons ensure the finished boat will have proportioned and fair lines to her planking.

Lofting a Lake District Rowing Boat

The lofting of our 4 seat hire rowing boat for The Keswick Launch Company is now complete and work has started on the moulds, templates and backbone components.  The lines are similar to those of one of the exisiting hire fleet boats, but with changes to better suit it to use on Derwentwater.  The plan is to have the boat on the water for the 2012 season.