The boatbuilding workshop

On Saturday several of us had our first visit to the Portobello boatbuilding workshop. It’s not nearly as grand as the Newhaven skiff building palace – but it’s local, dry and big enough.Nick and Andrew had already built the building frame and cut out all the parts of the kit.

We started fixing the moulds – over which the boat will be built – to the frame.

An hour later all the moulds were temporarily fixed – they still need to be carefully levelled and screwed. This picture was supposed to show all the moulds in place – but Andrew insisted on an action shot.


Builders and rowers get together…

Down at the Beach House the Portobello boatbuilders and rowers got together for the first planning meeting. Lots of enthusiasm and commitment with actions agreed to ensure the project really takes off and involves people and groups across Portobello.The project will be officially launched in the New Year, but one thing’s clear now – we aim launch the first Portobello boat in April or May 2010.

Stan Reeves (left)  suggests the Tollcross currach will beat our skiff when we race on the canal.

Stan Reeves from Tollcross joined us to tell us about the success of the Tollcross Boat Project which has built a currach – a traditional Irish boat. We haven’t even started building our boat, but we’ve already accepted a challenge to race against the Tollcross currach in June.