Lugger on the starboard bow…
Small improvements! Docking and anchoring. That ring will need to weather a bit though, way too shiny!
Bailing the boats on a soft day. Weather hasn’t been great since they went in, did manage to get out for one short evening sail though.
If you have been following this blog for a long time, you will already have been introduced to the model of the Richard Hall. She is a mackerel drifter, built by the Thullier brothers in Kinsale, County Cork. These drifters were an evolution of the Kinsale Hooker, taking in influences from the visiting Nickey and Nobby style mackerel drifters in terms of rig and hull form, while retaining the counter stern of the hookers.
I was on the National Library of Ireland website the other day and I discovered that you can zoom in on the Fergus O’Connor collection photographs which have incredibly high resolution. So I zoomed in on the photo of Union Hall pier taken between 1900-1920 above, and low and behold there was S. 272, the Richard Hall moored beyond the pier. It is great to see her in the flesh in a port that she was supposed to have been based for a while. For the zoomable version go here: http://goo.gl/TxpZvA
The model itself has been scanned by the Traditional Boats of Ireland project, so her lines will be available for study and download here eventually: www.tradboats.ie. A half model of her sister ship the Water Nymph has been scanned and linesplan produced, here: http://goo.gl/fjfxe7.
Some more info has come to light since I first posted her picture:
“She was launched in March 1886 under the instruction of Sir Thomas Brady prominent in the development of fisheries at the time. She was planned for use off the Galway coast. She was a fine boat of 45 foot ‘length of keel’ and 15foot beam built of red pine on oak. She had fine accommodation for 8. The boat led to further commissions for the Thuilliers who received the congratulations of the Harbour Board and apparently favourable comment from no less then the Bishop of Galway.”
Some of you may have noticed that in the above photo she is ketch rigged in the photo while the model sports a dandy rig. The photo was probably taken 15 to 35 years after she was launched, so it would not be surprising that she had changed to the easier to handle gaff ketch rig. Those long bumpkins must have been very awkward!
I’ve been making cleats over the last couple of days! They’ll be going on the inside of the gunwales to take dock - lines, tender - painters, etc. Just have to wait for some screws to arrive.
Dick from www.lodestarbooks.com sent me these pictures of his Aber ‘Teal’ that he is currently having built by Fabian Bush, www.fabianbush.com. Aber is Ilur’s slightly smaller, and dare I say prettier, sister. What a solid looking little ship she is! Dick is downsizing from 33ft yawl, which he only got to use sparingly due to a mooring constrained by tides on the east coast of England. With his new Aber, he can drive to where the tides are favourable. She will be finished in a teal green, with the sheerstrake, thwarts and floor boards oiled. I’m looking forward to seeing photos of her finished in a couple of months time!
I decided it was time to sort out my mast partner. Previously I used lashing which kept the mast up great, but made me think twice about taking the mast down. Ideally you should take the mast down every time you row the boat. It cuts the windage in half apparently. I copied the set up above off a boat on Francois Viviers website. We shall see how well it works in practice over the coming season.
Back where they belong!
Reading through my boat insurance policy, I discovered that my tender is covered too, but only if the parent vessels name is permanently displayed on it. If she is ever tied up to a pontoon, people will be wondering which yacht is An Suire!!
Le canot de Sauvetage de Port Maria, Quiberon “Alexine” devant le phare de la Teignouse aux alentours de 1910.
Gorgeous paintings of maritime scenes by Jonathan Florent, from around Brittany(mainly), Ilur’s spiritual home. If I could paint, I would paint boats!
The seat locker was always a little hard to open during damp weather(all the time!) but I could always slide it forward to get it off. That isn’t the case with the new hinges meaning it can only be lifted up. I decided to do something about it a couple of weeks ago and gave the sides a good planing. I also decided it was time for an experiment. I stripped all the varnish off and re- finished it in Deks Olje 1 and 2. I will compare it side by side with the varnish over the season. It certainly is much nicer to apply than the Hempel varnish I’ve been using up till this point. I also decided to paint the undersides to keep things tidy. I’ll do the undersides of the rest of the floorboards next winter.
Introducing Falcóg. Falcóg means Auk in Irish. Auk is the design of the boat. I’m experimenting with a new varnish, Deks Olje 1 and 2. I have been using Deks 1 an oil finish, on my floorboards, for years, and it works great. I hadn’t used Deks 2 before though. I am hoping it will be easier to maintain than varnish. It certainly is a lot easier to apply. At least she doesn’t look neglected anymore!!