"Ida", my 10ft o'keel Whilly Boat

Home Construction Testing Douarnenez Arcachon Fouras Cerebère

Masclat 1998.
Having read Adrian Osler's "The Shetland Boat", I drew up some plans (on a cigarette packet !) for a 10ft of keel whilly boat with a slightly flatter cross section than in the book.

A local saw yard had some huge fairly knot free pine logs (from Auvergne), I therefore ordered a 7 metre length, cut into planks 13mm thick, with the center of the baulk at 70mm for the keel, stem, stern and oars.

I decided to make Ida in the next door neighbours barn and set up the main support for the construction on the wooden floor of the tabacco drying area, very warm in summer!

The keel was set up for testing the jig. The stem, stern and keel were then assembled, glued and nailed.

The planks, hand planed on the outside, were made up of either 2 or 3 parts, scarfed, glued and nailed together (I used galvanised large headed nails used for roofing, wrought iron hand made nails being out of the question). They were then assembled around 2 jigs screwed temporarily to the keel instead of using the traditional method of holding the planks in place during nailing with large wedged clamps. (Quicker and simpler for a first effort at clinker building. I used a non setting mastic between the planks instead of oil imbibed wool material).

The last plank nailed and the internal fittings in place and the hull is ready for sanding off the sharp edges.

The hull after stopping the knots and a coat of varnish. (Originally the boat would have been oiled to start with).    > Testing