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topcoating with International Paint’s system followed normal practice. The accented sheerstrake really sets off the fine lines of this delightful boat.

The anticipated few days helping put a kit together turned into a fascinating five weeks. I had started in some ignorance of CNC-cut boat kits, imagining that they had little to offer an increasingly experienced scratch builder. However, over my time with Alec, I became convinced that the accuracy and simplicity of the build process makes the use of kits really worthwhile for my future efforts. A very great deal of thought has gone into producing a system in which components will go together with great precision, from the simple slotting together of the moulds to the astonishing accuracy of the planking. The resultant boat was so even in its weight distribution that it happily balanced on its narrow keel; I doubt that would happen with one of my scratch builds.

As for my downsizing dream... Well, I have a model St Ayles Skiff kit on order to keep me busy over the winter but I am so taken by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project that when I returned home and found that an Ullapool syndicate build had been proposed, I quickly put my name down for it. So it looks like I shall be building big again and actually going on the water; at least there will be four swimmers to pull me out if I get an inadvertent ducking. It should also help in reducing the effects of all those steamed puds.CONTACTSStAylesSkiffkit:JordanBoats,Orr Cottage, 8 School Wynd, East Wemyss, Kirkcaldy KY1 4RN Tel: +44 (0)1592 560162 www.jordanboats.co.ukLarch:CromartieTimber Ltd, Achterneed, Strathpeffer IV14 9AA Tel: +44 (0)1997 421013 WEST System epoxies: Wessex Resins & Adhesives Ltd, Cupernham House, Cupernham Lane, Romsey SO51 7LF Tel: +44 (0)1794 521111 www.wessex-resins.comBalcotan:MelcoBonding Supplies, Fiddler’s Green, Shop Lane, Congleton CW12 3AW Tel: +44 (0)1260 276997

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