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1st big milestone . . . !

March 14, 2010

A goodly crowd of forty or so foregathered at the hydroponicum ‘boatshed’ yesterday to witness a BIG milestone in the build.

And WOW ! What a sight. The Coigach Lass planked up and primed in a fetching silver-grey waiting for strong arms to turn her over; the stem and  stern beautifully curved and the keel straight and true! Ron D and Ali Beag have done a wonderful job.

Here’ s the text of a kind message sent today by Topher of the Ulla build in Ullapool.

“The Lass looks great, Ali and Ron have done a fantastic job. They should be very proud of her; the workmanship is excellent. The whole job is well ahead and must be among the front runners in Scotland.”

No shortage of volunteers to lift .            .           .






and lay her down. . . . . . . .

on a veritable sofa of cushions while the remaining moulds were removed.

Well she looked almost as bonny inside as out!

Plastic mugs, tea cups, any drinking implement to hand was charged up with a splash of fizz for any who wanted it and a wee toast went up from the crowd to the Lass and her doughty builders Ron D and Ali, not forgetting Ron R who had not only completed 5 oars but had brought along a surprise! 2 wooden, carved Coigach Lass nameplates.

But, you know, boat builders are never quite satisfied with their work. . . they are their own biggest critics… bloomin’ perfectionists!

Took the paint chart on the rounds and though some liked the silvery grey, others thought a good red would look handsome or white would look smart (but there is already a white skiff.) Anyway, finally, the consensus seemed to be a good strong blue ( not dark blue) hull with a hardwood rubbing strake on a varnished top plank, with a cream interior to lessen glare for the rowers.

Well, we can always try another colour on her another year!

John McG recommended Woodstock in Inverness for hardwood for the rubbing strake and thwarts so Ron D got right on to Donald McMillan at Woodstock and they have given us a great deal on all the hardwood we need- £50 !

Well done Woodstock for supporting this community project. Thank you!

A grand afternoon, a good crowd, good craic and generous praise from the Ulla professional contingent who came over from Ullapool laden with cakes and ale – thank you ! And thanks to to top cake-man, Ulla’s  Chris P for the photos. Cheers guys!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2010 2:27 am

    Congrats on the progress! She’s looking great. You all must be well pleased. I’m thinking I’ll post your progress on 70.8%.

    “Slainthe’ ”


  2. Jock the Sock permalink
    March 15, 2010 9:17 pm

    Congratulations to Coigach. She looks fantastic, and she looks slightly faster than Ulla. I like the look of your boat building palace.

    • Topher Dawson permalink
      March 16, 2010 8:58 pm

      Hi Jock,

      I think it must be a trick of the light which leads you to think she looks “slightly faster than Ulla”. Ulla is looking remarkably fast right now and when she gets her slotted gunwales there will be no holding her back.

      Also Jock, please note the absence in both Ulla and Coigach Lass of epoxy dribbles!

  3. March 17, 2010 9:32 am

    Hey Jock
    No trick of the light! 🙂 She will cleave through the briny like a fulmar through a gale. . . er. . that might not be the best example! We all enjoyed your turnover video! Well done to you guys, but haven’t you got a name for your girls yet?? You cant call them 001 and 002…where’s the romance in that?? Cheers and a big hello from Achiltibuie to all of you folks.

  4. Jock the Sock permalink
    March 18, 2010 8:08 pm

    Hey Lesley,

    The NB skiffies have been too busy working on the boats to finalise names. A couple of shifts with the heatgun, scraper and then sandpaper and the hull of 001 is as clean and smooth as the top of a bald pate. Law primary school have suggested 400 names (yes really) for us to choose from, and we are narrowing it down to a shortlist for the builders to discuss at enormous length in the pub. They may still be arguing about it when we get to Anstruther.
    Look forward to seeing you guys and your lovely boat,

    Jock TS

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