1st big milestone . . . !
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.
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!