Kelana's dinghy


Built as a tender for a 1946 classic McGruer sloop, this Iain Oughtred Humble Bee is probably the first to be built traditionally from larch and oak. The length of the plywood/epoxy version is a shade under 8ft, the limit for that material without scarphing. Viking Boats version is 8ft 1in, the exact length to allow it to sit on the coachroof of Kelana. The extra length draws out the shape a touch, and makes for more elegant lines, given the generous beam of the original.

  With gunwales and seat risers from Honduras mahogany (surplus from a restoration job on a Thames gig) and oak thwarts, the dinghy has a lug rig and centreboard. The tender was built by Dan Johnson at Viking Boats workshop, with spars and finishing by myself. The price, including bronze rowlocks, spars, rudder and centreboard, was £3,300.

Once again Iainís immaculate plans needed no interpolation, and only details such as the mast support, rubbing strips, bilge runners and knees were left to our imagination. The finish used two coats of UCP followed by three of Schooner varnish.

Adrian Morgan,
Burnside, 80 Strathkanaird, Ullapool, Wester Ross. IV26 2TP
Tel: +44(0)1854 666383
Mobile: 07774 843 844



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