building by Loch Broom
Morgan builds and restores wooden boats at his workshop within Leckmelm
Estate’s Victorian farm buildings on the shores of Loch Broom. Leckmelm
is 50 miles (one-hour drive) from Inverness and five miles from Ullapool,
The boats are built from locally sourced larch on oak to original 1930s plans, and to their owners’ requirements.
All double enders can be built as sailing dinghies with or without rowing positions. For rowing only 12ft (3.6m) to 16ft (4.9m) is ideal.
Sailing dinghies have a galvanised steel centreboard and can be gunter-, lug- or bermuda- rigged. The 12ft sailing dinghy is ideal to sail with one or two people; the 18ft with up to four people.
The boats tow easily behind a car and can be launched from a trailer by two/three people.
The choice of sail and mast maker is up to you, as is the degree to which you want the hull to be finished – you can reduce the cost of your boat by electing to make and fit the thwarts, rudder, centreboard and/or tiller and by completing the painting/varnishing.
Laid up at Leckmelm: The 18ft Felicity John and the 12ft Spiggy
Felicity John & Florence Oliver - The Brower Project - Kelana’s dinghy - Gig Restored - Florence Oliver at Beale Park - Faering Project
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