The Reinforcements

Single-piece breasthook

Single-piece breasthook

Instead of installing a traditional two-piece breasthook at the bow we went with one used on a St Ayles skiff, another Iain Oughtred design. This single-piece breasthook is fastened under the gunwales making it much easier to fit. The aft bottom edge is chamfered to give it a lighter appearance and a hole is drilled in the centre for attaching the painter.

Stern breasthook

Stern breasthook

At the stern, we replaced the transom cleat with a variation of the forward breasthook. Fitted the same way, under the gunwales, but this time the aft edge is bevelled to meet the transom The foward bottom edge is also chamfered. Two holes are drilled to attach a lifting rope.

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Seating Arrangements

The position of the thwarts in each boat is different. My boat will primarily be rowed as a fixed seat double. A secondary setup will include the addition of a Row Wing sliding seat rigger. I have changed the layout of the seating from the drawings by moving the thwarts to stations #3 and #5. This will improve the balance of the boat for both my rowing setups. Don’s boat is being rigged for sailing so the thwarts are positioned as the designer drew them for the sailing version.

Thwarts setup for fixed seat double or single sliding seat rowing

Thwarts setup for fixed seat double or single sliding seat rowing

The sailing seat arrangement

The sailing seat arrangement

We installed the thwarts by first cutting the ends to match the bevels where they met the planking. Temporary screws driven from the outside of the hull held the thwarts in position while we fitted the seat cleats. The cleats were then glued in place, also using temporary screws through the planking. The final step was to scribe and trim the ends leaving an 1/8” gap before screwing them into the cleats.

Seat cleat

Seat cleat