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Lady With Good Bones Seeking Gentle Hands

March 24, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingCompanyMarineShelley's Articles

Rainbow Skiff

photo courtesy of LMS Museum.

Robert and Margaret Lawson (Ladysmith, BC) of Brisen Boatworks donated this HMCS Rainbow Skiff to the Ladysmith Maritime Society (LMS) in 2010.  She entered retirement through public auction in 1929, and since then has languished as a lady of leisure – enjoying recreational ownership until 1977.

At that point, Barry Philbrook took her over until passing her onto Robert and Margaret in 1999; having never fulfilled his dream of restoration.  As an aside, Barry built our treasured 35’ Ed Monk Sr. cruiser as a custom runabout for Owen Fowler; a means of commuting between Sidney and the Tortoise Islets (off Portland Island).  We are told this was Barry’s 3rd boat while still under apprenticeship; built at Philbrook’s & Son Boatyard (Victoria, BC) in 1957.

For the next 11 years, between Robert and John Rodd, much work was accomplished on the Rainbow Skiff; both archival information and actual restoration.  She was donated to the LMS in hope that restoration could find completion.

She is still waiting for her final make-over; task list available.  Person(s) with skill needed!!

Here’s the story.  Enjoy the read.

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UBC Sailbot Update

March 20, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingMarine

UBC-sailbotLast issue we talked about our sponsoring of the UBC Robotic Sailboat team, they are gearing up for what should be an exciting competition.

They’ve made some great strides since that issue, especially in the construction of the cold-moulded hull and their control system and routing architecture… super nerdy and we love it!

Visit ubcsailbot.org for more updates on this project.

Photo courtesy of the UBC Sailbot blog.

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UBC Robotic Sailboat “Sailbot” Sponsorship

January 20, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingMarine

We were approached to sponsor this unique boating project at UBC with some product. Dave Tiessen, Mechanical Team Lead, gave us some insight and what they want to accomplish.

UBC Sailbot is one of the most successful of UBC Engineering’s student teams. They are three time winners of the International Robotic Sailing Regatta, who are now attempting a greater feat, a challenge called “The MicroTransat”.

“The competition entails sailing an autonomous sailboat across the Atlantic completely unassisted. So far no one has succeeded in this challenge. We plan to be the first.” Says Dave.

The team has made smaller boats (2 metres in length) in the past and were made completely of carbon fibre. This time, however, the team has opted to go a different route.

“We are looking at a larger 5 m design. We are planning to build that in the cold moulded style, hence the need for marine plywood.” He supplied us a photo of the plans, but we’ll keep that hush hush for now!

Dave promises to keep us in the loop with their progress and we will follow the journey with you in our blog and newsletter. We wish them the best of luck with the build!

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Boat Building Takes The Spotlight

January 18, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingEventsMarineProducts

George Meier aboard SV Tuahine

We milled up some Fir for George earlier this year and he recently sent us these images of the hull plank replacement he did this summer on his boat using that fir! The skill of wooden boat building never ceases to amaze!


 

 3rd Douglas Sea Scouts Boating Building Projects

We donated about $500 worth of marine plywood to this local Sea Scout project. Instructor, Laurie Armstrong, kept us in the loop with the progress:

“14 Sea Scouts arrived and after a safety demonstration by Ross (tapping his glass eye with a screw driver and cutting a wrist sized soupbone on the bandsaw) the boys laid out patterns and cut all the pieces for four boats- bottom, 2 sides and 2 transoms. The hard part was keeping parents and leaders backed off so the kids could do the work. Each crew signed the bottom of what will be their boat, and so feel a sense of ownership as well as accomplishment. The adults were amazed at the dedication and focus, apparently expecting much less. Stocks are built so on Jan 4th we will continue and stitch and glue the boats together. That should give them a real boost to see the parts they cut be transformed into boats. Then it’s just gype and sand and sand and sand …… Then thwarts, knees and trim. all a success so far.”

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Jan’s Day Off: ‘Dulwen’ Gets a Makeover

September 25, 2013 Jan Nielsen Boat BuildingJan's Day OffMarine

Jan & Shelley’s 1957 Ed Monk custom power cruiser built by Philbrook’s Boat Yard; at that time located in Victoria.  Living her first 55 years of life as a sleek 32’ in length; she now offers 35’ of zoom, zoom, zoom.

With Shelley’s approval, “Dulwen” got a makeover – cold moulding  2 layers of Edge Grain Red Cedar 1/4″ veneer x 6″  with epoxy glue to the bottom side and up to the top of the boot line!  Back in the water, she floated 2″ higher, gained almost 2 knots at the same RPM and generated a 20% fuel saving by lengthening the hull. And when under way,  no longer needed the assist of the swim tabs to balance the hull.

Check out the photos to see a visual of how it was done. If anyone is thinking about doing this to their boat, I would be happy to answer any questions.

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Pender Island, BC – A Hotbed for Wood Enthusiasts

September 25, 2013 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingBoat BuildingMarine

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This summer, Jan and I have spent a number of days boating our local waters on Dulwen.  We became reacquainted with Pender and Saturna Islands.  Pender offered a couple of interesting venues for the boaters and woodworkers alike.

Firstly there was the first ever Hope Bay Boat Fest in June. This event was a great opportunity for wooden boat aficionados.  Stay tuned for 2014, it will only be better and West Wind hopes to be involved.

Secondly, the Fall Fair in August offered a slice of old country style farm fun.  Congratulations to customers, David MacKenzie and Sergei Petrov for their winning entries in the Wood Working Division.

 

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