Monday, 17 June 2013
Good Wood at Beale Park
But this ex-demo can only have taken up and be better than a new traditionally-built clinker boat, which can be expected to leak copiously when first put into the water. And the 13 grand price tag is very reasonable for a craftsman-built boat in perfect decorative condition, as far as I could see.
The boat is a copy of a Lakes skiff, built by Good Wood Boat Company in Cockermouth. The owner, reformed nuclear engineer Steve Beresford, was commissioned to make a copy of a hire boat owned by Keswick Launch on Derwentwater and provide proper plans so they could replace time-expired boats in their fleet as the need arose. The craftsmen who used to be able to do it by eye are long gone, it seems.
The outriggers are interesting - an unusual but attractive semi-circular shape with a pin for the traditional-style oar with a hole.
I didn't get a chance to row her, unfortunately, but one suspects that the oars are too short and the handles too far apart.
But that must be expected for a hire boat.