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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

You Know, It’s Almost Spring

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  1. What a beautiful vid. Anybody who's ever worked in a wood shop can just about smell the fresh materials.

    And what a gorgeous creation…..

    A question, since I'm somewhat less than nautical. Does "clinker" refer to the fact that the, uh….boards on the sides overlap somewhat? And are not some boats built with those planks butted together (and what do you call that?)

    Always eager to learn something. Thanks for putting this up.

  2. Hi Rob- Thanks for reading and commenting.

    Yes, clinker is an old-fashioned term for overlapping hull boards. Many people call that "lapstrake."

  3. Well, today I raised a roof on a 12×12 shed. Felt good because no one died. Then I sit down and watch that and while what I did today was good, it was pretty basic four-square carpentry compared to the world of compound curves. That's a good looking boat.

  4. Very first sailboat I sailed as a kid was a Mayflower style dinghy – loved that boat.

    It is interesting that the clinker built boat handed down by the Vikings resulted in a type of English coasting boat called the Norfolk Wherry which was downsized to the skiff which resulted in the Mayflower.

    The history of clinker built boats is absolutely fascinating. The oldest known example of clinker construction goes back to 350 AD (or BCE is you want to be politically correct. The various books I've read on the subject go into great lengths detailing the clinker style development as opposed to the Mediterranean style and the various discussions about carvel style vs clinker – main one being that clinker built is much safer as it can twist and flex which made the long ship much more versatile.

    Sorry, didn't mean to get carried away – boats are a life long hobby. :>)

  5. I actually shed a tear watching that. Its a fine thing. The old feller supported us for many years repairing wooden fishboats in Seattle. It all looks familiar.

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