11’3″ Beaulieu Scow – Jamie Chitty

Beaulieu scows are similar to the Solent and Lymington scows built by John Claridge. Commissioning student Jamie discussed various construction methods with John before commencing his build. Originally Jamie was planning to build a glass and foam hull, but as there are no commercially built wooden scows Jamie decided to build a cold moulded hull. The plan was to produce a modern, easily maintainable and attractive timber hull which is still competitive.

Students took the lines for this 11’3″ Beaulieu Scow from a GRP version of the hull. The cold moulded hull is constructed by laying Khaya veneers over a temporary jig and then gluing a further two layers on top to create a very stable but lightweight hull skin. The final layer of veneer was laid fore to aft, to give the appearance of a traditionally planked carvel hull. The hull was bright finished to show off the timber and planking effect. Once varnished the boat was turned over for the internal fit out which included a foredeck, side decks, centreboard case and thwarts.  The Scow has a Bermudan rig.

The Beautiful Boat Company, the business Jamie and fellow students Sam Sheppard, Sam Smith and Simon Olszowski have formed, will build Beaulieu Scows commercially.

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Main timbers used

Sapele – backbone, hog, keel, transom, fit out, thwarts

Khaya – planking and coaming

Robbins 6mm Elite marine ply

Spruce – Spars


Epifanes traditional varnish gloss

Epifanes 2pack poly gloss varnish

Epifanes 2pack poly gloss topcoat

Hempel Light Primer White


West System epoxy 105 & 205

Wessex System 200 (WRA200)


Bostik MSR Deck Caulk