Lofting course marks the start of new Lyme youth project

The Boat Building Academy ran a four day workshop and launched the start of local boat builder Gail McGarva’s next project – a traditional Cornish skiff for Lyme Regis Gig Club’s youth section.

The boat is based on ‘Mandarin’, the oldest surviving skiff built by prolific skiff builder John Badger.  ‘Mandarin’ was brought to the Academy and Instructor Mike Broome taught a group of six, joined for the first day by John Badger’s son Phil and including Jan Wilkins, Chair of the Cornwall Rowing Association, how to take measurements off the boat, loft (draw the boat out in full size in three dimensions) and adapt the lines so that Gail can build a new generation skiff suitable for rowing in Lyme Bay by young people under 12.

The course was funded by the Transport Trust, the national charity established to promote and encourage the preservation and restoration of Britain’s unique transport heritage in all its forms, National Historic Ships and Lyme Regis Gig Club.  Gail will start the build at the end of March and the skiff will be launched this summer.   Talking about the course Gail said, ”It was wonderful to see people engrossed in the art of lofting and a process helping to preserve the lineage of the traditional Cornish skiff.  An exciting new chapter begins for Lyme Regis Gig Club.  I look forward very much to building the new generation skiff for the young people of Lyme Regis”.