Peter Bromwich
These are the postings made on the origional blog as I built the boat in 2012.

Blog postings

Posted by Mark Sun, February 12, 2012 14:53:42

Now LB, IF we have cleared the garage, surely you can move the lounge into the garage, giving you the space you need in the lounge to build the complete boat. It will be warm, so the glue will set correctly, Diane will be close to talk too, near the kitchen for brews, you can check the boat in the middle of the night without having to go outside! Might be advisable to put paper down over the carpet! Just means Kat and Chris will have to sit in the garage to watch the hardship at all! Also where is the "Big Pete" and your Buckley blood legacy, build it in the front lounge, and knock the front wall down to get it out!! Brilliant project..........go for it! BB


Posted by Peter Bromwich Sun, February 12, 2012 17:16:47

BB Its was a consideration. How many times do we use the living room after all? The patio doors give perfect access when the boat was finished! LB


Posted by Mark Mon, February 13, 2012 15:58:43


Ah but then how do you get the boat down the side passage!!! Big crane over the top of the house?? GOT to be the living room...................sorted!!!! Later on you can sit in the boat and watch the telly, with a peice of sandpaper in your hand rubbing away..............and WARM!! Good job though..............!


Posted by Jeremy R Thu, February 16, 2012 19:23:30


Peter. Glad that you went ahead with it and also glad that our experience at the BBA was useful. Keep on planing and sanding!


Posted by Peter Bromwich Thu, February 16, 2012 19:27:15


Jerry Thanks, had a good day at it again today, ready for epoxy tomorrow! Pete


Posted by Mark Wed, February 15, 2012 03:35:16


Coming on really fast, quite a few hours work there me thinks!!! Going for the launch this weekend??? As a bit chilly, some boat building accessories on there way!! BB


Posted by Peter Bromwich Wed, February 15, 2012 11:03:58


That was the really fast bit, still has gaps about 10mm between the planks and not stability! The next bit will take a few days I think. If we wanted to use it next week I recon we wpould want dry suits and thermals! LB


Posted by Peter Bromwich Thu, February 16, 2012 10:48:31


What do you mean have I given up work, what is this then, play time! No, just having a week off at home for a nice change. Yes, will have my heart in my hands when I clip off the cable ties, another reason for shaping the planks rather than just brute force. However apparently the epoxy will be the strongest part of the boat, so yes, hopefully it will hold...


Posted by Mark Thu, February 16, 2012 10:07:56

and the epoxy on it's own will be strong enough to hold all the planks together?? Leave the bloody cable ties, bit embarrasing if there is a 'twang' and the bow plank goes straight!!! Looking good though..........have you given up work????


Posted by Mark Fri, February 17, 2012 06:36:52


Oh no I was thinking the twang was just as you were paddling through "ladies bridge". NOW is there money in making 'custom' boats?? Beats working!! Oh sorry it IS work!


Posted by Mark Fri, February 17, 2012 06:39:37


Pete you look to cramped mate, still not too late to move it into the lounge! Just take out the front window and it's in. Need to get that worked out ready for the 30ft catamarang.


Posted by Peter Bromwich Fri, February 17, 2012 09:16:24


Cat is too big and wide, 20ft pocket cruiser no problem!


Posted by Mark Mon, February 20, 2012 05:51:35


Ah but Pete if Dad was helping by now he would have stood in the tray containing the epoxy at least twice and be wearing 'ski shoes'. Also I dare say his tie would be a permanent feature somewhere on the bow, as he would have epoxied that in for you with an "Oh dear old chap I seem to be stuck" !! It’s not a greenhouse and you couldn’t have made him stand in the corner ALL day, again, just watching!! Yes he would have had a fantastic time.......................but you would not be 'relaxed'!


Posted by Peter Bromwich Mon, February 20, 2012 20:02:52


You do make a very good point, I would have made a fortune in bets, like the time I said you had to put £1 in the beer kitty if you trod on the seed box the old chap insisted we put all the screws in when we were putting up a greenhouse. After 5 minutes I had to stop because he had done it 5 times, chucked the screws all over the mud floor and trodden them in so may times we were going to get really short of screws!


Posted by Gavin Atkin Tue, June 05, 2012 00:06:16


Do you know boat builders are supposed to have a moaning chair next to their project? One where they go and sit and moan when things go wrong? Good luck with the rest fella! G


Posted by Mark Tue, June 05, 2012 05:45:55


Coming along nicely Bruv! Yes Ii have a jar of 'hogwarts snot' at home as well, although I have never opened mine, and cannot tell you if it tastes of lemon curd or not..... I mean supposing it didn't! Pembury lodge, now that brings back a whole heap of memories, not least was the old cooker in the back that Keith, who was 3 at the time, had to "visit" every time we went there...."Daarrar Granddad" at least it Killed all the weeds! That will teach dad to show Keith that boys do not need a toilet! What about when Mum came out of hospital, and we had spent the whole weekend clearing the front of the house, and laying turf, so she came home to a garden, instead of as building site! I think that is the only time I have ever done any gardening....ever! So boatie coming along, and I must admit you are doing an excellent job. I do agree with Di, IF you had finished it, you could have gone up the Thames on Saturday! Mind you 8 hours in the cold and thinks watching from inside the pub was a far better idea! I saw Charles Speech, very good, and only the British would give 3 cheers at the end, BRILLIANT! A tear to a glass eye. The whole Jubilee looked fantastic, and for once the British were proud to be just that.......British. As for the 'old couple' standing all day on Saturday, at 86 and 91!! Shame I missed the most of it, was busy offloading another million barrels to a 'passing tanker! One of Phillips country men! Anyway keep up the good work, and do not forget to send a photo of the bow properly trimmed and rounded OK!


Posted by Tinkie Fri, June 08, 2012 00:31:48


Well Sweetie, I am so happy you were able to fit a little bird house in the end of the canoe so we can have birdsong accompanying us when we are paddling down the Kennet and Avon on the maiden voyage.


Posted by Mark Fri, June 08, 2012 13:26:18


What a cunning stunt! It is looking good though, and a job well done! Enjoy your sail, at least with a force 9 you will be going at a decent speed!


Posted by Mark Fri, June 08, 2012 13:28:34


Ahh OK NOW I see the birdhouse, very nice, just make sure it's not a woodpecker!


Posted by Brad Thu, June 14, 2012 22:59:12


I have become hook! Looking good!


Posted by mark Mon, June 25, 2012 06:50:54


Very nice job Bruv, and looks excellent. Just rememeber to let the varnish dry before you sit in it, otherwisde you might end up giving yourself a "Brazilian"


Posted by willowbayboy Mon, June 25, 2012 08:57:08


Nice job Peter - you have made more use of the Lyme course than I have!. Regarding storage, could you pull it up to the garage roof with a couple of rope loops? Jeremy


Posted by Peter Bromwich Mon, June 25, 2012 23:25:35


Thanks guys, storage is going to be easy, the garage! Good idea about the ropes, thinking about how to winch it up easily and safely out the way. Mark - shame you did not mention that earlier...knowledge is sometime gained 3 seconds after you really needed it.


Posted by Mark Sat, June 30, 2012 17:19:20


Looks bloody brilliant sir you have done an excellent job. As for this blind man, maybe he should get him a shorter stick and then maybe he will not keep knocking your boat off it's perch as he runs through. Remember experience is something you can one minute after you needed it..................DON'T put the clamps on one side!!! JUST a comment. Those seats look nice and comfortable BUT do you remember when we went out one evening with Robin and we had a go in his canoe, and we sat in the seats. Our center of gravity was too high, and over we went. We had to sit in the bottom of the boat! JUST a comment! Good luck tomorrow, and hope the weather is good, ENJOY the fruits of your labour!! BB p.s. the grass needs cutting!


Posted by Jeremy Mon, July 02, 2012 08:21:44


She looks fine on the water - Well Done! Congratulations on completing your first home build, you have my admiration for doing something that I have consistently chickened out of. What next eh?


Posted by Peter Bromwich Mon, July 02, 2012 19:49:17

Thanks Jeremy, not sure what is next. Maybe a nice 14ft sailing dinghy? or a small rowing boat? not a "shilling" yet, but very tempted!


Posted by Peter Bromwich Mon, July 02, 2012 19:51:26


Its nearly there despite the blind man knocking it off its perch as he runs for his life through the garage! You will see from the launch photos we did listen and learn! LB


Posted by Jeremy Sat, September 22, 2012 23:04:46


Well done Peter. it looks very good and I am sure that you will go on to bigger things. Glad the cabinet scraper rushed tutorial was of use.


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