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#1 30 Jun 2020 4:14 pm

Registered: 30 Jun 2020
Posts: 2

Waterlust Sailing Canoe build in Jersey (Channel Islands)

Hi everyone,
My Dad ordered a Waterlust sailing canoe from Fyne a while back now, but I haven’t been able to start it yet because we have been very busy. However, the summer holidays have just begun so now is the time to unveil the kit and crack on!
I have never built a boat kit before but I have always enjoyed woodworking and making things, so this should definitely be a  challenge! How hard can it be....... (hopefully this doesn’t end in a burning boat Viking style funeral)
I will be doing my best to post pictures everyday I do some building just to keep a log of progress and hopefully also a good collection of memories from the very start to sailing the beautiful canoe itself.
Many thanks to fyne boats who have been really helpful in providing us with all of the kit and tools we need and ensuring that the kit arrived all neat and in one piece (well.... many pieces).
We have set up shop in a marquee for now that should do the job of keeping the rain off and stay nice and warm for when I will be applying the epoxy, but there is a lot of metal wire twisting (stitching) to get on with before I get to that stage!
Let the construction begin!
Goodbye for now,


#2 30 Jun 2020 6:10 pm

Registered: 3 Apr 2020
Posts: 89

Re: Waterlust Sailing Canoe build in Jersey (Channel Islands)

Good luck Tom! You will have a lot of fun with this.

Apart from recommending you to read Bergen Guy's build log really carefully, I recommend you to make sure your marquee is warm enough in the winter. I know you have mild winters down there and it may be ok if you have a lot of heaters, but I had to stop for several months last winter (which wasn't particularly cold here in East Anglia) whilst I insulated my garage!

One other piece of advice is to read the 'manual' really carefully and always read a couple of pages ahead of where you are. You will find that the order of work can be improved on.

My only really difficult moment was when fitting the breast hooks, and both the other builders building at the moment on this site (Bergen Guy and SP) had issues with this as well - althougfh managed better than I did! Work out a modus operandi 'dry', have plenty of clamps and remember that when epoxy glue is added everything becomes very slippery.

Once again good luck! You will find it very rewarding. Fyne Boat Kits are very supportive and helpful.


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