Getting the stem right was vital and we spent some time getting it right. Hidden in a secret place in the stem is a silver coin for good luck! Only the boat builders know where it is.
The placing of the first plank was a milestone. Making sure sure it was correctly placed was important as this influenced the shape of the rest of the coble. It was on again, off again – on again until we were satisfied. Then the overlapping planks of the clinker build began.
Planks were planed and shaped. Scarph were joints used to connect pieces, giving the right length.
Where necessary, our own specially created steamer (which works on a sauna engine!) was used to bend timber into shape. We certainly had our share of teething troubles getting the hang of what we were doing. – Put it down as ‘learning opportunities’!