The Alan Chinn Award - "To reward and show appreciation to a club member for their efforts in building or restoring a wooden boat, including model boats"
I was informed by John Welsford (New Zealand designer) when I had successfully finished my first boat – “Many people think of building a boat. Many purchase plans. For every 7 plan sets I sell, 1 boat is commenced. Of those starters, only 1 in 6 eventually finish. Congratulations! You are one of that select few!”
Well, the 4 finalists selected to be considered for the inaugural “Alan Chinn Award” have all been successful in finishing their projects, and are now enjoying the fruits of their labours.
Who will win the award? The judges have made their evaluations, and the results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on 28 July 2019, but maybe you can pick a winner?
It is interesting that the 4 contenders each have a different mode of construction, with clinker (lapstrake), strip plank, carvel, and skin-on-frame construction, all being represented.
There has been a high standard set indeed, but of course the real reward is in the completion of a project and getting the looked forward to use of the end result of our efforts.
The story of each boat follows – and they are all beauties.
The kayak is a 'Ravenswood' fuselage-frame SOF design by S. Jeff Horton of Kudzu Craft Skin Boats in Alabama. (www.kudzucraft.com)
The cold June club night at APYC was no match for the intrepid WBA members keen to hear Jimmie s story of building his red cedar strip planked sea kayak.
To restore a 26ft Wooden Boat to original condition is not for The Faint Hearted. I am having difficulty in condensing a job of 1,000 hours and still getting it to be interesting to a reader. I am simply going to list the jobs to date and let your imaginations do the rest.
Why build an Adirondack Guide Boat? Well I have found that I like building small boats, and I liked the idea of giving a double ender a go, preferably clinker, with a goodly number of planks.
The Wooden Boat Association announces the Alan Chinn Award for excellence in boatbuilding.
Nominations are now open for the inaugural Alan Chinn Award.
This is a new award for a member of the Association who has completed a boatbuilding project that shows excellence in the skills of boatbuilding. The award recognizes the contribution made by Alan Chinn to the formation of the WBA and the example he set in the skills of boatbuilding and in assisting members in their boatbuilding projects.
Why build a wooden boat? Maybe we all have different reasons – but I built mine because I wanted to go fishing on Port Phillip Bay, and I didn’t want to spend the money on a new boat, or take a chance on someone else’s reject
Looking for a boat? The Boatyard is the WBA's "For Sale or Wanted" section - some FREE.
The Wooden Boat Association was formed in 1989 for people who enjoy wooden boats and wooden boat building.
In 2019 we are celebrating the Club's 30th anniversary!
Members appreciate wooden boats for their aesthetic qualities, the beauty of the boats and the materials from which they are constructed, and the pure romance of wooden boats.
In this age of mass production, each wooden boat is as individual as her owner.
Find out more about the club, its members and activities under the About Us tab.
Have you recently had a great day on the water, voyaged from A to B successfully, or completed a small project such as a locker lid or new spar? Our members would love to hear about it!.
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