Launch and maiden voyage


Yesterday, in glorious sunshine, I launched my Walkabout from Portobello beach. Hardly a breath of wind, so no sailing. I can report though that she rows beautifully.

In my haste to get on the water there's still a little work to do – neatening up some of the paintwork, and painting the daggerboard and thwarts. When I've had a chance to sail I'll cut the tiller to size, make and fit a tiller extension, and then paint them both.

Now looking forward to lots of sailing and rowing – and no more evenings and weekends boat building. Many thanks to my family for putting up with my retreat into the garage for so long. Now we can go boating!



About Osbert Lancaster

Creating ripples to foster sustainability. Seeking solace & clarity on the sea by sail & oar.


  1. Anonymous

    Beautiful build! I’ll be following along to see how you like the Walkabout as you gain more experience with it. Very elegant looking boat!

  2. Max

    Congratulations (belated) on completion of Scratch, she looks a good boat for local sailing and rowing. I share your sentiment there’s much right on our doorstep in our case the Solent is crowded and too commercial in places, but you don’t have to sail or row too far to see egrets, curlews ect.Max

  3. Anonymous

    Max – thanks for congratulations. I’m greatly enjoying Scratch, and would get out more often if I didn’t sometimes take the easier route of going out with others in our local St Ayles Skiff – !

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