On the evening of 7th July after an immense rain storm my Morbic took to the water at Durleigh SC, ghosting along in next to no wind. She floated and took on no water other than what came from the sky. Success! This was just a quiet test sail with no fanfare - naming and celebrations will follow shortly no doubt. Thanks to all on the Forum who gave help and encouragement during the build - it was good to feel supported on what can otherwise be a solitary enterprise. I hope to get the oars made and thole pins installed in time for Clyweddog - looking forward to meeting some of you there.
Thanks John. Yes I used Holt stainless fittings for the pintle and gudgeons. There just happened to be a 38mm model that fitted snuggly around 4 x 9mm ply plus 2mm of epoxy/glass and a couple of coats of paint. I think they strengthen the stock and were 1/4 the cost of the brass ones from Classic marine (lovely though they are, I couldn’t bring myself to shell out for them!). It was hard to get hold of all 4 during lock down - I bought one rudder fitting from eBay, another from sailboat.co.uk and the transom fittings from Force 4.