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Thursday, 23 October 2014
A 'new' boat for the Aberdaron regatta
Dafydd a Guto a 'Gwylan'
I had the
pleasure of meeting Dewi, Guto and Dafydd in a barn at Felin Uchaf, not far
from Aberdaron, where they were restoring an 80 year old wooden-clinker boat.
They explained that it was built by John Thomas, builder of something like a
hundred boats, and that he made them in about 20 days.
particular one, ‘Gwylan’, had been built to carry passengers from Porth Colmon
to Bardsey but after just a few trips was sold and used as a fishing boat
working out of Tudweiliog. In recent years it has been lying on a beach like a
wreck but is now getting a new lease of life.
and painstaking work, removing the broken or rotten planks, creating a template
for new ones, making and fitting the replacements. It looked to me like 30% of
the plank-work was new. The wood of choice is larch which, with the help of
steam, can be bent into the right shape - so much more satisfying than working with fibreglass! Until recently it has been hard to get
hold of larch but there’s now a glut as whole plantations are felled to limit
the spread of Phytophthora Ramorum.
project, part of the Llŷn Landscape Partnership, will continue through the
winter and students on the boat building course at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor will be
joining in. If all goes to plan Gwylan will be taking part in the Aberdaron regattas
next summer. You can hear Dewi, Guto and Dafydd talking about the boat on
Sunday’s (26th October) Country Focus.
Dewi Alun Hughes has made an interesting film about the local fishermen and their boats. The link below is to an English synopsis: