Fairey Marine Duckling with No Name Yet
My boat is a Fairey Marine Duckling.
It's little. It has oars, but no mast.
I don't mind, I love rowing, I find it very therapeutic.
Not that it's something I do very often. My partner enjoys fishing, not that he does that very often.
Between us, we have the potential for some good days out.
I don't know it's age or anything much about it. It hasn't got a name.
I haven't actually got the boat yet.
A friend has been restoring it and can't finish it as he's about to go off on a 2 year tour of Britain and Europe. (lucky devil!)
I didn't know he had it, but when he showed it to me I fell in love with it.
Now he's given it to me to finish off.
I don't know a thing about restoring wooden boats, or any of the technical terms for things.
This is going to be a really new experience for me!
Hopefully I'm going to be able to find out what I need to know here, and eventually have a lovely little boat to play with.
Here she is at last
Collected yesterday and now residing in my partner's (that's him, the scruffy one), workshop, waiting for me to do whatever it is that I need to do.
I have to admit that this boat looked a lot smaller when it was in my friends back garden!
A bit of rubbing down I think, inside and out, and a coat of varnish or maybe paint inside.
I don't know.
There are a couple of patches, which look like they're probably quite well done, so I will leave those bits alone.
New runners underneath.
I understand that these are made of strips of wood with strips of brass on top.
Is this correct?
What sort of wood should they be and where would I buy it from?
Advice would be very, very welcome.
Here is another view of my duckling, any advice on what to do with the insides gratefully accepted.