For anyone in Scotland who follows this blog, you may have noticed a familiar face in last week’s post. The gentleman in question is our new coach Stewart Bates. We are extremely fortunate to have someone so qualified to offer us his services. You’ll understand why we are so excited after reading the following:
Stewart spent most of his adult life in Scotland and retired to Perth, Ontario in 2006. For over 25 years he was involved in competitive rowing. A member of the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, he rowed in both sliding and fixed seat boats. He is a qualified Scottish Rowing Coach and a highlight of his coaching career would be two Royal West oarsmen going on to row for Great Britain in world championships. He himself was Scottish Champion on a number of occasions.
Sparks were flying in the shop today from cutting and welding equipment as work got underway on the trailer. Not only do we have boatbuilders in our group but we also have someone who is expert in trailer design and construction. Unlike the boat however, this project will only take a few weeks to complete.
The trailer bunks, that we had formed on the moulds are temporarily being used to stabilize the boat while we work on the interior. There doesn’t seem to be an ideal height to work on the boat. Lower makes it easier to get in and out, but requires a lot of bending over. We chose to set the boat up on the building frame, getting in and out is more difficult but its a very comfortable height to work on the gunnels.