AYRS Seminars at the 2021 RYA Virtual Dinghy Show

We are using Zoom to hold seminars during the weekend of the show. To join us at these, click on the Zoom links below a few minutes before the meeting is due to start.

Saturday at 17:15 GMT – Amateur boat building in fibreglass with a ‘Rescue Float’ as a ‘worked example’ – by Kim Fisher – see below for further info. To Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/2536740617?pwd=VFdMOGxWRDNzK1Z4NkxpTkU1a3ZUZz09

Saturday at 17:15 GMT – Amateur boat building in plywood with a sliding seat rowing boat as a ‘worked example’ – by John Perry – see below for further info. To join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/2536740617?pwd=VFdMOGxWRDNzK1Z4NkxpTkU1a3ZUZz09

We are setting a simple password to join our Zoom meetings – it is ‘ayrs’ (lowercase without the apostrophies) Our reason for having a password is that it avoids people having to wait in a ‘waiting room’ if they are a bit early for the meeting. If you are new to Zoom, here is Zoom’s own video ‘How to join a Zoom meeting’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkCmbvAHQ If you need it, you will find plenty more about Zoom through a YouTube search or general internet search.

Re. Kim Fisher’s talk on Saturday: Kim Fisher will talk about the ‘Rescue Float’ that he is developing in collaboration with Chris Watson. Although the ‘Rescue Float’ is not a typical amateur boat building project, it is a good example of amateur building of a small craft in composite materials and will allow Kim to explain how to make moulds and achieve a professional looking finish to the end product. The ‘Rescue Float’ is a simple craft for use by beach rescue services – it is easier to launch and cheaper to operate than a powered vessel but offers a better platform for watch keeping and assisting a casualty on-board than does a simple surfboard. The ‘RescueFloat’ was displayed on the AYRS stand at the 2020 RYA dinghy show and is due to be trialled by rescue services when covid permits.

Re John Perry’s talk on Sunday: John previously talked about his rowing boat project at an earlier AYRS meeting so this will be a partial repeat but with the emphasis on the use of computer methods in amateur boat design and boat building with plywood or other sheet material. Many companies now offer a service to cut plywood by computer controlled router or water-jet cutting machine so if you can supply such a company with the files to input to their equipment you can have what is essentially a kit of accurately cut plywood parts to build a boat of your own design. This really does speed up the process of amateur boat building. Although many people will prefer to buy a kit or work to plans from an established designer, there is satisfaction to be gained from building to your own design and the results can be as good, or, dare we say it, even better.