Earliest St Ayles Skiff?

posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:43 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 8:57 PM ]
From Murray Kingsley: 
'At the Warrnambool (Victoria Australia) Maritime Museum we are building a St Ayles Skiff. May we claim [the Nydam] boat as a direct ancestor (given that the early Shetland Islanders had their boats shipped out from Norway in pieces to assemble on St Ayles and other Shetland Islands)? I am interested to find out how the Nydam builders finished the rolling bevels at the plank ends at bow and stern. English Ramped Rabbet? ShipLap? Dory Lap? (To use our modern terms) Or??? ( I believe there was also an early type of gain at lap ends that started with a notch or hook leading into a rolling bevel to a feather edge?) Or??? Just How did these earliest Lapstrake Builders at the start of the Christian Era do it?' 
The Nydam boat has been dated to 310-320 AD, so we can tell Murray it's definitely older than Imagine. To find out more see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nydam_Boat#Nydam_Boat
Nydam boat