Chris Butler writes:
'The 'Bittern' is growing wings, wooden though they are. The crew members building Franklin's third St. Ayles skiff at the Wooden Boat Centre are presently scratching their heads over the infamous, problematical fifth plank. Head builder Grant Drummond has been seen in earnest consultation with 'Billie' builder Pete Heading planning the setting of the errant plank to overcome errors in its shape. But once on, it's a short road to the final two, followed by the keel and outer stems. Apart from the crew, volunteers so far have included the young son of a Chilean family from Hobart, as well as experienced hands from previous skiffs. Hopefully the Bittern will be in the water before autumn. Then it will join the LBT fleet and, as a community boat, will be available to everyone to enjoy … as long as they don't ding it! A reminder that The Bittern crew which is sponsoring the build, is still looking for sponsors and donations to complete the project. Contact Chris Butler at email@example.com.'