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Back in 2007 a customer of ours was approached to undertake a Community Boat Build program for youth at risk in the Forster/ Tuncurry area. Brian is a retired teacher and self taught wooden boat builder. His major achievment was to build a magnificent steam launch. See her in action further down the page

The following are Brians comments on the Forster community Firebug build:

"We have 3 Firebugs (Figure 1 & 2) - the first one was built with International Epiglass glue and the wood provided by International for construction on their stand at the Sydney Boat Show in 2007. The other two have been built completely with Bote-Cote, as was a stitch and tape dinghy I built with a men's group (Figures 3, 4, & 5).
I have built a 7m steamboat and a 5.5m 30's style speedboat with the opposition's glue- didn't know you were around, but have loved working with the 2:1 Bote-Cote, and the filler is wonderful after being surrounded by a cloud of fine white powder in the past. The 1:1 mix has been a breeze with my aboriginal girl's group, who quickly got the hang of mixing it and felt fairly proud of their efforts."
Figure 2 shows "A Bote-Cote Firebug under construction. The skiff in the background has a butt seam done in Bote-Cote and tape."

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Year 10 Students Canoe Project


Based on the success of the Firebug programme for youth at risk, Brian was approached by the local High School to conduct a Boat Building programme for students some of whom were not experiencing success in the classroom. The building was undertaken at the local Forster/Tuncurry TAFE College and Figures 6 & 7 show the completed canoes. Brian was so impressed with the students politeness and enthusiasm towards completing their canoes that he found it a very rewading experience.
The programme was so successful that he has been asked to do the same canoe build in 2012.

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This group of students (Figure 7) should be highly commended with their fantastic achievment! As they have taken pride & enthusiasm in learning new skills to build their own canoe.
Brian is keen to get involved and help other high schools and community groups develop and undertake boat building programs. He has found the teenagers have gained new skills and determination.
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Brian's finished tricked up canoe underway with added sailing rig and rudder!

The photos (above) show Brian's steamboat, ‘Lady Evangeline’. The photos were taken on Dora Creek, Lake Macquarie in February 2012.
The new roof was built from ply, flooded gum, Tasmanian oak, and meranti. Everything was glued with Bote Cote epoxy, the roof covered in glass with epoxy then painted, and the inside sealed with clear polyurethane.

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