Aileach

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Construction

Designed by: Colin Mudie
Built in: 1991 By James McDonald & Sons
Length: 40 Ft
Beam: 10 Ft
Draught around: 2 Ft
Weight around: 3 Tonnes plus ballast
Hull

Aileach outboard sketch

Aileach outboard sketch


Aileach Master and Spars

Aileach Master and Spars


The keel and frames are made from oak. The planking is Larch.
Sail & Rigging
Aileach Preliminary Design Study

Aileach Preliminary Design Study


Early ropes were probably made from wool, flax, animal hair, and plants
In the 13th Century ropewalks were developed. (Check whether there are any known on the islands or West Coast)
Ballast
Up to ½ Tonne of round stones were placed in the bottom of the boat as ballast. Loose deck boards were laid above this. If a galley capsized, the boards would float away. The ballast might roll out. The boat could then float, giving support to crew members in the water.