Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Turkeys by Rancocas creek.

One cord stacked.

Bronze/copper vs iron. Look at the difference in these split out frames from the sneakbox. After 50 years the copper clench nails are good as new, bronze screws almost as good (top). Look at the clean holes with little deposition. The iron swells as it rusts, infiltrating the wood and destroying the tissues(bottom). In the planks, I can put my finger through some of the rusted iron fastener holes, but am using no. 10 bronze screws to refasten in the original copper nail holes.

Put in two new frames and refastened planks on the starboard side.


Three boats, one joiner. The shop is really crowded with boats. This week we worked on the chart flat file for OLYMPIA, SPYDER and the old Perrine sneakbox. I re-sawed cedar for the CHAD kids to laminate. and stacked firewood.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Full House

There is a new Perrine Sneakbox, SPYDER is back, SILENT MAID ongoing, MISLEADING LADY in waiting, The PENN YAN is piggy back on SILENT MAID. Jeff asked if I could bring in a few more boats from my yard to round things out a bit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Coamings for the Lady

Bobby fitting a pattern for MISLEADING LADY's dashboard, while Jeff & Hartley drill & screw on the cockpit coaming. I made mahogany bungs and put them in later.

Mast partners for SILENT MAID.

Old Town

The OLD TOWN with trim bright work installed.

A boat skin made of cotton canvas. It is gray primer over cotton, over thin cedar planking.


SIGSBEE at the museum dock.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sangbagger model

Workshop News

The Old Town has been covered in canvas and primed. I glued on the stern piece. I would have tacked or stapled it too, but not here.

Carolyn fitting berths in Silent Maid. Newt was working on the mast partners.

Here is the engine for Misleading Lady suspended in place. It will have a V-drive which you can see blocked out in plywood.
The shop is also working on a Pen Yan boat.


Gazella out sail training on the Delaware.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Core Sound 17

Core Sound 17'

A blog on building a Core Sound boat, a simplilar design to a comforatble beach cruiser.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Splined Decking

Misleading lady

Saturday, October 18, 2008

St. Michaels MASCF #26

Barnegat sneakbox duckboat at the dock in St. Mikes.

The air was light and the start line short, so everyone had a chance to gam for awhile.

A pair of duckers in the boatshop. The green one is a Joe Lieneir boat.

The Lawley tender built for ELF by the Apprentice shop. It is book matched sassafras. Check Sailorgirl for more photos of the Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival 2008.

Misleading Lady

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Shop News

Went sailing on ELF. Set the topsail. That is a pretty sight.

Work is progressing on SILENT MAID. She is getting her deck; carlins and deckbeams. The PEN YAN and the Old Town are getting new ribs and planking. The bed logs and floors are going into MISLEADING LADY.

Friday, August 29, 2008


Evening race out of Seaside Park YC. Light air. 11 boats out.


Yesterday, I whipped the ends of lines and moused shackles on ELF. The guys were about to bend on the topsail to the jackyards. Can't wait to try that one out.

Earlier in the week I cleaned out two old frames to replace them with some newly bent ones in what may be an early Old Town rowboat. It has the same build style as the canoes, thin planking clench nailed to thin ribs, covered in canvas.