One of the best ways to become better at something is to learn from someone who's already walked that road, or in our case built that boat. We wanted to share some stories of builders who've built our boats and have launched a new section called Featured Boatbuilder. We asked a handful of builders questions we thought you'd be interested in, and we hope you enjoy hearing their stories. We sure did.
Where have you or do you plan to use your boat?
Gig Harbor, Colvos Passage, Port Orchard
Why did you choose to build this boat?
I wanted a boat that would be self rescuable with proven open water capability. The ability to haul a large amount of gear or a bicycle was intriguing even if I never use it for that purpose.
What inspired you to start building boats?
I enjoy building things. I have finished off a 37' sailboat from hull and deck, and I have built a house. I have been operating boats for over 50 years so it seemed like the right time. A small boat is a relatively inexpensive and short building project which can be used and appreciated.
Describe some of your favourite moments building this boat?
Since I was starting from plans, planning out use of the work space to first rough cut full size sheets of plywood, then building a long table for end joining panels, and cutting the long panels to size was fun. Stitching the panels together to bring the hull into shape and beveling the sheer clamp to the correct bevel to accept the deck seemed to be highlights.
Do you have any tips to share with other boat builders?
I used a pair of dividers to punch holes along template lines to mark panels rather then cutting templates to size and tracing. Suggest marking the molded edge of the sheer clamp with a pencil so that when hand planing you know when you have over planed. White vinegar works excellent for cleaning uncured epoxy off tools. Use a toothbrush to apply and work small amounts of epoxy into taped seams or applying thickened epoxy when bonding wood surfaces.
What are your next boat building plans?
Maybe the Oxford Wherry so I can take my wife for a row.
A big thanks to Jerry for sharing his experience building the Expedition Rowboat from plans. If you'd like to be one of our Featured Boatbuilders and share your experience with others, please let us know.
Thanks for the clear recommendations for locating of seats, oar locks, sizing, so full source of rowing information. I’m near completion of my 1st boat, 14’ Dory, my design inspired by J.Spira designs. All started with card stock model. I hope soon, before cold hits to have some time on Missouri River near Fort Yates ND. Thanks again, keep this up!
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