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Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

lining off the planks on the Providence River Boat

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

fine-tuning the rabbet, in preparation for planking the Providence River Boat

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

making clamps, in preparation for planking the Providence River Boat

fine-tuning the rabbet, in preparation for planking the Providence River Boat

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Australian Classic and Wooden Boat Show, Hobart 2011.

Cap Sante Marina. B Dock.

F/V Veteran was built in Gig Harbor, Washington in 1926 by the Skansie Shipbuilding Company who built 96 purse seiners between 1912 and 1949.

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Australian Classic and Wooden Boat Show, Hobart 2011.

lining off the planks on the Providence River Boat

mould-making continues

For the first sail of the season, I launched from Vanier Park at 4pm, and had about 8 to 10 knots of wind in English Bay. I cruised close to the Stanley Park shoreline out to Siwash Rock and back, then blasted up the opposite Kitsilano shore for bit into a freshening breeze, until it was getting late and I had to head back. Landed at ramp at 7pm.

setting up the strongback for the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

lining off the planks on the Providence River Boat

A PBK 15 frame along side a completed PBK 27 skin-on-frame kayak

 

Both boats built referencing plans from Clark Craft, but interpreted for lashed & epoxy construction.

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

lining off the planks on the Providence River Boat

mould-making continues

One of the Handy Billy launches built at the School's Port Hadlock campus.

 

Harry Bryan, of Bryan's Boatshop in New Brunswick, Canada, designed the Handy Billy by blending famed designer William H. Hand's designs with modern power technology to meet the demands of discriminating boaters.

 

In Bryan's words, "We have taken hand's successful work and blended it with modern power technology to create a new design while always keeping the following principles in mind: 1) the boat must be seaworthy, 2) it should be highly efficient in its use of fuel, 3) it should be unusually quiet, 4) it must be good looking."

 

The Handy Billy is 18 feet long with a beam of 5 feet and a draft of 11 inches (17 inches with the 15hp gas engine outboard in the down position). A 21-foot version of the same boat was also built by the School.

 

It is a vee-bottomed launch, and is surprisingly fast largely, capable of running at well over displacement speeds, as a result of its moderate beam, narrow transom and appropriate power plant.

 

The School built these boats using western red cedar planking over white oaks frames on a douglas fir and mahogany backbone, fastened throughout with silicon bronze screws and bolts. Decks were douglas fir, usually finished bright.

 

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located on Washington's Olympic Peninsula in Port Hadlock WA and is a private, accredited non-profit vocational school.

 

Our mission is to teach and preserve the skills and crafts of fine wooden boatbuilding and other traditional maritime crafts.

 

You can find us on the web at www.nwboatschool.org .

 

You can reach us via e-mail at info@nwboatschool.org or by calling us at 360-385-4948.

 

Scamp Camp #1, "Scurvy Dogs Team" Reunion 2013, Port Townsend, WA

 

The planned reunion of a bunch of Scamp Camp #1 boats didn't quite come as planned, Luna #162 wasn't quite ready for her first splash! No worries, we went to Port Townsend for the first weekend of Camp #4, anyway, so we could partake in the launch of Zephyr #161, the fine vessel built by Keith Nasman! While there, we took part in the inaugural launch of two (!!) Scamps (Zephyr and Skol, the beautiful product of Terry's work, from Scamp Camp #3), cruised the waters on an epic trip in Zephyr, and popped into the first day of Camp #4 to wish the next crop of scamplings a fruitful birth.

Fairing the bottom panel and garboard planks, in preparation for fibreglassing: plane, rasp, sand, fill. Then sand again.

Building the Providence River Boat, at the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Vancouver BC

Red Lantern Rally: cruising Port Townsend Bay, WA.

- stitched pano, about 190 degree view, the sun rose at 6:10 am, this is at 7:20 am after a walk on the beach. Our little "Scamp" sailboats can be seen up on the beach, where we dried out on the falling tide and slept the night.

JESTER's beam is quite wide for her length and makes for a very stable ride on a dinghy of only 9 feet long! Jack Fesenmeyer's experience as a gondola builder paid off when he designed his sailing dinghy - Sea Lion and Sea Horse models; wide beam like a catboat, no centerboards and a modified cut-out keel with skeg all add up to a swift, stable sailing vessel.

 

Thanks, Dad, for coming over for the weekend to help!! We mounted the UHMW runners on the skegs, and applied the first coat of topsides paint. A very good Scamp Saturday!

Fidalgo Bay.

F/V Veteran was built in Gig Harbor, Washington in 1926 by the Skansie Shipbuilding Company who built 96 purse seiners between 1912 and 1949.

A display in a nearby art gallery. Australian Classic and wooden Boatshow, Hobart 2011.

PBK 15 Kayak in New York's Adirondack Park

using a block plane and a spokeshave to refine the shape of the tiller extension

painting, and sanding, and painting... continued

www.cwb.org

 

GLORY BE belongs to Ms Betsy Davis. At the time this photograph was taken, she was the Executive Director of The Center For Wooden Boats. She now is the Executive Director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.

 

Betsy's website, detailing her boat's incredible story of over a century of use, destruction and rebirth, is here: www.glorybehistory.com/index.htm

  

cwb.org/

  

When leaving Sidney Island in the morning the forecast for Haro Strait was for light winds from the south, the same direction as usual but much less than it had blown for the last week (and months). Being unsure how I would fair, and without an engine to make up for any poor decisions, I purposely set off against the strong ebbing current from the north. If the breeze turned out to be too light to make decent headway, I could turn around and drift/row back to Sidney, or further south to D'Arcy Island.

 

Two choices of overnight destinations to the north seemed apparent, either Portland Island Marine Park directly downwind (and therefore an upwind battle against the prevailing wind direction on return), or, a cross-wind reach to Moresby Island. Moresby was the more prudent choice for my first foray into these waters, and, even though it's a private island (opposed to the more desirable park at Portland) I could see several possible anchorages on the chart.

 

With my float plan in place I set off, rowing for the first half-hour, then setting sail as the morning breeze filled in. The winds were of variable intensity, at times I was romping along at a good clip, and occasionally I barely made headway against the ripping currents.

 

The wind died just as I made Fairfax Point, and the southerly flow of this major juncture of currents had me pulling on my oars with all my strength. This little cove inside the point looked like a great spot to stop for lunch and re-evaluate my options. Once on the beach I decided to call it a day, time was getting on, and the next possible anchorage was several more miles "up-stream".

 

Now that I've been there and done that, I can't wait to do it all again, and try for Portland Island. It's said to be very beautiful and has several more protected anchorages to choose from. However, it's a very popular spot, lots of others will be there, too.

 

As exposed as I was here in this cove on Moresby, I had it all to myself. The weather forecast was good, it's not likely to blow up from the east (my main risk), I've got the necessary ground tackle that should ensure a good hold against it if it does, and I can always just pull her up on the beach if I have to. Time to set anchor, and put up the boom tent!

 

-- Anchored inside Fairfax Point on the southeastern tip of Moresby Island, on a short solo cruise in LUNA in the Haro Strait region of the southern Gulf Islands.

Boatbuilder Piet Bouhuijs from Durgerdam, The Netherlands, is a traditional boatbuilder who always workes in wood clinker-fashion. Here on the ramp is one of his last creations, the little motorboat ‘Wilhelmina’.

In the background two other Bouhuijs boats.

Scamp Camp #1, a group build of 10 SCAMPs, an 11'11" pocket-cruiser sailboat designed by John Welsford.

boat build continues: 4 straight weeks of flat out work at Cowichan Lake

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