Be a “Boatbuilder for a Day”!

We are partnering with the Gig Harbor BoatShop for a new program – Boatbuilder for a Day!

Starting February 11 and running most Saturdays through September, we will be building a classic rowboat.

Have you always wanted to build a boat, but didn’t want to go it alone? Here’s your chance! Join us as we build a classic 15’8” rowing boat. You’ll develop a combination of traditional and contemporary skills as part of a small crew guided by experienced boat builders.

Lake George Rowboat - Winona

Lake George Rowboat - Winona

The workshops will cover the entire building process from selecting a design to launching. You can attend as few or as many sessions as you like.

This boat will feature the details and proportions of classic pulling boats from the pre-WW1 era. We intentionally chose a design and construction method that is more complex than some others, but we are willing to spend a bit more time building in order to end up with really nice boat.

Lines Drawing - Lake George Boat

Lines Drawing - Lake George Boat

We’ll kick off the construction on Feb 11, 2012 with an introduction to lofting, the technique  of enlarging the designer’s plans to full size. We’ll draw the “lines” which determine the shape of the hull in three views.

During the following session we’ll complete the lofting, including construction details and “expanding” the transom.

Don’t worry, it isn’t as difficult as some might think. It’s mostly a matter of careful measuring, drawing “fair” (smoothly arcing) lines using a wood batten as a guide, and applying a bit of logic. It’s actually a lot of fun, and it is easy to get hooked on it.

Subsequent sessions will cover the process of  building the boat step-by step. Each week we will post photos of the progress of construction and forecast the activities occurring in the next session or two. Due to the complex nature of boatbuilding, activities in any given session are subject to change without notice.

We are really looking forward to this fun series of workshops, and hope you’ll be able to join us.

To enroll, go to the Gig Harbor BoatShop website and sign up!

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