Monday, July 5, 2010

Mystic WoodenBoat Show 2010 : Episode 4

One of the great things that goes on at the WoodenBoat show is the Interlux "I Built It Myself" exhibit. This is a display of owner-built boats from the very small to the fairly large and from the pedestrian to the completely unusual. As this year's honoree was Iain Oughtred, many of the boats that were present had been built to his designs.

These are boats built by people like you and I who have decided that it is time to get started building a boat. These boats are built in sheds, garages, basements and yards. Very often most builders find that once they get started, all of the worries and fears go away and they get what advice, materials and tools they need and just build. I think some even find that they like the building process as much or more than using the boats.

A very nicely made Beach Pea - designed by Doug Hylan. Very tempting...

An Iain Oughtred designed, Jll Yawl named Nina S. Benjamin built by Andrew Kitchen. Most, if not all of the hardware on this boat was hand made. Truly amazing - I'm sorry I didn't get more detail shots of the hardware and the rigging.

Here is something interesting - two Herreshoff-Gardner pulling boats. The top one is Plus One and the bottom one is, obviously, Ruby. What's interesting here is the different take that the two builders had on the finish work and the hull itself. Plus One's builder made her a little bit wider for his use as a fishing platform while Ruby's builders seem to have plans to go fast in her.

This stunning little Delaware Ducker certainly caught the eye. It's very much like a slightly wide sailing canoe in some regards. A very pretty and very traditional build.

Tiller and rudder:
Bow detail:

Ness Yawl, Goldberry by Garth Jones - another Oughtred design - seeing the pattern here?

Willow, built by Howard Sharp to Iain Oughtred's Ptarmigan design:

Annie - a very beautiful double-ender. I'm not certain of the design, but she was certainly a well built boat.

Finally, a still-to-be-named Humblebee pram built by Steven Bauer for use as a tender to his folkboat. Hand made oars as well. She had her maiden voyage at the Seaport on Saturday. What a great memory to have.

Humblebee's Interior.

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