Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks

I've been compiling this blog of boatbuilding tips and tricks, plus launchings and in-progress boatbuilding projects for over five years now. The vast majority of the questions I receive by email have already been asked by someone else, so if you take the time to read through the archives, you'll probably run across many the questions you may already have plus find answers to questions you haven't thought of yet. You also get a chance to look through many of the projects that others are building. I try to include as many of the photos I receive from builders as well, some from facebook pages.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Oysterman Boat Build was a Bribe for Getting Good Grades

Just got this great email:

Hi Jeff,

Just wanted to send over a few pics of our finished Oysterman 16. This was a project that I worked on over winter with my 13 year old son. The evil plan was , If he kept his grades up at school, we would work on the skiff on the weekend, it was a great motivator. In the end the skiff is now his. He named the skiff "Driftwood", kind of fit. We have floated it twice, no issues, no leaks.

Wanted to thank you for the great project, have received tons of interest and great conversations throughout the process from at the lumber yard to the DEM for registration.

Thanks again,

Keith and Pruet Beauregard

Oysterman Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Oysterman Carolina Dory easy to build Boat Plans

Glad your evil plan worked!

More about the Oysterman at: 16' Oysterman Carolina Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Please don't be embarrassed to send in photos of your projects. I get a lot of emails from people who tell me about their build but never send any pictures. I'd love to see them, as would all of the other people who are either building a boat or thinking about it. They need all the encouragement they can get.

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