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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rushton Florida Model Rowboat Battens to Sheer

Battens used to decide on the plank shapes

Garboard and planks 2 &3

View from above planks on molds

That dark mahogany sheer finishes this task
This winter at the Apprentice For A Day (AFAD), we're building a Rushton Florida Model Double-Ended Rowboat.  We've had more than two dozen participants come in to assist and learn the process.  In the top photo, you see the placement of the battens.  This is the artistic part.  It's learning to use your eye to decide just where the planks will lie.  We spent a day make tiny adjustments to their placement until we had fair lines for what will become a beautiful boat.

After three weekends of lining off, cutting, fitting and hammering in clenched nails, we finished the planking.  Having started with a mahogany keel, we used Atlantic white cedar form the garboard to the #7 plank and finished with a mahogany sheer.


  1. Looks like a beautiful rowboat! What are her dimensions?

  2. She's 16' in length, 42" Beam, 25.5" at her stems & 15.75" amidship.