Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Boatyard Blog, where all things related to Chesapeake Bay Boats are discussed. Follow the Museum's progress on historic Chesapeake boat restoration projects, watch wooden boats being built from scratch in our Apprentice For a Day program, and meet the dedicated staff and volunteers working hard to give you the experience of Chesapeake Bay history while preserving traditional Chesapeake Bay boat building techniques. Make sure to join us as a follower of this blog so you will be notified of new posts, and make comments on anything you see on the blog.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Baker sailing dinghy gets its' shape at AFAD

Playing with the battens is Bernie's favorite part of the build process.  This is his third year at AFAD after his children bought him a journeyman's special as a thoughtful gift.
After Julie spent hours of adjustments with Bernie, Dan comes in to talk to her about the great results.

Apprentice for a day, Mike is glad to see some of his work getting clamped on for the last of the day's dozen fittings with volunteers Casey & Mary Sue.
Dan comes over to give Mary Sue, Mike & Casey some advice as they clamp the garboard plank onto the Baker sailing dinghy.  Having started with a 16' plank of Atlantic white cedar, they've brought it to the point of two nearly finished planks.

Seeing Bernie between the battens seems apropos in this shot Doc John took from the other side of the strong back, between the molds.

This craft is already showing its' beautiful lines.

Friday, January 27, 2012

AFAD builds Baker's sailing dinghy

Since WoodenBoat chose to include Bill Page's "Nellie " as the featured homebuilders project in the first edition of their magazine, we'll offer a description of Baker's design from the same source.  You may enjoy going to WoodenBoat for the article that describes his process for building this sailing/rowing dinghy.

Here's what Maynard Bray had to say about Nellie when she appeared in the WoodenBoat calendar in November 2010:

Sterns like Nellie's are called wineglass transoms because of their proportions and their reversing curves down low where the bowl of a wineglass would connect with its stem. If subtly carried out, such transoms are more attractive than those having entirely convex perimeters. You can't quite see it, but Nellie's bow reverses as well, where the plank edges go hollow as they approach the stem. A boat's hull is defined by its curves, but if occasionally the curves change from tight to loose and vary their direction, they go beyond the practical and give the hull an aesthetic boost. Refinements in shape near the ends of a boat have no great effect on performance, but they sure make the difference between a plain boat and one that steals your heart. —Maynard Bray

Nellie— 11'0" x4'10" sailing dinghy designed by Robert H. Baker, built by William C. Page, Camden, Maine, 1972.

This is a picture taken by Benjamin Mendlowitz (c) for the 2010 WoodenBoat calendar

This centerboard trunk will be adjacent to the starboard side of the keel
Maynard Bray's description of the wineglass shape begins to show its' beauty in this rough view of the transom

Use your imagination to see these molds holding the shape of AFAD's dinghy, "MISS B".  Bill Page used a different building sequence for NELLIE.  Above is the method used at CBMM in St. Michaels.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Check out CBMM on WBOC's Delmarva Life

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's education programs and the skipjack Rosie Parks restoration project was featured on WBOC's Delmarva Life Channel.

Watch it here --

Click on the Tuesday tab and scroll to the end until you see Pete Lesher's image on the thumbnail (it's the third video from the end)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Deck beams on Delaware are done plus new tie rods

The new deck beams are complete.

Jenn makes a few final adjustments

Delaware's big engine is covered up nicely while restoration is being done.

Jenn fine-tunes one of Delaware's deck beam on the ship saw.

Ken and Mike cranking the tie rod.
New beefed-up tie rod should keep the carlins more steady along Delaware's cabin.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

AFAD January 2012 at CBMM -Baker's North Shore Dinghy & a Smith Island Skiff

Sam & Casey cutting the transom for the North Shore Dingy

Getting those compound angles around a curve is tricky

R.H. Baker's 1965 plans for this sail\row boat

This shows the shape of the transom
Changing to the right blades and considering how many cuts to make helps move this along

Scout and John take a tour of the various projects underway at AFAD

John is considering what he needs to scribe the inner decking.  After he makes that simple tool, some hand planing will be done to exactly match the deck with the knees of the Smith Island Skiff.

Sam and Bernie lay the keelson on the molds

That beautiful piece of mahogany guides them as they consider some minor adjustments to the molds

Getting the front angle correct is critical before the gunwales are cut to final size

It's a shame the angilique inner stem won't be seen.  This is true of many of the details built into any boat.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Rosie gets first new side plank

Rosie doesn't look anything like she did this time last year, which means progress on the three-year restoration project is right on schedule with the framing. This is the starboard side, no planks yet, but the chine log is exposed.

A view forward from inside the transom.

Port side- bending the new side plank didn't require steaming, just a lot of clamping!

Marc and India discuss what's next. The plank will be scarfed with another plank to extend the entire side of the skipjack.

Marc explains building techniques to India.

India cuts out the scarfed joint on the new side plank.  

The first side plank on Rosie went up port-side on December 21, 2011.