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Monday, April 29, 2013

Apprentice For a Day Boat- Replica Ghost

Boat Yard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD reports progress is moving along on the 15’9” deadrise sailing skiff being built by Apprentice for a Day (AFAD) public boatbuilding participants.  The skiff will be a replica of the circa 1916 bateau skiff, Ghost, which is part of CBMM’s collection of historic Chesapeake boats. 

With the top side and bottom planking installed then fared, it was time for the molds of the sailing bateaux to be popped off. This allowed participants to flip the vessel over to continue the construction of its interior.  Shipwrights, volunteers & AFAD participants added the remaining white oak stub frames, installed the cyprus centerboard trunk, constructed the rudder, and designated the cut-out for the mast step. With the interior sealed and the mast partner in place, the sassafras decking and white oak rub rails are next to be installed, while starting to shape the 25' mast. 

The public boatbuilding program continues on weekends through May, with drop-in participation for one day or more welcome. For more information, contact or call 410-745-4980. 

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