We (myself, Christophe Matson, Eric Risch the designer of the EBDS, and Steven Bauer) had a wonderful time guiding three wonderful families through the construction of 3 beautiful Echo Bay Dory Skiffs this past Friday through Sunday. The skiffs were all made from precut kits, allowing for the quick, efficient construction.
Day 1 was assembling hull sides.
Day 2 was attaching chine logs, gunwales and bottoms.
Day 3 was installing seats and outerkeel as well as doing some shaping and sanding.
Then all 3 familes launched their creations. In fact, out of nearly 30 boats built at the Show, we were the only 3 that launched!
Not one boat leaked. One family rowed across the river to their home and the others loaded on the cartops to drive home to New Jersey and Colorado. They will receive sailing kits to complete their boats.
Big thanks to Wooden Boat's support of Family Boatbuilding
, to Eric Risch for giving us the design rights to use this boat, and to Christophe Matson
for his patient skilled help with the families. Finally, thanks to the families for signing up with us. It was a blast, especially seeing you all rowing on Sunday.