Monday 27 August 2018

Swampscott Dory

From Wikipedia:

The Swampscott dory is a traditional fishing boat, used during the middle of the 19th century by fishing villages along the North Shore coast of Massachsetts centered on Swampscott. It is designed to be launched off the beach. Dories were generally built by the fishermen themselves in the off season and later by more organized boatyards.] The rounded hull provides more buoyancy for launching through surf than the slab sided banks dory. The flat bottom allows the boat to sit upright on the beach. The lack of a keel keeps the boat from being grabbed by a wave and allows the boat to pass cleanly through the surf. The boat still heels easily which allows large fish to be rolled into the boat vs having to lift the fish completely up over the gunnel.
The Swampscott dory is a melding of the earlier Wherry design Banks dory and the river bateau, which later led to new construction techniques used in the mass production of the.Swampscott dories are built with rounded sides and slightly less overhang stern than a banks dory. Swampscott dories are generally from 14 to 18 ft in length, the longer boat being rowed by two oarsmen.
Eventually the Swampscott dory developed into a recreational sailboat as well, known as the clipper dory, and then the alpha and beachcomber dory. These inexpensive sailboats were raced along the coast of Massachusetts during the early part of the 20th century. The sail rig was typically a Leg of Mutton and small jib on an unstayed mast.

Done with canoes? Not by a long shot, but moving in the direction of sailing and rowing craft to bring along more guests and enjoy bigger waters. Still knock off a Cruiser canoe from the form now and again, but this will be the winter project for a spring (re)launch. 

 Under sail, moving along

Even good for camp cruising

 Our boat as found. Solidly built, though not fuss in the details.  Too long outside upside down under a tarp has created some problem areas.
 Undersized sail rig, new one to be built.

 Nice raked transom, boat is a lot heavier to move than a canoe!

 Some bright finished wood will dress it up during the rebuild. Rails, seats, knees, breasthook will be replaced and varnished

Centerboard trunk to come out to rebuild the bottom pine plank that has soft spots and some rot.

New rudder and tiller coming, to compliment the traditional shape.

Sunday 26 August 2018

Huron done

Glad we used Epifanes 'Turkish Blue' on top of the epoxy filled canvas, looks great.  On the water it looks even better. Stembands go on and down the road it goes. 'Nother one done, and we take a break from canoes while the Swampscott Dory gets refinished and refit. Another Cruiser replica will come off the form this winter, but no more restorations for a while. 

Sunday 19 August 2018

Huron canoe nearing completion

Huron 14' almost done, Epifanes Turkish blue looks great. Been waiting a long time to try it out while the can sat in the cabinet. Seems to really suit this hull. Ash rails next, rail caps and stembands go back on and this one is out the door as well.


Bartering a canoe for art

Not just any old art, but a custom piece of a photo taken in Temagami when the first pre fire cruiser replica was put in the water. Julia Veenstra is an artist with a studio in Hamilton, who's work we've long admired.
 A casual mention of canoes while discussing a piece, and minutes later we've entered into a barter arrangement for a boat for her husbands birthday. Living on the lake, everyone needs a wood and canvas canoe to get out on the water. The colour is a stock Epifanes colour i've never used, and it showed off the patina of the cedar nicely, and made the cherry really pop.
Boat was delivered, recipient was happy and the painting is incredible. 

Ready for solo paddling with infant Grandkids, with carpet and curly maple and white oak seat

Preview of painting in process, looking great

Doug's new boat

Julia handing it over. So talented...

Original photo

Finished painting - need a better shot with better light but rushed to hang it.