Mini-Sharpie - 7' 8" one sheet skiff
Family boat building...
Ben and Dean build their first boat!
After a tour of the boat, and names of the parts, they are marking and drilling holes.
They spread Titebond II and use 3/4" #14 bronze ring nails to attach the gunnels and the chines.
They're really hungry and would rather break for lunch but stick with it.
The rails and chine logs are glued and nailed on and the crew is eating lunch while the glue dries.
We were too busy to take pictures, but the sides are bent around the frame, in a dry run to make sure the bottom fits. It does so they trace it.
Dean asks... "Isn't it gonna leak a little this way?"
Here they are in front of the prototype mini- sharpie in the back ground.
Time to learn to use a plane to make the sides ready for the bottom.
"How do you make this thing work?"
"I think it works more like this." Says Frank...(the proud father)
"Now I get it!"
The bottom is ready to go on, just a bit more marking and drilling and gluing and nailing.
"All right... We did it! Can we get in it yet?"
Hey, Dad helped too.... On to Day Two of family boat building! Deck, quarter knees, and skeg.....
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Mini Sharpie Skiff design copyright David J. Beede 2002