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Baby Boat finished


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This was a challenging, but fun nonetheless, project.  It was my first stab at a traditionally built, riveted clinker boat.  I built it for my brand new grandson who is now 2 weeks old in Port Hueneme, CA so I have to hurry up and ship it.


specs are as follows:

planking is 3/16" cedar

keel is 5/4 white oak with a small piece of palo santo inset to insure good luck for the passenger

transom and wales are purpleheart

copper rivet fasteners on the planking with brass screws at the stem and  transom




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Absolutely beautiful! Did you tell your grandson's parents about it, or is it a surprise?


I built a very similar one for my grandson about 8 years ago, but it had a flat bottom. The plan had built rocker feet for it also, and they used it that way once the grandchild got older. Now it's a toy box in the kid's room. I actually liked working with the copper rivets.


I live in Oxnard, next to Port Hueneme. Is your son or daughter in the Navy?

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