Classic Boatworks of  Maine

Here is a Customized Downeast Skiff.

The design was developed with the owner to carry large loads over to an island on a lake where power boats are not used.

The first step with any new design is lofting.  A fresh coat of paint is all that is needed to turn the shop floor into a lofting area.

Next we built the frames for the transom, midship and stem.  The supports were firmly attached to the floor to make sure that everything stayed where it belonged.  Hanging the planks can cause framework to get out of alignment if it is not secure.

Here she is with the keel and chines in place.  It takes many clamps to provide a temporary hold to make sure the alignment is right.

Next the bottom pieces were cut and fit.  Clamps again provide a firm hold until it is time to bond it with 3M 5200 and screws.  The owner and Marshall discussed the best materials for the bottom and decided on Marine Grade Fir for longevity and durability and so the boat could be kept dry.  It would not have to swell before use.

The next step was to cut and fit the lapped cedar planks.  What is not shown in this view is the sweep of the plank to gain the rocker shown in the finished product.  We are fortunate to have a local mill where we can get the planking cedar to our specs.  We started with a 1 X 8 with 12 inches of sweep in it.  From this we were able to cut the planks exactly the way we wanted.

The planking is now complete. While not easily seen in this photo, the skiff has oak chine caps.  This protects the edge of the plywood and the edge of the cedar plank. It is time to prime the bottom before we turn her over. Once she is turned, frames, seats and gunwales will be installed.

Here she is – all primed with keel and rub strips in place.

The rub strips do more than just help protect the bottom: they are also part of the structure of the boat.  They help to stiffen the bottom.

Seats and frames in place. Ready for delivery.

Here is the finished skiff.  You can see the extreme rocker required by the owner to suit his needs.

If you would like to have a special boat built, either identical to this or anything special to suit your needs, feel free to contact us.  We will work with you to develop you dream into a reality.

(If you have a sketch, we can build a boat!)

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Contact: Marshall and Jo Duhaime, Jr.
3 Duhaime Drive
Hancock, Me.04640

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