JEZEBEL is a Grand Banks 32 owned by Greg Walsh of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. When she needed a tender Greg decided to build a Shellback skiff from a kit sold by the WoodenBoat Store. He built it over the winter of 2013 in his basement, rigging her with a spruce mast he'd built the winter before. Greg writes the kit came together “fairly easily with only occasional periods of chin rubbing.” He had much helpful advice from his neighbor Tony Owens.
“Sue Seay Q” a 9′6″ Nutshell Pram Kit built by Guy Seay Jr. was launched on Aug 29th 2014. The family project enlisted son’s Michael and Eric along with wife Sue. Guy built the Nutshell in his barn in Upper Saddle River NJ. Launching took place on Barnegat Bay, NJ off of Long Beach Island. The launching was shared by friends and family taking turns rowing and then sailing Sue Seay Q. Music by Dale Hawkins, Creedance Clearwater Survival and the Rolling Stones singing Suzy Q playing in the background.
Bill Sterling has been building this Haven steadily for the last 17 years, starting in California and then trailering her half-finished hull across the country to complete her in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bill followed an unusual construction method for the Haven, AISLING is strip-planked mahogany on white oak frames. He did not sheath the hull in fiberglass. The trim is all Honduras mahogany.
Beau Bureau and his father built this 9′6″ Nutshell pram in their garage, from plans bought at The WoodenBoat Store. Beau named the boat for his wife. The family sails AMANDA LOUIS on local Minnesota lakes, including Martin Lake (shown here.)
Stirling Fraser was astonished that his 15′6″ Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff floated when he launched it last July at Denman Island, British Columbia. He described his unnamed outboard-powered skiff as a plain-Jane version of the design by Joel White. After buying plans for the boat at The WoodenBoat Store, he built the hull with strip-planked western red cedar with System Three epoxy and coated the interior with Kiwi Grip.
Michel Côté spent three months building this 7′7″ Nutshell pram designed by Joel White. He launched in on Clapham Lake in Québec Province, Canada, in July 2012. This was his first experience in boat building, and he is plannning to build another boat soon, either a 22′ single Kingfisher Elf or some type of kayak.
Ray Gray of Newport, North Carolina, has loved boats for a long time but did not build one until recently. After months of research Ray Gray relied on issues 116, 117, and 118 of WoodenBoat magazine to build a Shellback designed by Joel White. He thought that design might be the exact degree of difficulty he wanted to test his skills. Ray used okoume plywood, white oak, and mahogany on the hull. He epoxied everything leaving just a few fasteners in the boat.
Ray McConnell and John Vinal built this 9′6″ Nutshell Pram and then raffled it last October at the Damariscotta Pumpkin Festival. The proceeds of the raffle when to the American Cancer Society in memory of Dr. Jennifer Lynn McConnell.
Warren Price spent six months building a Nutshell Pram. He wants this Joel White–design as a tender for him 18′ Lyman Islander which was named THE QUEEN when he bought her. Naturally, the pram will be THE LADY IN WAITING. Warren launched her in June 2011 on the Cross River in Boothbay. Maine. The Prices keep her on their float in the river alongside THE QUEEN.
WOODEN NICAL is a Joel White—designed Pooduck Skiff built by John Newcomb. He built WOODEN NICAL with okoume plywood planking, with a white oak keel, stems, knees, and 'midships frame. The spars and oars are laminated spruce. He took the white oak from a tree that had grwon on his land, and fell due to Hurricane Isabel in September, 2003. John writes that he started construction in January 2008, but didn’t finish until May, 2010 because of a condition he calls laborius interuptus, which he defined as a sporadic work schedule.
Seth Behn writes, "Knowing that having two would be both more economical to build and more fun in the water, these two Shellback dinghies were built by my father and I in his garage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida." KIM'S KETCH (with the blue stripe) was launched in early 2007 and TOUCAN DEUX was launched that fall. Seth continues, "We have just converted a small trailer to transport the two of them stacked, with a cradle between them.
James Gowen and his family launched this Catspaw Dinghy, BLUE LOBSTER, in their family pool at their home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. BLUE LOBSTER was designed by Joel White, and is 12'8" long, with a 4'6" beam. James planked the hull with white cedar on oak frames. The keel and stem are also oak, while the thwarts are mahogany. The Gowen family now sails BLUE LOBSTER in the waters around Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Kjell Klinkenberg of Oslo, Norway, finished two boats in the summer of 2004: a 18' x 25" Cape Charles kayak (CLC designs) and a 16' x 4'5" Shearwater (Joel White). The boys in the pictures are his son Oyvind on the right, and his friend, Inge Svale. Kjell is at the helm.
Dan Kelly of Weirton, WV, built this Joel White-designed Shellback dinghy in 2002. He modified the plans a little bit in using a titanium mast and titanium keel to keep her light. He also enclosed the area forward of the mast with cedar and filled it with foam insulation to add to her buoyancy. Dan adds that he has been a woodworker for 30 years but few things he has constructed have given him as much pleasure as this boat.
Evan Taylor of Fonthill, Ontario built this Joel White-designed Shellback dinghy in 2001. He used okoume plywood planking with white oak trim. The seats are pine. His wife sewed the sail from a Sailrite kit. Evan sails her on Lake Erie. He says it "was as much fun building it as it is to sail."
The Ruback family races its two Nutshell Prams on Seal Bay in Vinalhaven, Maine, a dream that came true after parents Richard and Elaine built them over the winter and launched them in August, 2001. One sports a tanbark sail and the other white, so it is easy to see who's winning from the shoreline. Elaine writes that it took five seasons to construct the boats, in part because Richard had to finish the barn first so they could build the prams in it.
GINA B is a Joel White Haven 12-1/2 built by Paul Bunch of Raleigh, NC. He estimates it took him 1,800 hours of work spread out over 3-+ years, with occasional help from his wife and two daughters. Paul used a variety of wood in GINA B - planking is juniper, spars are sitka spruce, keel and frames are oak, trim is mahogany, floors are Western red cedar, and seats are of Brazilian cherry. The 600 lb keel is made from melted-down tire weights. Paul adds that he knows of two other amateur builders in NC who are working on Havens of their own.