Village Community Boathouse (boatbuilding and rowing) opens for the season in NYC's Hudson River

The Village Community Boathouse (VCB.NYC) is an all-volunteer, donation-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free public access to the Hudson River Estuary utilizing a fleet of traditional rowboats, that are built at our shop on Pier 40 in conjunction with students from local schools. VCB invites the public, including youth from local schools, to utilize the city’s waterfront and harbor, improving people’s quality of life, fostering a sense of environmental stewardship, and establishing a spirit of collaboration in crewing or building a boat.

Core Sound 21

Designer: 
Salt Boatworks
Skill Level to Build: 
Intermediate

This cold molded center console features a traditional Core Sound design, taking the lines from the local NC work boats. This allows the use of plywood and epoxy construction in place of the traditional strip plank method, creating a lighter boat...

Music at the BoatShop Featuring Hot Club Sandwich

More than fifteen years ago, hot-jazz string band Hot Club Sandwich was founded in Olympia, WA. With two guitars, bass, violin, mandolin, and drums, each band member is also a contributing composer and arranger, and everyone in the band sings. The Hot Club Sandwich repertoire carries a reverence for Gypsy Jazz along with folkloric influences from around the world that flourished during the same era.

Marine Plywood

A great deal has changed in the world of plywood since those masters of the medium made the recommendations quoted above. The prospective plywood boatbuilder of 2017 wades into a thicket of unenforced standards, uneven quality, and outright flim-flammery. Lots of great choices remain, but you can’t simply judge marine plywood by its stamp.