The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock launched on June 14, three classic Whitehalls built for the British Broadcasting Corporation. The BBC used the boats in August 2013 to recreate John Wesley Powell’s 1869 exploration of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The School built two 21′ Whitehalls and one 16′ boat. The 21′ boats were built of white oak under the direction of instructor Ben Kahn, while the smaller Whitehall was planked in larch over a white oak backbone and frames under the direction of the School’s senior instructor, Jeff Hammond.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building launched this 14′7″-long Scandal skiff last summer. William Atkin designed the Scandal in 1924 to be a slender and fast boat suitable for use with a small outboard motor. Plans for the Scandal are available at www.atkinboatplans.com. On this website, the designer's description of the Scandal appears. “A boat of this kind offers a lot in the way of recreation; for the cruiser-camper it is ideal, being shallow and light, and thus easily drawn up on the beach or river bank anywhere.