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.