The Covid summer of 2020 was a time of distress and dislocation for many. For New Yorker Lorne Swarthout it was also an opportunity to build a boat in his friend’s garage/workshop in Southwest Harbor, Maine. The project was a Great Auk 14 from Chesapeake Light Craft. The materials were Alaskan yellow cedar with accents of walnut. His number one helper was granddaughter Zoe who named the kayak after her newborn brother, Will. The inaugural spin of the Will was on Echo Lake on Mount Desert Island, but future excursions will be in the bays and byways of New York harbor.

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Intro to Boatbuilding Semi Dory

I was gifted tuition to the WoodenBoat School for my 40

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The build was started in 2009 by Dr. David Likely of Dorn Ridge N.B.