Relying on John Gardner’s book, Building Classic Small Craft, Bill Aylward built this Herreshoff rowboat he calls RED. He spent much of 2012 building the boat, launching her in 2013. Bill made the planking from okoume plywood and everything else from Douglas-fir. He tweaked the 16′6″ design by adding an inch to the sheer at the bow. Bill sails his Beachcomber-Alpha in the summer on the Humber River; he’ll row this boat on the Aire and Calder Canal yearround. Bill hails from West Yorkshire where he took this photographs.
Robert Janoch was inspired to build a boat after taking a course from John Gardner many years ago. It took him quite a while to actually buy the plans for the Marblehead Skiff from Mystic Seaport, then it took several years to build the boat. The original plans called for a 14' boat, which he scaled up to 16'. He built the boat using white oak frames and ribs, along with marine fir planking, which he fastened with copper rivets. The transom is mahogany, thwarts are pine, spars are Sitka spruce, and the tiller and oars are from ash. The rig uses a sprit-rigged main sail with a jib.
Rene Burdahl of Innvik, Norway built a sailing canoe (listed here elsewhere) and a 14'9" Lowell Dory Skiff. Rune got the lines for both boats from John Gardner's book Building Classic Small Craft. The skiff uses Norway Pine planking, larch frames, seats, and knees. The ribs and modified raised transom are made of elm wood. Transom was modified to take an outboard motor. The skiff is oil finished. Rene is also building a 26' Paul Gartside cutter, using plans from Stimson Marine.
"A delight to row, and fast" is how Stuart Pettingell describes his L.F. Herreshoff 17 pulling boat modified by John Gardner (found in "Building Classic Small Craft"). Stuart spent 11 months on the construction, launching the boat in July of 2001. He modified the construction a bit, replacing the single 16' bottom board called for by Gardner with a 4' side keel batten and 1 x 1 mahogany keel.
Bruce Bowlen built this George Chaisson designed dory tender from information given in John Gardner's "The Dory Book." The bottom and planking are made from plywood, stem and skeg from oak, and transom and remaining parts from mahogany. Fastening was done with silicon bronze screws, then the entire boat was epoxied, with a layer of fiberglas cloth on thee bottom for added strength. Launched in July 2001 Bruce rows his dory on Lake Champlain, VT. Contact Bruce at 576 Owls Head Hill, Dorset, VT 05251.
Andy Rockwood launched this John Gardner Surf Dory on June 24, 2001. He built the boat for Stuart Walker of North Muskegon, MI, who plans to use the boat on the Great Lakes. Andy built the boat using traditional methods with white pine planking on white oak frames. The bottom is mahogany with a 1/2" false bottom of oak for abrasion resistance. Fastenings are bronze screws and copper rivers. Andy writes that he had a lot of help on the rivets from his wife.
Starting with the plan for the Chaisson Dory in John Gardner's "The Dory Book," Dennis Rogers rounded her hull and used double-diagonal planking based on the Ashcroft system to make this lovely tender, LAZY BIRD. Noting that she is a joy to row, he plans to build a nice pair of oars more suitable for the boat. When he is not rowing, Dennis powers her with an electric outboard.