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Despite choosing a career as an auto mechanic, Joseph LaBella's lifelong dream was to build a boat as a dedication to his father, who introduced Joe to boating when Joe was just 3 years old. Joe used no plans in the construction, just a scale drawing of his desired outcome. PAUL W., named for his father, is 16' x 5'5". Joe used white ash for the frames and keel, kingplanks, and dashboard, 1/4" plywood for the bottom, and 1/4"plywood sides covered with 5/16" Spanish cedar planking. Though he is currently using a 1966 Evinrude 40hp outboard which gives a cruising speed of 20 mph, Joe is looking to modify the motor to increase speed. Joe spent 440 hours building PAUL W. and launched it on June 3, 2001.
June 01, 2001