Old Wharf Dory - Boatbuilders

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    Hello. My name is Walter Baron. I run the one-man boat shop you see on these web pages. I build boats using wood as the main structural material, one at a time, in my shop in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Check out what's new in the Shop Log or Photographer's Journal

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    Building a Simmons Sea Skiff
    [Photo by Barry Donahue]


    18' Wide Guide
    Beautifully Finished
    Using techniques ranging from Traditional Lapstrake to Plywood on Frame to modern Plywood/Epoxy/Fabric composite construction, I can build a boat suited to your particular needs.

    Most of my boats are based on traditional designs that have stood the test of time and sea. They are not the fastest or glossiest boats on the waterfront. They are comfortable and efficient, gaining character and patina with use, age, and care.

    In this age of rising fuel costs I would like to emphasize the advantages of wood boats. Most wood boats, especially those built with modern composite wood-epoxy-fiberglass construction, are much lighter than GRP (Glass-Reinforced Plastic) boats. This means that a boat of a given size can be powered with a smaller motor to produce the same performance. There are many designs, both traditional and modern, that fall into this category. One such design is the Atkins NINIGRET, a 22' skiff that can be powered with motors ranging from 25 to 60 HP. Another is the D-19, by Tracy O'Brien. The D-19 that I built has a 75 HP motor, and does close to 35 knots.

    Another advantage of wood boats is that the main structural material, wood, is a renewable resource. Trees still grow, unlike oil, which is a finite resource . The use of nonrenewable materials, such as epoxy adhesives and coatings add to the longevity of a boat and reduce maintenance. Added benefits include the beauty of wood, and the increased comfort due to wood's ability to absorb vibration.

    Sailing and rowing are also good ways to enjoy being out on the water in this age of rising fuel costs. I have built sail boats from 12 to 35 feet. There are many good sailing dory designs, both traditional and modern. Recent rowing dories include a nice 17' Swampscott, a traditionally built Nahant Dory, and an ultra light Gloucester Gull rowing dory that weighed 90 Lbs., and won its class in the Rhode Island dory races in 2006. You can see photos and read more details in the RECENT PROJECTS archives. I will be adding some designs to think about on my new BOAT IDEAS page.

    Recent boats have been in the 12' to 20' range, mostly sport fishing and pleasure use, with a couple of small work boats in the mix. Row, sail, or power, custom design or stock plan, contact me to discuss and build a boat suited to your particular needs.


    PhotoCapeCod.com -- Please visit my photography web site galleries! -Walter

    Old Wharf Dory Company
    170 Old Chequessett Neck Road
    Wellfleet, MA 02667
    508-349-2383
    Shop hours are 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
    Please call only during these times. Thanks.
    E-mail: info@oldwharf.com

    Custom-built Boats | Wide Guide Skiff | Lumber Yard Skiff | Billingsgate Bass Boat
    Simmons Sea Skiff | Old Wharf Dory | Composite Hull | Purchase Boat Plans


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