Join us at the 25th annual WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, CT, June 24,25,26. I will be at the end of tent A, same as last year, in a booth with Rodger Swanson of Swanson Boat Works and Steve Kaulback, former owner of Adirondack Guide Boats. I will have LYS plans, Old Wharf T-shirts, and a few more goodies. Hope to see you there!
Now, on to the next project- repair of a 17' Gardner/Herreshoff style rowing boat that got damaged in a recent storm.
More photos in the Facebook album...
5/27/16- Here is a link to a project I just completed, restoration of a 50 +- year old, 16' outboard skiff. The boat was built in the late50's or early 60's by the Grandfather of the current owner's wife. He worked in the famous Nevin's boat yard many years ago, and is still alive today. The owners hope to take the old boy out for a ride in the old boat soon .
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.
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.
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.I will be researching advanced methods of wood construction as they become available.
Recent boats built include a custom Nauset Marsh Skiff set up for fly fishing, a Swampscott Dory for the son of the owner of the first Swampscott that I built in 1978, Norrpa, a Savo 650D Finnish racing row boat designed by Ruud Van Veelen, a Cotuit Skiff, and a 19' Drake expedition rowing boat, designed by Clint Chase. As you can see, I am heading in the direction of more rowing and row/sail boats, which is where I would like to go.
Row, sail, or power, custom design or stock plan, contact me to discuss and build a boat suited to your particular needs.
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