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. Since this original postI have built a Sinne 610 and a Savo 575, both designed by Ruud Van Veelan, an 18' work skiff designed by me 30 years ago or so,, and a 20' LYS, and am working on another Nauset Marsh Skiff , as of October 2017.
Row, sail, or power, custom design or stock plan, contact me to discuss and build a boat suited to your particular needs.
Lots of new info is posted on Old Wharf's Facebook page, so click on the little f's you may see on these pages.
New Item added to the Boatshop Store!
I have added the Mora Clipper Companion F, one of the best inexpensive knives for small boat use. Read more about it, and order one here.
The next project is another Nauset Marsh Skiff. I will not be documenting the build, since I just did that on the Old Wharf Facebook page . This one will be very similar, same hull , side decks, console, but with a casting platform forward and one aft of the console. The aft one will fold up for access underneath. I will try to post some stuff from the archives, including Lumber yard Skiffs built from plans. Meanwhile, don't forget the Adirondack Guide Boat I have for sale . There will be a spring price reduction- check it out!
Well, most of the 40th Anniversary T-shirts are gone, except for 4 mediums. Hats are also going, only- 5-! left, so order yours today!
Also, I hope to be adding new items to the store, some interesting and hard to find small boat gear such as knives, dock lines, maybe anchors, some other interesting stuff. Stay Tuned!
The new Logo Hat is now available in the Boat Shop Store !
Well, the 2018 Boat Builder's Show is over. Thanks to all who stopped by to say Hi, and talk about boats. It was a good one, lots of interesting boats and people.
10/2/17 - Next Project-
...Is building another Nauset Marsh Skiff like the one in the slideshow above. This one will stay on the Cape, the owner is from Chatham. I will be posting photos of the build on the Facebook page, and some here also. Here's a recent photo...
10/25/17- I started the build album on Facebook...
3/27/18- The boat is finished, and out the shop door. I brought it to a local marina for motor installation and rigging. The owner has seen the boat and is very pleased.
The 5th Annual Wellfleet Rowing Rendezvous was a great success, despite some foggy, cool and damp weather. We had about 15 boats and 50-60 people . Thanks to all who showed up and made it the success it was - see you all next year!
Old Wharf Dory Co. is the Official US Builder of Puuvenepiste rowing boats, including the race-winning Savo 650 and 575.
Don't forget that I have a great Pat Brown Adirondack Guide Boat for sale on the Boats for Sale page...
The new, full color, 40th anniversary Old Wharf Dory Co. T-shirt is now available on line in the store! Only5 mediums left!
This year, 2017, is the 40th Anniversary of Old Wharf Dory Co.
I started building boats in 1977, in my yard in South Wellfleet. I still have the second boat I ever built, an 8' Pram designed by John Gardner, from the pages of the old National Fisherman. I just refinished it, a photo is below. I have built over 165 boats, ranging from 6'6" to 35'. During that time I was also a carpenter, commercial fisherman, and timber framer. Be on the lookout for some special goodies to celebrate 40 years of boat building including T-shirts, hats, etc. Thanks to all my customers over the years, you all have excellent taste in boats!
My Next Build -
is an 18' Work skiff I designed around 1984 or so. It is wide and low sided, so it sits nicely on the flats at low tide, and is easy to get in and out of. The low sides also make it easy to load and unload gear, bags of shellfish, etc. This boat will replace a 30 year old boat I built in 1986. Here's a link to the photo album.
LOA - 18'0", Beam to inside planking, 7'1", Beam inside at chines, 6'0", Depth amidships, 1'8".
1/16/17 - The 18' Work Skiff is finished. Here's a link to the Facebook album, and a photo of the finished boat-
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...