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
Building a Simmons Sea Skiff
[Photo by Barry Donahue]
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.
Old Wharf Dory Company
170 Old Chequessett Neck Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Shop hours are 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
Please call only during these times. Thanks.
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