During the winter of 2005 the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association is building two Rangeley rowing skiffs from plans by Newfound Woodworks of Bristol New Hampshire.

This is a work in progress with planned completion date of (late) Spring 2005.

"The Rangeley Boat is a distinctive American sporting boat that has been in use on the Rangeley Lakes of Maine for something like 100 years, and was well known to past generations of fishermen for its numerous excellent characteristics. It was not limited to the Rangeleys, for by 1900 it was in common use by fishermen on the Belgrade Lakes, on Sebago Lake, and on other lakes in western and southern Maine." from Building Classic Small Craft, Vol. 1 by John Gardner

The boat building class is made up of about 20 students of which about a dozen are present at each class meeting. The class meets twice a week for three hours, with a (very) loosely scheduled duration of eight weeks, depending on progress.

Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four Week Five Week Six Week Seven Week Eight Week Nine
Week Ten Week Eleven Week Twelve Week Thirteen Week Fourteen Week Fifteen Week Sixteen Week Seventeen Week Eighteen Week Twentytwo

Week One
3/4" birch plywood 4'x8' sheets were ripped lengthwise to form stock to layout station patterns from the plans.
Plans were laid out on the form stock and transfered to the stock using pins and battens.
Week Two
Forms were then sawed from the stock and edges sanded to the pattern line.
Weeks Three and Four
Strongbacks were constructed, squared and leveled.
Forms were set in place creating plank fastening stations and showing the hull shape.
Bowstem was made up of strips of Ash epoxied together and clamped over the bow form.
Week Five
Keelson was laid and shaped to the forms.
Keelson was epoxied at the bowstem. After some final shaping the forms are ready for the planking to begin.
While the station forms were being cut and placed on the strong back other students worked on cutting and shaping the Western Red Cedar stock for the strips to be used for the hull planks. Eight foot sections were scarfed together so the final result would be 16 foot strips with bead and cove edges. Scarf details
The strips were run through a router, all strips were passed through with the bead bit. The coving was done only as the strips were needed to lessen the chance of damaging the thin edge.
The strips stapled to the forms, edge glued with carpenters glue, strips were alternately place port and starbord.
Strips stapled to each station.
Three strips in place on the forms.
Week Six
Planking continues, strips are added alternately to port and starbord to keep the boat in balance.
A small bead of carpenters glue is laid down in each cove before the plank is set.
The outer bowstem in made up.
The keelson on the second boat is shaped and fitted in place.
Accent stripes of Sitka Spruce are added between the Westeren Red Cedar.
Planks are epoxied to the inner bow stem.
The outer bow stem is dressed and ready for shaping to the planked hull.
Coving of planks continues as planks are needed for the boats.
Boat 1 gets planked through the turn of the bilge and planking starts on boat 2.
Boat 1 takes shape.
Week Seven
As boat 1 nears planking completion boat 2 shows progress. Boat 1 appears a little beamier and there is more twist to the planks. Even though both boats were built from the same plans boat 1 was shortened by 1 foot so the boat will fit on the deck of the Appledore.
The bow planks are trimmed and beveled to fit flush to the bow stem and keelson.
Transom and planks prior to trimming on boat 1.
More progress
Week Eight
As the boats continue to be planked our chief technical advisor carefully looks over the plans and construction notes.
More progress
Fitting takes place on boat 1 for the final planks against the keelson.
The planking is complete on boat 1 and staples are removed. The next step is to fair the hull with block planes and longboards.
"So that is what a boat looks like".
Planking progresses on boat 2.
Week Nine
Boat 1 is faired with block planes and sanding blocks.
The bow stem is epoxied in place on boat 1, waxed screws hold it in place until the epoxy sets.
Final planks are set in boat 2.
Week Ten
The builders of boat 2 discuss the necessity of the final plank.
6 ounce fiberglass cloth is laid over boat 1 and epoxy is applied with brushes and squeeges.
The cloth is split to be fitted to the bow.
Several coats of epoxy with white pigment are added to the hull to fill in the cloth weave and smooth the hull prior to painting.
Fairing of boat 2 begins.
Week Eleven
Boat 1 had three coats of white pigment expoxy applied over two layers of 6 ounce fiberglass. The keel is attached to boat 1.
Bow stem of boat 2 is worked to it's final shape.
The keel on boat 1 was covered with two layers of glass cut on the bias.
The keel on boat 1 was then faired with epoxy mixed with fairing compound.
Both boats are making progress.
Week Twelve
Boat 1 is faired and has a coat of primer and is ready to be lifted off the forms.
What have we here Doctor?
It's a Boat!
Work begins on the inside hull on boat 1 to smooth the inner hull.
Boat 2 has one coat of epoxy and is ready for fiberglassing.
Both boats continue to make progress.
The inside of the hull of Boat 1 has been sanded and the sheer cut to it's final shape. Voids are filled prior to the inside being glassed.
Boat 2 has been fiberglassed with a single layer of 6 ounce fiberglass overall and a second layer on the bottom from the turn of the bilge to the keel.
Week Thirteen
Boat 2 has the keel attached and classed.
Boat 2 is sanded before final fairing.
The inner hull of Boat 1 is glassed with a single layer overall and a smaller layer on the bottom.
Gun'ales are attached to boat 1.
A boat builder can never have enough clamps!
Week Fourteen
Boat 2 is removed from the forms and work begins on the inner hull.
The seat cleats are set in place and the seats cut to fit on Boat 1.
The foredeck is attached to Boat 1.
Week Fifteen
Fairing continues on the inside of Boat 2.
The seats are fitted on Boat 1.
Week Sixteen
Boat 1 hull is painted.
The foredeck for Boat 2 is assembled.
Inside of Boat 2 is glassed.
Week Seventeen
Boat 1 is painted inside and out.
Stern seat for Boat 1 is assembled .
The Gun'ales are fitted to Boat 2.
Week Eighteen
Boat 2 is glassed both inside and out.
Foredeck is installed on Boat 2.
Week Twentytwo
As Boat 2 nears completion our chief technical advisor relaxes in the cradle.
Final Assembly take place.
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