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A Skin-On-Frame Joel White Shearwater



Richard Lovering has been putting in some long days lately, absorbed in the final stages of construction of a skin-on-frame pulling/sailing boat based on a Joel White design, the Shearwater, 16 foot lapstrake double-ender. Here are some pictures taken as he was stitching the skin on. Since then the nylon has been dyed black and sealed with polyurethane.  The frame is surprisingly light. He has installed a compartment along the keelson to hold a couple steel plates weighing 100 pounds each for ballast. The sails will be fashioned from hardware store canvas drop cloth sealed with Thompson's Waterseal. 



There is enough space to stretch out and sleep on the deck, so it'll be perfect for gunkholing around the San Juan Islands. I can't wait for the initial sea trials in Commencement Bay. It will be cool to see how she performs compared to my Joel White Pooduck Skiff!




Ricardo -

Nice work. I think your boat is cool. Hope to hear about your sailing adventures.

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