The build takes approximately 30 hours. The company recommends dry-building the frame before hammering nails and driving screws.
The wood, sourced from sustainable, plantation-grown timber, bends to the ribs to take the shape of the hull.
We happen to live a mile or so from Lowell’s Boat Shop, the historic home of the classic New England dory, founded in 1793. We took the boat down to the shop to show it to manager Graham McKay. “It’s a peanut!” McKay said, admiring the design.
Working with the epoxy mix is like the rapport between Rocky and Adrian: "She's got gaps, I got gaps. Together we fill gaps."
Stain the interior, then prime and paint the exterior. We went with classic marine blue.
Oarlocks, for which you'll need to buy actual oars as they're not included in the kit. Balmain sells timber oars for $149.
We're naming the boat the Loon, after the birds that wake us up at dawn when we're up on the little lake in Maine where the boat will spend its days. Owen Sullivan and Nate Lambert take her on her maiden voyage.