Boat Construction

For as long as I can recall I have had a passion for boats. E. B. White wrote “Waking or sleeping I dream of boats.” Sometimes I question the wisdom of all this dreaming, but I do relate to it and enjoy designing and building small boats. In addition to my own designs, I also build boats drawn by other designers. I specialize in hulls built with marine grade plywood.

I have built dozens of kayaks, canoes, rowboats and skiffs in the 12 to 20 foot range.

More substantial boat projects include a Redwing 18 and Ness Yawl. The Yawl is a striking 19’ open boat designed by Scotland based Ian Oughtred. Redwing is a Karl Stambaugh designed camp cruiser. I chronicled her construction in a how-to series for WoodenBoat magazine.


I have also worked on interiors of larger power and sail boats; designing, creating and installing cabinets, furniture, doors and trim work in hulls built by other shops.

If you are considering having a boat built and she’s under 20 feet in length touch base. Let’s talk about making your boat dream come true.


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3 Canoes Railbird Ness in Shop Ness Interior

Ness Thwart Ness Rudder Ness Bow Ness Forward

Ness Center Board Redwing Cockpit Redwing in Shop Redwing Underway

Coaming repair Bay Skiff Model Phoenizx III centerboard Phoenix III

Phoenix III Phoenix III