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The Boat Builders Relaunch

May 28, 2014
News: Event Reports, Subgroups

After a period of inactivity, The Boat Building Subgroup (BBSG) is starting up again. With renewed interest of a few members, some organizational meetings were held to explore how to get the BBSG back afloat.

In January, at the urging of the Guild Steering Committee, Bob Couch and Jon Seigel gathered about a half dozen interested members to an organizational meeting in Concord. We discussed if we should reorganize and what directions the BBSG could take. During that first meeting, we developed a questionnaire to be distributed to the BBSG members. We wanted to get a feeling of the members interests and what skills they had, could teach, and/or wanted to learn. With less than ten people responding, we got a little information to lead us.

We met for a follow up meeting to review the results of the questionnaire. We found that there were as many interests in types of boats as there are types of boats. Most members wanted to build a specific boat from scratch or kits, ranging from kayaks to sailboats to small powerboats. Most liked an individual project but would entertain a group effort. Restorations were also considered. Almost all expressed a need to learn more. There seemed to be enough interest to restart the BBSG meetings

Since Nate Carey stepped down from the BBSG lead position, we had to select a new leader. Everyone at the organizational meeting took a step back and left me front and center. Actually, I gladly accepted the position. In reality, I know close to nothing about boats. But I think I share the enthusiasm of the other interested members in wanting to learn and build and take on a challenge. I will try, with the help of the group, to find interesting projects, teachers, and plans that we can enjoy - all with the ultimate goal of building that boat that we’ve been dreaming about for years.

Please consider adding the BBSG to your list of interests. You don’t need any particular boat building skills. Just come with some interest, passion, dreams, and it might help if you can talk like a pirate.

The meetings restart in May at Andy Johnson’s where he is restoring a Jersey Speed Skiff. This involves oak frame steam bending and copper riveting.

Submitted by Stan Paras

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