Barnwell Boatworks: CONSTRUCTION

Creating Custom Projects Tailored to Exceed Customer Expectations

 

My clients are interested in custom, one-off projects ranging from row to sail to motorboats tailored to meet their unique needs and expectations.  While I am highly experienced with traditional construction methods, I also build modern composite boats, which combine layers of wood and epoxy glued together to form the hull. There’s more of a market for this hull construction in Northern Michigan where the boating season is short and people are interested in boats that require less maintenance because their boats spend more time on trailers, in and out of storage, than in the water.  Additionally, they don’t have to wait for the seams to swell when they launch the boat in spring.

 

While the computer can quickly generate plans using CAD, the traditional style of lofting is my favorite part of boat building.  Lofting requires drawing each individual piece, so I gain a better understanding of the way the boat will go together as I cut and assemble each section. I am not sure the computer would give me the same intimacy with the form and function of each piece and how they connect with one another to finish the boat.

Building Sea Sea: A 16' Runabout
Building a Runabout
Working
Working
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Loft floor
Loft floor
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Set-up
Set-up
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Battens
Battens
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Planking
Planking
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Building a Tender
Plans
Plans
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Molds
Molds
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Plank
Plank
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Stem
Stem
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Clamp
Clamp
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Building a Sloop
Planking hull
Planking hull
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Cypress
Cypress
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Upside down sailboat
Upside down sailboat
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Plank fitting
Plank fitting
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Right side right
Right side right
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Building a Row Boat
Lining out
Lining out
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Cedar Lap-strake
Cedar Lap-strake
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Gains at transom
Gains at transom
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Rowing station
Rowing station
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Finish
Finish
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Building a Picnic Launch
Planking
Planking
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Deck framing
Deck framing
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Priming hull
Priming hull
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Deck
Deck
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Rudder
Rudder
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Building a Mahogany sailboat
Lines
Lines
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Sailplan
Sailplan
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Rivets
Rivets
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Stem Gain
Stem Gain
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Oak ribs
Oak ribs
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