Building a Wooden Boat

Learning to build a wooden sailboat with the boat building experts at Chesapeake Light Craft.

July 31, 2016
in Sail

Patrick Rynne, Fiona Graham, Jennah Caster and Laura Graham are ocean scientists and adventurers at Waterlust, a purpose-driven company that travels the world to create films about water. Recognizing a shared passion for sea-based adventure, marine science, and a love for all things water, Sperry has partnered with Waterlust to explore and embark on new adventures around the world.

As accomplished recreational sailors and lovers of all things water, our friends at Waterlust came to us and pitched the idea of building their own boat. Partnering with the wooden boat building experts at Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis, MD their crew would spend several weeks building a boat from scratch, learning to shape, glue, and assemble a boat entirely from wood. As a brand born from the sea, we were sold on the idea instantly.

Watch the time-lapse video of the team’s boat build and view photos that detail their lessons below.

The boat lines for the Expedition Canoe, courtesy of Chesapeake Light Craft’s design team.

“Together with our friends at Chesapeake Light Craft we are designing and building two wooden craft and taking them 1,000 miles from Norfolk to Miami through the Intracoastal waterway. We’ve never built a boat before, or tried to sail such a distance, but figured it sure would be fun to try!” – Fiona Graham, Waterlust

Modern wooden boatbuilding isn’t just hard work with tools and saws – a great deal of planning, testing, engineering, and thought goes into each design.

Copper wire is used to fasten the planks of the hull together prior to applying fiberglass

It’s not a boat until it can float. Glassing the hulls and sealing the bulkheads allows the craft to stay afloat and water-tight.


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