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The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats

At the encouragement of friends, Jan and I visited the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) at South Lake Union (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.  This was a quiet Sunday morning; chilled by the previous evening’s dusting of snow and yet, it is a hub of hands-on learning year-round. Boat rentals, classes and workshops, field trips, lectures, and opportunities for direct experience on the water and at the docks are just a few of the things you’ll find when you visit.

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Aftermath

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Shared by Dave Helland

“Here are some pictures of the boat Aftermath, which was finally launched in the fall and is wintering in front of the Empress. You supplied most of the wood for her. The interior was gutted except for the bulkheads, but even they were reclad”

Dave’s dad and grandfather built boats in Powell River; including famed Atkin designs in Powell River in the 40’s.  Atkins were considered individualized designs for the unregimented yachtsmen.

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Jan’s Day Off: Puddleduck

Built by Jan during our early years of family life and marriage, I think it kept him focused and sane.

She has a Howard Chappelle  21’6” fisherman’s launch hull and a William Garden designed cabin structure. Eighteen hundred hours were spent on her creation; starting with the lofting in 1981. Carvel planked of Western Red Cedar with splined seams over traditional steam-bent oak ribs.

Two Year Old Olivia leaning against the Hull Frames

Two Year Old Olivia leaning against the Hull Frames

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