What’s Your Story? – Toby Goodrich & Renbrook School

Tiny sailors!

Tiny sailors!

Toby Goodrich sent us these photos of this school projects for one of our image contests, and his photos and story were so cute we had to write a post on it! He and his students spent 2 years building this St. Ayes skiff, the William S. Shipp, to showcase and race representing Renbrook School in West Hartford, Connecticut. These skiffs are part of a growing international class of amateur boat-building that Toby and his students have joined. The team participates in events like the annual Mystic Seaport Wooden Boat Show and the 2013 North American Championships; during the latter, they beat the Canadians and lost a very close final heat to another skiff, Rocking the Boat, from the Bronx.

Our favorite part of Toby’s story, however, would have to be their boat launching methods. On the team’s “Defenestration Day”, they removed the finished skiff from the shop. In order to remove the boat from the building while leaving both hull and house intact, they removed a window and sent their project out of it! To the builders of the William S. Shipp, the TotalBoatShow Team salutes your outside-the-toolbox thinking, which is nothing to “throw out the window”!

Taking the moulds of a boat – Part 1

The process of recreating a design, whether a part or the whole vessel has always happened. Even though it is common practice, it does not mean that the approach people use is the same. A huge number of techniques have developed to achieve this goal, depending on the size of the vessel, location, equipment and manpower available, and the reason behind doing it in the first place also influences the process.

In our example, a small sailing dinghy (14′ Mayflower) was being replicated. No plans or original moulds were available therefore the boat builder (Marcus Lewis) had to gather this information from existing examples. It was the first step in reviving a disappearing sailing class.

UNTIE THE LINES #9 – Charging Up The Batteries


Part 9 of WhiteSpotSpirate’s weekly sailing documentary, “Untie the Lines”:

“This week we are charging up our batteries in Bocas del Toro (Panama). A perfect short vacation with snorkeling, spearfishing and nice dinners with old and new friends before we head back to Shelter Bay to fix my good old Karl.”

What’s your story? – Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson sent us some photos of this gorgeous antique wooden boat for our photo contest, but we just had to show everyone his restoration of her on here! The photos above show this 34′ Marblehead Deck Cruiser from 1938 while she was being sanded, stripped, and repainted. She looks great back in the water!

UNTIE THE LINES #8- Bocas Break

Part 8 of WhiteSpotPirates’ “Untie the Lines” series; a weekly sailing documentary:

“After all the trouble with Karl’s engine breaking down, I decided to take a little break and help Miguel to transfer Arctic Front to Bocas. Dimitrios and I were ready for a little break because we had been working quite a bit on Karl. It was just the perfect passage…but see it yourself!”