The following slideshow illustrates the construction of Sea Quail, a new Haven 12 1/2 built in our Barnstable shop. Follow the progress starting with the first slide:
1. CAD stations cut on a CNC router setup with backbone on the strongback (Jan); 2. Early cedar strip-planking (Feb); 3. Stripping continues; 4. Strip-planking finished and first coat of epoxy applied. Prepping for 1/8" Spanish Cedar cold-molded layers; 5. Hull done, faired, and flipped. (March); 6. Fitting the hardest part (maybe) – the shaped and curvy mahogany sheer strake that gives many Herreshoff's their unique look. (March); 7. Sheer strake and sheer clamp installed, the deck beams, bulkhead and deck begins; 8. Floorboards, seats, and decking proceeds; 9. Installing the long, laminated mahogany coamings requires every clamp in the house per side. Ours show no fastenings since they're covered by the cockpit-facing laminate. (April); 10. & 11. Sea Quail ready to head to Hyannis Port. (June).
Howard Boats owner and racer, Peter Eastman, won the 2005 and 2006 Leo Telesmanick Beetle Cat Championship with a boat that we almost cut up and threw away in the spring of 2005. We took the 1976 Beetle in trade on a new Barnstable Cat Boat during the summer of 2004. It sat outside all winter with no deck canvas on it and no paint. It spent most of the winter filled with ice and under two-plus feet of snow.
When March rolled around we had to decide whether to throw it away or do something with it. We needed a boat for the "Nationals" so we rebuilt it and won the regatta with it. Unfortunately, theses photos don't fully show how truly bad the boat was when we started! Follow along: 1. After re-framing and structural repairs; 2. & 3. Two-part laminated cedar deck in order to add rigidity to boat; 4. Caulking stage; 5. New deck canvas, ash (lightweight) coamings, new cockpit, and paint work; 6. Largay's old Beetle is off to win back to back "Beetle Cat Nationals" championships with Peter Eastman and Mariel Marchand teamed up both times.