On Friday, July 21, students of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding launched...
On Friday, July 21, students of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding launched multiple student-built boats.
Boatbuilding Instructor Bruce Blatchley guided students through a broad range of techniques, including strip plank and cold-molded construction, curvy and complicated laminated bench supports, lightweight and hollow spruce spars, fine joinery, and steam bent coamings.
Students also launched a 10.5-foot carbon fiber dinghy, surprisingly lightweight at only 70 pounds. Guided by boatbuilding instructor Korey Ruben, the students employed traditional techniques to meticulously fit and shape the foam core and carbon fiber into the dinghy mold. The project got a boost from Cape George Marine Works, who lent the mold for the students' use.
These two boats already have places to sail home to. The Marsh Cat will be warmly welcomed to the city of Kennewick on the Columbia River, while the carbon fiber dinghy will act as a tender to the 109-year-old 36-foot raised deck cruiser GloryBe.