Building A Boat

Stem, fwd keel piece and two deadwood pieces all bolted using 1/2" and 3/4" diameter galvanized bolts
Stem, fwd keel piece and two deadwood pieces all bolted using 1/2″ and 3/4″ diameter galvanized bolts

This is a pictorial account of an on-going project to build an historic fishing boat the traditional way.  There are over 500 photos, most of which are captioned to explain the process.

Lion, at 40 feet and approximately 22 tons, is typical of small fishing schooners found in New England waters around 1800.

The keel was laid in June, 2012. Planking began in early 2017, and will continue at least through 2019. See the Planking page for the most recent work.

The pages that follow attempt to depict what’s been done to date and how.

Aft frames
Aft frames
Port side aft. Freshly steambent plank.
Port side aft. Freshly steambent plank.

Comments on either the website or the boat will be greatly appreciated. You can contact me (Mike Danesi) at mnldanesi@gmail.com.