Building A Boat


Sixth strake below the sheer plank finally started (August 2019). Upper strakes faired and coated with a preservative.

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 pages listed in the main menu above attempt to depict what’s been done to date and how.

The keel was laid in June, 2012. Planking began in early 2017, and will continue at least through 2020. See the Planking page for the most recent work.

Aft frames
Aft frames

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