I have taken several boatbuilding classes in Maine, have taught boatbuilding to youths and have worked on and helped build several boats over the years. I am interested in sailing and have paddled a sea kayak extensively
.A selection of boats I've worked on are below. The first boat is the Karl and Jean, a late gold rush era ship's tender collected by the founders of the San Francisco Maritime museum, Karl and Jean Kortum. This boat, which I call the Chubby Double Ender, was built in Australia, since the green bent parts are of gum wood. The original planks are of ocotillo, a South American hardwood. The new planks are Alaskan Yellow Cedar. The oars used at the launch were purpose built by Ray Speck. This boat is the source for Ray's longer, recently completed, centerboard version. The Karl and Jean was restored in San Francisco in the Dolphin Club Boatshop by a crew of volunteers, led by Jon Bielinski, the long time boatbuilder there. I gave more than 25 Mondays to the restoration. The planks in the boat are longer on one side than the other. She sailed straight in the southern hemisphere.