I grew up in a fishing community and owned a small wooden boat with a plank bottom at an early age - a family relative gave me an old 5 hp Evinrude so we spent all our time on the local river in Bon Secour, Alabama. Later when I thought I wanted to be a commercial fisherman, I purchased a used 18' wood mullet skiff that was built locally near Mobile, Alabama. I wish I had never sold that boat although it was a long time ago! The man who built the skiff was Floyd Bosarge, he passed away in the late 90's and his boats are getting scarce.
In recent years I've been looking for this type of commercial/recreational wooden boat but have not had much luck and started getting interested in building one after a lot of Internet research where I found the Brockway type skiffs that had been being built by high school classes. Mr. Brockway was generous with his boat building knowledge along with the folks who helped put the manual together at The Sound School. The informational part of the manual is a great read.
I've built birdhouses and worked on a roofing/construction crew for a few weeks and that's about it so this will be an interesting build! The help I've gotten here on the woodenboat forum has been much appreciated!
This is the second bow stem, the first one split all the way down to the center a couple of weeks after getting beveled. Can't find any 4x4's other than pressure treated in the local lumber yards.
Transom in work
Butt blocks curing on the sides (no MDO in the lumber yards around here - or the sign shop)
Bow stem curing
Sides pulled in around the mold
Boat in the shop waiting for the transom
Ran into a problem installing the transom - when installing I could never get the center line to line up on the mold after running a string from the bow stem to the transom. I tried moving the bow and stern around to get the mold to line up with no luck. I did discover the mold is out of flatness by 1-2" so I will probably rebuild the mold with some straight 2x4's and try again.