Thanks for the comment, boattruck. If you ever make it back East, let me know. You can be the impetus for a seriously overdue for a Chesapeake EBS.
No doubt the big grown knees and the floor timber in the fore are the best parts of the old boat. The idea of starting new may be tempting. And your point about building these boats quick and dirty is duly noted, they are after all, really quite simple.
I spent a good part of the past couple of days trying to clean up and organize, and make some more space in the shop. And today, I rolled her in.
Right now, I am trying to come up with a plan....
In the mean time, here are a couple more sawmill photos.
They are tarring sleepers for a garden shed that they are building. The old timer is Earl, and he is a vigorous 80 years old. He said that in times past, when the farmers had a good white oak log, they would bring it down to the yacht builders in St Michaels or Oxford where they could sell it for better money. Most of those boat yards are gone now, though there several still.