I just spent 3 weeks at WBS and, as last year, I had a blast.
In our 2 week building class "Building the Core Sound Sailing Skiff" we had a top notch class of 8 students all with real woodworking skills and some knowlege of boats. Our instructor, Walt Ansel of Mystic Seaport was fantastic.
In 2 weeks, the 9 of us turned a pile of lumber into a boat sufficiently finished to launch.
Pictures can be found at
( http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4289457923 )
Core Sound Skiff
The boat is a bit over 18 feet in length and about 5 feet across the beam. A work boat with a very flat bottom and very shallow draft (CB up probably about 2-3") The design is from the outer banks of NC and apparently hasn't been built in about 100 years. The plans were obtained from the maritime museum in Beaufort, NC.
This class got me to wondering... Our crew of reasonably skilled workers put in around 800 man hours of labor to produce this boat. Everyone was impressed with the quality of workmanship and materials. It got a coat of bottom paint, primer above the water line and still needed some finish work inside. The plan was for an oiled (not varnished) finish. How much would such a boat cost if one were to try to buy it?