The Crystal River Boat Builders have, since 2008, been
reviving lost boatbuilding, ship rigging, and woodworking
skills. We have been practicing the arts needed to take a hull
design from a table of offsets (measurements of an actual
boat) expanding those numbers to full size drawings (lofting)
and then to the actual framing and building of a hull.
We have completed - using only hand tools - three small craft. The
first was a 14 foot Chesapeake Sharpie - the fishing boat most
often found on this part of the coast. Next we built a
"flat-iron" skiff, a small rowing boat, which would
have been the common boat used by folks living on the shore of
the gulf or nearby lakes. Then we built a 16 foot pram. Prams
were the "pickup truck" of the waterfront community.
They carried a lot of different loads and performed many tasks
- such as nets and traps and boxes and baskets for fishermen
and crabbers. They were a very stable platform for the tong
In the spring of 2014 the CRBB finished the building the SPIRIT a replica of a 36x12
sailing scow. SPIRIT qualifies as a "Tall Ship."
More information on these craft can be found by follwing the links at the bottom of the page.