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 – six 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 wielding oystermen.
In between working on these chapter-built craft some
members found time to buildt a pirogue, a small plywood skiff,
and to refurbish a 1928 Old Town canoe.
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 following
the links at the bottom of the page.