- Tying bowline knot
- Using a Spanish windlass to exert extreme force
- Measuring, marking, and cutting accurately
- Creating watertight joints
- Identifying wood species
- Drilling, nailing, screwing
- Making and using patterns
- Oiling and painting
This rowboat invites immediate participation of all students. It needs only a little measurement before drilling and screwing. In its initial stages, it does not resemble a boat, more like a giant "V". When the students understand that they will need to bend the hefty ¾" thick pine planks around a single mold, their hearts will beat faster, and many of them will doubt that success is possible. A few well-placed bowlines and some well-coordinated teamwork and the planks are bent and twisted into place.
The boat takes shape comparatively rapidly, resulting in early and lasting investment from the students. The bottom (of the side planks) is planed flat, and bottom sheeting is bent, epoxied, and nailed into place. As the interior is fitted out with knees, seats, and a deck, another pair of students will be working on a pair of oars. Finally, the boat is sanded, painted, and oiled, and is ready for launch. These are great little date boats, where passenger and rower can face each other and flirt. They are stable, durable, and handsome.