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Building boats and memories

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:08 am

For the 15th year the Reedville Fishermens Museum hosted a boat building workshop over the weekend. Beginning with parts on Friday, by noon Sunday the amateur builders had skiffs ready for the water and were able to launch and row them on Cockrells Creek.

Dick Doyle, who directed the museum’s workshop for 10 years, served as a sort of director emeritus at the boat building.

Doyle said Sunday that the boat building idea started about 20 years ago and was picked up by organizations like the museum across the country. After a few years of sort of a standardized approach, it was dropped and each developed its own program, he said.

Jay Rhomann designed the boats built in Reedville. They are nine and a half foot skiffs made of marine plywood and fir. Rhomann’s original design has been slightly modified so that the skiffs can use very small outboard motors, Doyle noted. The skiffs are called “Models,” named after Rhomann’s granddaughter.

Each year volunteers cut out the necessary pieces in the museum’s workshop for the skiffs and have them ready when the boat builders arrive. “Everything is cut and prepared for them by the shop,” Doyle noted.

Pick up a copy of the June 28 edition of the Northumberland Echo for the full story