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Taking Lines Off Small Craft

Learn the basic skills and techniques to capture the lines off old boats

July 23 – July 29
Brooklin, Maine
Warren Barker
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This is a five-day course ending on Friday

Over the years, numerous methods have been devised to measure and record the shapes of boats whose original lines plans, if they ever existed, have passed into oblivion. In this course, Warren Barker will lead students through the hands-on process of setting up for an accurate take-off of the shape of a boat that will then be transferred to a full-sized lofting. You will also record scantlings, the dimensions of all the parts and pieces that go into the boat. The course will touch on other aspects of documenting boats as well. The boat you will be using in the course is LOUISE, one of the traditional rowing boats in WoodenBoat School’s fleet of watercraft. At 14’4” LOA with a 49” beam, she is a great example of a small, Whitehall-style pulling boat. Like so many boats that have had their lines taken, her history is a bit of a mystery. We know she was built in the 1930s in Christmas Cove, in midcoast Maine, for a local family (the same family that donated the boat to the school many years later). Like so many small boats built during that time, she has no plans or other documentation. By week’s end, LOUISE will have the lines that builders can follow in creating boats of the same model.



  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience.  The course is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very little about the subject.  Students should pay more attention to suggested readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a low level of activity throughout the week including: occasional standing and working, seating is usually available, working on your own project at your own pace is common.

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