Hello, I am Andrew Aylwin. I go to Masconomet Middle School. This week at the Lowell Boat Shop I was working on making floor timbers. The floor timber is the piece that will rest on the bottom of the boat and will hold up the floor. In order to do this I used locust wood, and cut it to size according to what the plans of the Haven 12 1/2 specifications. But the lenght of the floor timber was not on the plans, and was hard to figure out. Thankfully we knew that 1/8 of an inch on the plans is equal to 1 inch in real life. This aloud us to get the right dimensons. We also worked on the mock keel. This is the vey botton of the boat that the counter weight rest on, ( a 600 pound piece of lead). We didn't make the real keel because if we were to make a mistake it would not be as easy to fix.
Lowell's Boat Shop Apprentice Program
This year's Apprentice class on day 1. This year we have seen a spike in interest in the program, especially at a younger level than we are used to. I see it as extremely positive. These guys though have little experience so we are starting slow. They have been cleaning up and setting up their workspace, today they will start making tool boxes for themselves while the older kids finish a dory they mostly built last year. By early next week we should be setting up for our big project this year which is building a Haven 12-1/2 which is a beautiful daysailer. The project was begun by a gentleman who passed away. His widow donated the project in it's various pieces for us to complete with our apprentices. This is going to be a great project for the kids to jump right into the ins and outs of boatbuilding with!