DIY Boat Projects
Boatbuilding instructor Greg Rössel joins host Rich Hilsinger in demonstrating a handful of woodworking projects the viewer can do at home. While some of these items can be purchased at a local marine emporium, nothing quite beats the joy of turning out a custom-made piece of your own design. The episode focuses primarily on hand-tool projects—along with some minor bandsaw work.
The project list includes the design and fashioning of a traditional wooden cleat, which is simple and fun to make. Have you ever wondered how to figure out deck curvature? Greg demonstrates a practical jig to get that shape right the first time.
We also cover a classic repair project. Occasionally, a wooden boat requires a small piece of wood—a “dutchman” or “graving piece”—to be fitted into their boat’s fabric to repair damage from rot or impact. Rich will show how to fit such a piece accurately and quickly, in a way that matches the original wood around it—and requires only a small amount of adhesive for installation. Finally, we demonstrate a safe, low-tech way to successfully pour lead ballast in a centerboard. The discussion includes potential sources of lead, the necessary tools, various heating elements, personal protective gear, and lots more.