Why Naught Wooden Boat Project

Reg purchased the plans for the Jericho Lobster skiff from the Wooden boat Magazine, October 2009 issue. Reg was particularly struck by the style and lines of the skiff. This being his first boat project he wanted to use a size and material that he could handle by himself.

Reg researched cove mold techniques as well as viewed several web sites of others making this boat. Some technical features included its' design by Joel White. Although a replica of the original boat built many years ago (See Wooden boat magazine Oct 2009) Joel's boat was done with more traditional frame and board construction. The folks at Wooden Boat chose to use a monocoque hull made of yellow cedar strip planked 1" x 1/2" canoe cove mold sheathed inside and out with a West system epoxy and fibreglass, kind of like corrugated cardboard where the structure is glass and the hollow is cedar, sort of like a honeycomb. Each plank is coated on all sides in resin.

We created a mahogany inner and outer keel and transom with a mirror cut walnut deck and console. It has a flared bow and a 10 degree tumblehome transom. The bottom is slightly concave which assists in a faster planing. The high, full and flared bow contributes to a dry ride and handles big water easily.

Reg began to build in December of 2009 (Christmas Day). His wife, Deb, and daughter Jenelle, assisted in cutting the planks from 3 4x8 20 foot planks. We planed and routered each board to its desired thickness… two winters later we completed her hull and turned her over to begin the next chapter. As soon as you see 'Why Naut' you will notice she is not simply a fishing boat. Reg took some creative license and came up with a very stunning interior and top canvas. She was a treasure to build, kind of a cross between a fishing boat and the African Queen.

Her name was chosen because of a friend of Reg’s who visited one day. As she observed a day in the shop she kept shaking her head and asking…why?…why?.…Why Naut!

Jericho Lobster Skiff recognized in the Wooden Boat Magazine September Issue 2014. See the below article.


1949 Ford Coupe Project

This was a fun project with very challenging aspects as the client brought forward some very unique ideas. The cutting and trimming of the tuck and rolls were very demanding as the seats themselves were not vertically straight but the lines were. These seats presented a multi-dimensional complexity. We incorporated drum panels in the doors with blue and white pearl vinyl which added a unique dimension to the interior. A new technology of vinyl was used that feels like fabric and we utilized it throughout the car including the headliner and wind lace. The interior continues to get rave reviews and the response has been great.