BUILDS AND RESTORATIONS
Over the years the Bayles Boat Shop has undertaken many small wooden boat projects. These projects, whether contracted with individuals or initiated by us as a fund raising effort, have ranged from full restorations of classic wooden boats to individual one-time repairs whether it be a rotted transom or a cracked hull. In addition to the above, we allot space each year to building a small wooden boat of a selected design which is raffled off each Summer at the culmination of our annual Quick & Dirty Boat Building Competition. Our current years raffle boat can be viewed under current projects.
In Fall of 2018 we initiated our Student & Youth Boat Building Program. Working under close supervision with several of our dedicated volunteers, the program is designed to introduce 14 to 18 year-olds to basic boat building skills and techniques. We are excited about this new program and look forward to expanding it to include more complex building projects and required skillsets. This student boat build can also be seen below in our current projects.
Shown below are the projects currently underway in our shop. We invite you to stop by and we'll be more than happy to give you a tour and explain each build. In the mean time, simply click on any of the photos to see highlights of that projects progress.
1954 Pirate Restoration
This vintage 5 Meter, One-Design Pirate was built in East Germany and how it ended up here in Long Island NY is still an unsolved mystery. This project started in June '16 and is a near total restoration. The Pirate is carvel planked with mahogany on oak frames with wide-planked mahogany decking. Newer materials and detailed upgrades have made this Pirate truly a one-of-a-kind sailboat and will (hopefully) keep her sailing for another 60+ years.
16' Prospector Canoe
This "workhorse of the North" was designed and built to meet the specific needs of the prospector - good maneuverability with capacity to carry substantial loads. It is considered the ideal all-round canoe. This craft came to us partially completed due to its original owner/builder unable to finish her due to ill health. She’s cedar stripped with ash, mahogany and walnut trim/accents and sports natural-caned seats. THIS IS OUR 2019 RAFFLE BOAT
1974 Dyer Midget
The Dyer Dhow Midget is the smallest and most popular of the Dyer line and is the perfect tender and day sailor for most auxiliaries and cruisers. The versatile 7'11" "Midget" is easy to handle when puttering around and equally easy to de-rig and stow away. This rowing model (with 2 oarlock positions) was brought in for some much needed refurbishment. We will also be adding a dagger board trunk making it ready to accept a sailing rig.
Sassafras 12 Canoe
This Chesapeake Light Craft kit was selected as our 2018-2019 Student/Youth Boat building project due to its ease in building technique particularly for first time boatbuilders. It is constructed of okoume marine plywood using a modified stitch-and-glue technique called Lapstitch. Designed for a single paddler and ultralight (a mere 28 pounds), the Sassafras 12 is a classic "pack canoe". Light enough to carry in one hand while you carry your fishing rod and tackle box in the other.
Shown are just some of the watercraft Bayles Boat Shop has built, restored or repaired over the years. If you see a particular design that sparks your interest or maybe dreamed of building someday please contact us or stop by. We will be happy to discuss with you how to make your dream become a reality. There are so many design possibilities to get excited about!