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Chesapeake Bay Flattie

July, 2017

I am starting a new scratch-build project - a Chesapeake Bay flattie.

Flattie PlansI am using plans drawn by Howard I. Chapelle as shown in his book, American Small Sailing Craft. Full-size plans (at 1:16 scale) are available from the Smithsonian.

The lines for these plans were taken off an existing boat that was built around 1880 or 1890. This boat was also called a "handscraper" because it was used to drag an oyster dredge that was raised and lowered by a manually operated "winder" or winch.The original was 25' 8-1/4" between perpendiculars so the model at 3/4" scale (1:16) will be just over 20-1/2" between perpendiculars. Because of the rudder, the overall length will be a bit longer.

At the time of starting the model (July 15, 2017) I do not yet have the plans from the Smithsonian, so I am using the table of offsets provided in the book to draw up the molds for each station. As of July 16, I have all the molds drawn as well as the keelson. Wood cutting starts tomorrow!

July 17, 2017

Today, I got the top parts of the molds and the keelson cut out. There is still a part of the molds that goes between the sheer line and the build board that I haven't cut out yet. There's also more work to do to the keelson, such as cutting out the centerboard notch. And, the molds will have to be beveled before I glue them down to the build board. So a ways to go yet before I start planking, but it's beginning to look like a boat!

Molds
Molds
Molds and Keelson
Molds and Keelson