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Head Boat

January 10, 2019
A few days ago, I started a new project - a Chesapeake Bay head boat.

Boatshop

I had never heard the term "head boat" when a modeling friend of mine, Web, suggested I build one, so I asked him to describe it. Turns out there are two types of fishing charter boats on the Bay. One is chartered by a small group of 6-8 people for an afternoon of fishing. The charter often includes an onboard meal. These charters run around $1,000 - $1,200 for a morning or afternoon session. That's a bit expensive for some folks, so they turn to the head boats where the rate is about $50-$65 per head. These boats are often larger and can carry upwards of 50 passengers. They tend to be rather boxy in shape, they have a protective canopy, and feature a small pilot house with a closet-sized head immediately behind it. The goal is to leave as much room as possible for the paying guests. Miss Violet, as seen in the picture above, is typical and is my inspiration for this model. I won't be building an exact copy however.This model is being built at 1:16 (3/4"=1') and will be about 30" long.

It turned out that I still had the molds and build board for my round-stern workboat, so I decided to re-use those and simply put on a flat stern instead. As you can see below, as of today, I got the chine logs and fist side planks on and then started planking the bottom.

First Side Plank
First Side Plank
Bottom Planking
Bottom Planking

January 14, 2019
Bottom planking is done and I have a second side plank on each side. The staving went slowly - took a couple of days. I always seem to struggle with the staving but it came out OK in the end. A couple of small holes that will need to be filled where my fitting wasn't perfect. The hull just has a first sanding. I'll wait until I get the rest of the planks on to do the final shaping of the bow and a final sanding.

Next step will be to add the frames so I can put on the remaining side planks.

Side View
Side View
Inside Hull
Inside Hull
Bow Staving
Bow Staving
Bow Staving
Bow Staving

January 15, 2019
I started on the frames late yesterday afternoon and got them finished up by lunchtime this morning. This afternoon, I got the remainig two planks on each side of the hull. These headboats don't seem to have much of a rise at the bow and the sheer doesn't dip down at midships, so I put one more short plank on each side toward the bow. Tomorrow, I'll decide what the sheer should look like and cut it down.

Frames
Frames
Hull Planks
Hull Planks

January 16, 2019
Got the sheer cut down this morning. Spent the afternoon working on the beams and carlins for the deck.

Sheer
Sheer
Beams & Carlins
Beams and Carlins