MDIHS Embraces Building 22-foot Skiff



BAR HARBOR — A 22-foot St. Ayles skiff is beginning to take shape at Mount Desert Island High School. A kit for the craft was donated to the boatbuilding class as part of a pilot program by WoodenBoat and Hewes & Company.

Mount Desert Island High School shop teacher George Deans demonstrates the use of a breast drill during construction at the MDIHS boatbuilding class Monday, April 11. — ISLANDER PHOTO BY EMERSON WHITNEY
Mount Desert Island High School shop teacher George Deans demonstrates the use of a breast drill during construction at the MDIHS boatbuilding class Monday, April 11. — ISLANDER PHOTO BY EMERSON WHITNEY

 

With the help of area boatbuilders, Robert “Chummy” Rich of Bass Harbor Boat Shop; Bill Wright from John Williams Boatyard; Art Paine, a writer for Maine Boats Homes & Harbors, A.W. Pettegrow of Southwest Harbor; Richard Stanley from Great Harbor Boat Works; John Kachmar from Wilbur Yachts; and others, the class has finished building the frame for the boat, gluing it, mounting the molds and shaping the inner mahogany keel.

“It’s coming along slowly but surely,” said Sam Joy, a high school senior in the class. “We’re getting a lot of real-life experience out of this. We’ve made errors and had to fix them. And I think it’s pretty cool that all these people are coming to show us what to do. They see stuff we can’t see. It’s been a great experience so far.”

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