We have been busy this week!
Due to some changes in the building, we've had to spend some extra time and weekends moving things around the shop and clearing out extra stuff. I would love to say we've been "MariKondoing" the place, but all our stuff brings us joy--we just have too much of it. So we've been selling old Chris Craft trumpets on Ebay, giving away wood to woodworkers, and reorganizing and stacking what we can.
Also, YAY we finally have heat in the shop again (just in time for Spring)! So we have been getting caught up on varnishing and painting as much as possible.
And our crew has grown again! WELCOME Isaiah!!
Isaiah is studying Turf Management at GTCC following a long history of loving the outdoors and entrepreneurial endeavors. We are glad to have him here to help us through this busy season!
And here's what everyone's been working on:
Jack has been finishing up the Ski Boat engine box. It's built and ready to be stained and varnished!
Nicholas has been working on the Grand Craft bow section and bottom. It's taken a lot of detail sanding and prepping. He's also removed the damaged frames from the Lyman. Here's a sneak peek of a prepped and ready Pastis getting some beautiful bottom paint.
Brady has been carefully fairing the exterior planking of the 26' Sea Skiff.
Gary's been milling lumbar for days to prep for stem bending frames. The International-12 and the Lyman are about to get some fresh new boards.
He also worked on the engine for the Continental and designed and produced a special tool to pump oil without the engine running.
Everyone also came together to roll the Celebrity and get it ready for some serious action! (See Nicholas chisel)
Please join us at the shop for an open house on March 23rd from 1 to 4 PM!
Welcome to the Lowell Boats blog!
We thought a weekly blog might be a nice way of connecting with our customers and sharing more of what goes on here at the shop.
First of all, welcome to Brady!
We've got a new part-timer here to help us take on more boats and finish up current projects more quickly.
Brady is a certified chimney sweep who is experienced in woodworking and dreams of laying stone walls in England.
We're grateful to have extra hands on deck as we approach boating season.
Here's what we've been working on over the last week:
Jack worked mainly on the 18' Ski Boat and the 19' Barrelback last week. For the ski boat, he worked on wiring the gauges, building a new engine box, and making new spray rails with Gary. For the Barrelback, he did some varnishing--a full coat on the deck.
Nicholas worked on the 18' Continental redoing structural pieces on the starboard side and he worked on the deck structure. For the 20' Grand Craft, he made, designed, and installed the Skeg. He also worked on wiring for the 18' Double Ender.
Gary did caulking for the U-21, worked on the electrical panel for the Double Ender, and milled lumbar for frames for the Int-12.
Check back weekly for updates about our current projects and shop happenings!