11 Foot Grandy Lapstrake tender

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One of two Grandy tenders that I helped build this year. This one was christened “Pepito” by the owner. She is a beautiful traditional lapstrake or clinker built boat. Red cedar planking on White oak steam bent frames. Her backbone is made of Sapele as well as all interior joinery. Sitka Spruce was selected for the oars. The planks were clench nailed with copper nails as in the old days. No stitch ‘n glue here.

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#1 posted 06-29-2008 04:18 AM

Very well done. I’m planning on building an Aderondack Guideboat this summer. Just need to find some clear Cedar.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 06-29-2008 04:30 AM

All I can say is, “Wow!, that’s beautiful.”

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#3 posted 06-29-2008 04:30 AM

Thanks! Lapstrake is a great way to build, strong and light weight. I’d love to do a Guideboat as well, they have always captivated me with that graceful sheer and tumblehome in the stem and stern posts. We’re lucky up here in the Pacific Northwest to have access to great lumber! Good luck with yours, I’d love to see it when it’s completed.

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#4 posted 06-29-2008 05:35 AM

thats beautiful! wonderful job! thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 06-29-2008 05:47 AM

Hey I live down here in Georgia and have plenty of room in my shop to build a canoe like that. (If that’s what it is) Got any more info? bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#6 posted 06-29-2008 06:08 AM

Actually, it’s not a canoe. This is a 11’6” rowing skiff. It has a flat transom on the back as opposed to a stern post in a canoe. It was built to be a tender for a larger sailing yacht here in the Puget Sound area. It’s primary use will be to get the owner ashore once he’s anchored in a bay some where. The majority of canoes are double ended, narrow beam or width of the boat at the widest part, and use paddles for propulsion. This is a traditional rowing boat using two oars instead of paddles. She’s much fuller up front and beamier as well.

We used lines that were taken off of an ex park service boat to build this one and its little sister a 9 foot version.
The original boat was built by the Grandy Boat company in Seattle, Washington. The company used to make these little beauties as tenders for power and sailing yachts.

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#7 posted 06-29-2008 06:30 AM

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#8 posted 06-29-2008 07:02 AM

My, these are quite the boats. Always admired the old wooden boats. I would think this would be a good business to get into in the right place. Beautiful work by you and your class mates. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-29-2008 10:46 AM

That is a wonderfully beautiful tender! Did you create a bending form for each of the ribs? What did you finish it with? This really is a wonderful boat. Great job!

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#10 posted 06-29-2008 02:13 PM


-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#11 posted 06-29-2008 02:21 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! I love wooden boats and hope someday to make one of my own (probably a canoe or kayak)

Keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#12 posted 06-29-2008 02:38 PM

Pretty and useful! Well done.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#13 posted 06-29-2008 03:24 PM

What a gorgeous boat!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 06-29-2008 03:26 PM

Beautiful boat! Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#15 posted 06-29-2008 03:30 PM

I love it ! I don’t know what else to say.

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