Dawson Creek Boat

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Project by Boatman53 posted 365 days ago 1785 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this boat for some customers that were huge fans of the TV show “Dawson Creek.” They were devastated when the show ended, and trolled eBay to purchase memorabilia. One of the things that they bought was the original little boat from the TV show, one of the photos is shown above. They wanted me to fix it so they could use it, but it was clearly built as just a TV prop, out of cheap plywood and the seating more suitable for camera angles than actually rowing. I convinced them to have me build a new boat, instead of trying to resurrect something that would rot by next year anyway. Just under 12’ long, and a little over 3’ wide, made out of okoume plywood, mahogany seats, and with oak gunnels.


-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#1 posted 365 days ago

that must have been a fun project. Great looking boat!

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#2 posted 365 days ago

Beautifully done Jim. I can only imagine that your work is tremendously gratifying.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 365 days ago

I have got to get out to meet you and see your shop this summer! That boat looks great, they sure made the right choice – with your direction of course.


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#4 posted 365 days ago

really nice! I think they will really appreciate having a REAL boat to use in the water made by a true craftsman when they are out on the water! Love the mahogony.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 365 days ago

Nice work! Get the fly rod ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 365 days ago

Great looking boat! Nice job! Love it!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 365 days ago

Great looking boat.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 365 days ago

Hi Jim, lovely little boat. It would fit right in where I’m going this weekend.
Check this out
I realize its a little far for you to go on short notice but its a great time.

Nice work Jim.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 365 days ago

Beautiful little boat Jim. You might just have saved your clients lives judging from the looks of the prop boat.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 365 days ago

Impressive project and an interesting story.

-- Eugenie Woodcraft

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#11 posted 365 days ago

A beauty indeed!

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#12 posted 365 days ago

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.
Tony… It is gratifying work if I don’t let my perfectionism get in the way of that enjoyment. Personally I’m not a big fan of plywood boats. This is only the second one I’ve made in thirty years. The first was a “6 hour canoe” built as a demonstration for a family boatbuilding project with the East End Classic Boat Society. Myself and four other volunteers helped six families (adult and child) build their own boats. It was the back story that hooked me into building it for them. I most likely would have turned the project down if they just walked into the shop and said they wanted a plywood boat.
Pete…. Your welcome most any time. I’m there at some point almost every day. But forewarned the traffic is worse this year than ever before. I’ve never seen such rude and aggressive driving as I have so far this year.
Paul… That does look like a fun time.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#13 posted 365 days ago

That’s a sweet lil boat, Jim! Nicely handcrafted. What an honor for someone to bring you a TV prop from their fav show, and ask for a replica!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#14 posted 365 days ago

Nice looking boat.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 365 days ago

Beautiful little boat Jim!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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