Johnny’s 14ft Whitehall leaves the workshop on launch day
Boat Building Academy student Johhny Tyson built this John Gardner-designed 14ft Whitehall together with his pal Jerry Reeves, and launched it down at Lyme along with other students’ projects back in June.
The materials Johnny used were West African mahogany on oak with a West African mahogany keel. I gather that following the launch he took it to the Portsoy Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.
There are photos of the build here at Johnny’s website.If you happen to run a boatbuilding business, need staff and like what you see, I gather he’s looking for a suitable job…
I should point out that John Gardner’s books are a tremendous body of work if you’re interested in American boat types, and some of them have been available at very keen prices in recent years it’s well worth checking– I’d suggest in particular that Building Classic Small Craft including 47 sets of boat building plans is a bargain at less than £15.
My thanks to Academy principal Yvonne Green for the photos.
For more on student launches at the Boat Building Academy, click here.