“This is better than anything else going on after school, for sure!”
~ Elias, Student, South Division High School CLC
A sequential, structured, after-school youth development program for 16-20 teens that meets two-three afternoons each week over the course of the fall or spring semester. Youth work together on a large-scale boatbuilding project, learn essential job skills, and participate in guided life-skills activities. Youth who successfully complete a RAFT semester are eligible to apply for a summer paid internship with AHB. RAFT includes an On-The-Water Track for youth, with a focus on rowing, water safety, maritime skills development, and environmental education.
Follow along on our Crew’s progress
on the St. Ayles Skiff
Finally getting closer to planking our boat. First step – cutting and removing our planks from the CNC sheet.
One end of each stem is carefully planed to “mate” with the keelson or hog.
Using a simple curved sanding block to clean up the stems.
Each of the four frames on the St. Ayles Skiff is constructed from two 3/4″ pieces that are glued together with epoxy.
Applying epoxy to the laminated douglas fir strips for the stems.
Laminated douglas fir strips held in place with clamps on our form.
Here we are drawing out the stem’s curvature on one of the two MDF jig templates.
We designed a template to use to create the laminated stems.
The moulds are temporarily held in place with interlocking battens.
All the station moulds are in place.
Positioning all of the moulds.
The spalls are measured and attached to the moulds to strengthen them. The spalls give us a surface to attach the moulds to the strongback.
Preparing to install the first mould.
It is critical that the strongback is plumb and square. It is bolted to the floor.
Here we are using jigsaws to cut the tabs on the sheets holding the station moulds.
Unpacking our CNC parts from Hewes & Co.