“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

Timeline

2017
March 6

Planks

Planks
Finally getting closer to planking our boat.  First step – cutting and removing our planks from the CNC sheet.
February 22

Stems

Stems
One end of each stem is carefully planed to “mate” with the keelson or hog.
February 8

Stems

Stems
Using a simple curved sanding block to clean up the stems.
February 1

Frames

Frames
Each of the four frames on the St. Ayles Skiff is constructed from two 3/4″ pieces that are glued together with epoxy.
January 25

Stem

Stem
Applying epoxy to the laminated douglas fir strips for the stems.
January 23

Stems

Stems
Laminated douglas fir strips held in place with clamps on our form.
January 11

Stems

Stems
Here we are drawing out the stem’s curvature on one of the two MDF jig templates.
2016
December 14

Stems

Stems
We designed a template to use to create the laminated stems.
November 7

November 7

Moulds

Moulds
The moulds are temporarily held in place with interlocking battens.
November 2

Moulds

Moulds
All the station moulds are in place.
November 2

Moulds

Moulds
Positioning all of the moulds.
October 31

Spalls

Spalls
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.
October 31

Moulds

Moulds
Preparing to install the first mould.
October 31

Strongback

Strongback
It is critical that the strongback is plumb and square.  It is bolted to the floor.
October 31

Strongback

Strongback
Building the strongback
October 26

Here we are using jigsaws to cut the tabs on the sheets holding the station moulds.
October 26

Unpacking

Unpacking
Unpacking our CNC parts from Hewes & Co.