BOAT SHOP BOYS (Day Care For Old Men!)
Established in 2004 in the new Pendleton Building, the Boat Shop is home to a well-run work shop that is filled with equipment and tools designed to assist our volunteers woodworkers. The RFM Boat Shop is open and busy on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-12:00. The volunteers work at building, repairing, reconditioning and restoring wooden boats that have ties to the area.
Pete, our fearless leader!
There are many projects underway in this busy shop. An important one is the Foggy River, a 42 ft. deadrise (V-bottom with cross planking) open boat with a small cabin forward and a round stern. The round stern permitted the boat to lie stern to the sea making work in the Bay much easier. Periodically the vessel is hauled out in order to scrape barnacles, paint the bottom and topsides. The Foggy River is used by the Education Committee to demonstrate the different equipment used in pound net fishing, crab dredging, oystering and crab potting. Kids of all ages are enthralled by this hands-on display!
Each year the volunteers build a wooden skiff to sell. The attention to detail is amazing! The crew also assists the Model Shop crew to operate a nautical flea market in the fall. The proceeds provide important funding for the Museum.
Boat Shop volunteers serve as coaches for the annual Family Boat Building event in June. Families build a 9 ft. rowing skiff over a period of 3 days…. then they take the boats home!
If you have an interest in joining this exciting work, you do not need specific skills or experience, only the motivation to help preserve these wooden boats that are so important to the area.
Bill and Tom working the machines
Interested in joining this crew? Contact the Museum at 804-453-6529, or better yet, stop by the shop on Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 9-12 and say hi.