Newsletter April 2023

BAWA Meeting April 16, 2023
Combined in person & Zoom meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Frank Ramsay.


Greg Spencer and Lloyd Lagrew??

Program Announcements – Paul Krenitsky

Paul reminded us of the upcoming tour of Bay Maples Urban Sawmill on April 29 in San Jose.

May speaker will be Robert Beauchamp.

We will have the 2x4 contest at our June 25 meeting.

Treasurer's Announcements – Jon Kaplan

Anyone who hasn't paid dues yet, please do. See BAWA site for Jon's address or pay with Paypal.


Tonight' Speaker

Yeung Chan
His 1800's design row boat

Master craftsman, Yeung Chan, brought in the row boat that he built in his single car garage during Covid lockdown.

The design dates back to the 1800's. It weighs about 200-250 pounds, but he has not been able to weigh it but he able to get it into the back of his pickup truck if he lifts up one end at a time.

The boat is 11 feet 7 inches long and 50 inches wide. He used the lapstrake clinker method for the hull.

It is made the hull from 9mm thick Hydrotek marine plywood available from Moore Newton Quality Hardwoods in San Leandro. He was considering making the hull from solid cedar, but the cedar was way too expensive to buy and ship. He used a 2x12 as a base and bolted that to a 4x6 timber to give it extra rigidity. He hand planed the 2x12 to get it straight and square. He made a number of temporary forms to build the hull against.

Methods of building a boat

Upside down method

Right side up method

The forms were made based on dimensions from the plans he had.

Yeung started building the boat upside down, but decided to turn it right side up so he could see if there were any gaps between each lapstrake plank.

Hand told used

He rough cut the keel on his bandsaw. He had to make a ball bearing support at each end of the bandsaw to support the long keel. The transom knee and stem were laminated and formed against plywood forms. He used bronze screws and bolts to attach the keel to the stem

The plywood is not long enough to make the whole run from bow to stern, so he made planed scarf joints to make longer pieces.


All gluing was done with epoxy glue. He did not have any clamps with a deep enough reach to hold the lapped planks against one another, so he made a dozen or so plywood clamps to do the job

Once all the lapped planks were in place, he could remove the temporary forms and add ribs. The ribs were made from air dried quarter sawn oak that he steam bent. He made his own steam chamber. Copper rivets are used to secure the ribs to the lapped plywood.

Yeung said there are probably about 600 of them. Though they go from the outside of the hull to the inside of the ribs, the rivets are not visible from the outside.

The exterior of the hull is painted with white epoxy paint that he applied with a small roller. The interior, transom and gunwale are finished with clear varnish.

Paddle and oars

Handles of oars with sewn leather grips

Yeung made a paddle from ash and a pair of oars from spruce. He used the bandsaw to rough out the shape and then used hand tools (that he made) to add all the rounded edges. He covered the portion of the oars that sit in the oarlocks with leather that he hand stitched.

The bow of the boat needed a metal eye to tie up to, but Yeung could not find one that he liked, so he cut his own U shaped piece from 1/4" thick copper plate, threaded it, soldered it to a flat plate and was happy with the final result.

He also made a small wooden trailer so he could wheel the boat around from his truck to the water or the meeting room. Some of you might have noticed that he made wheel chocks so the trailer would not roll around while in the meeting room.

About the only things he did not make himself were the oarlocks, rivets and bolts.

Jon Kaplan got a chance to row the boat around the lake at Ryan Park in Foster City.

To say that the boat is a work of art is an understatement. It has beautiful lines, something that was important to Yeung when he first decided on the design. And this was Yeung's first boat build. I think Bruce Powell has sore hands from all the applause he gave Yeung at the end of the presentation.

Detailed pictures from Yeung Chan's Boat Construction

Bandsawing main timber

Setting square

Jointing board

Resawing using rollers to keep level

Laminate the Stem on mold

Leave bottom of keel straight

Spline joints

Checking the lines)

Setting shape

Port side

Cutting scarf joint

Cutting ends of copper rivits

Install outwale)

Shapping the keel edge

Fine clean up job of hull)

Shapping paddle

Leather work

Finished inside of boat

After all the work a peacfull row on the lake

Note: We did not have time for Show and Tell, Silent Auction etc. as Yeung's captivating presentation ran long. We will have these at the next meeting.

Minutes by Burt Rosensweig