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We’re about ready to start Evelyn's second layer of planking, but first Lou Sauzedde and Ken Boyle need to find the sheer on the outside of the strip planking. To do that, they need to mark the frame heads at the bevel of the deck beams. That’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.


Watch Building Evelyn: Marking the frame heads at the sheer, EP11

Our Mission

Bristol Shipwrights' mission is to preserve and demonstrate traditional woodworking and boat building skills and techniques. More than that, we're working to develop new ways to use the latest tools and materials to help us and you build stronger, more affordable and enduring boats and construction projects of all kinds. The best way we know to do that is to video and share with you our current and future projects. Evelyn is our first project and only the beginning. But we hope you'll join us for each and every video and voyage.  

Meet Evelyn

Rethinking a cruising schooner from the 1920s 

43” o.a x 33” w.l. x 12’ beam x 6’ 5” draft

Able Offshore — Handy — Roomy

Full Keel Schooner

Ready for Delivery

Alden Design No. 270

Join Bristol Shipwrights as we document and video the challenges of building  a  43' Alden 270 schooner.  Whether you're a professional or backyard boatbuilder, a woodworker, or a dreamer, we're confident you'll learn something new about boats and woodwork from our screw ups and successes. 

See the progress we're making on Evelyn

Watch Lou use different planes to fair even the toughest sections of Evelyn in EP 10.

In EP 9, Lou Sauzedde and Ken Boyle start putting together the pieces of the transom frame.