Is now building three Factory One Designs in its evening boatbuilding program in North Philadelphia.
This boat was designed specifically for the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory’s boatbuilding program as a boat to be built by their young people during the school year and then sailed in their summer sailing program on the Delaware River. The Factory One Design carries on the heritage of small boat sailing on the Delaware. This design combines echoes of the Tuck-ups and other skiffs sailed on the river in the late Nineteenth Century in a boat that gives their students the opportunity to learn traditional lapstrake boatbuilding. Once completed, each boat, crewed by two or three, will sail in races with the others. Over the years a fleet will be built. We hope to interest other kid’s programs in the Mid-Atlantic region in building their own and joining to compete in regattas down the road.
Construction is traditional lapstrake with copper riveted white cedar planking over white oak frames.
Please check out their site! It’s a tremendous program doing incredible work under the most challenging circumstances. If you are in the area, please stop by and see for yourself. It is inspiring to see what young people can accomplish when they are given a challenge that asks much of them and gives much back in return. If you can manage it, consider donating to a worthy cause.