Owner Paul Williams built this boat from drawings by Ken Bassett over a two-year period. The hull was built by one foot wide planks of quarter inch Okome plywood laid diagonally over transverse stringers. Following that, an outer layer of solid 1/4″ Honduras mahogany planks were glued down with epoxy the length of the hull. Third, Wililams did a lot of sanding and many coats of varnish to finish the hull. Finally, he completed all the metal parts, which he made out of brass and then chrome plated. Everything–including seats and the trailer–was built by Williams. When he finished, he quickly started work on a more practical 20 Runabout that he now keep in the summer months at a lake in the Sierras. He is now also starting on a 30′ Glass-Cabin Launch that he hopes to have done in two to three years. Building boats is a true hobby and passion of Williams’.
Uncle Erwin was built by Dave Carroll from lines that he took from a boat in the Lake windemere Steamboat Museum in England. This particular design was build in production about 1916 for use on the lakes I Ontario, Canada. The Uncle Erwin is built from lapstrake construction using Brunzil plywood. The decks, seats and coamings are of teak, and the laminated sterns, and rubrail are of ash. The steam bent ribs are oak and the entire hull is coated with West Resin.