Preview: Building a Replica of the Chebacco Boat LION

October 20, 2017

Avatar Maynard Bray

LION and others of her type are described on pages 26-34 of Howard Chapelle’s book, The American Fishing Schooners. Two-masted, double-ended and bluff-bowed, without headsails or bowsprit, these were the fishing boat of choice around Massachusetts Bay in the years following the Revolutionary War.

They’re seaworthy, capacious, and about as simple as a 40-foot sail-powered fishing boat can be. In 2012, as a retirement project, Mike Danesi [] began building a LION replica in his rural New Jersey shop and has done an exceptionally fine job—both in the building and in describing the progress on his website.

The vessel is now (in 2017) all framed out and being planked. We think you’ll enjoy seeing Mike’s work to date and the work to follow. Mike and our Brooklin-neighbor, Brion Rieff, once worked together at a Rhode Island boatyard, and we thank Brion for alerting us to this interesting project.

For more information, please visit Mike’s website or contact him by email mnldanesi (at) gmail (dot) com

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