One thing that I've wanted to do for years was to build a dispro .
This is a part time project with no large scale commercial objective .
I'm somewhat amused by the occasional promo hype in the paper
about some marketing types who have decided that they are going to
mass produce wooden boats and sell about seventy or so a year .The
venture usually gets as far as the first boat before the bankers move
in .All the power to them if they can pull it off , but one at a time
on a commission from a new owner is the way that I'd prefer to keep it
here . Most people who come by the shop , and see my new dispro
ask how much does it cost to build a new dispro ?.and how many am I
building ? --- It's interesting to note that on the back
of the sales brochure that this add came from , the price in 1922 for
this boat with a 6 hp motor was $730.00 , in relative terms that was
almost three times as much as a model T ford car .Today in relative
terms the cost is about the same now as it was then . Perception of
value doesn't always translate into what it actually costs to build
The boat started off as a set of offsets taken from a 1922 uncle sam
model dispro . The offset were translated into a set of station
molds that were cut out from plywood and set up on a strong back .
One of the difficulties was finding suitable cypress planking stock .
I managed to find an old growth river recovered log in Florida , and a
sawyer who knew how to saw it into boat stock . I could tell from the
ends of the boards that the tree had originally been cut down with an
axe . It's been over a hundred years since loggers used axes , so I'm
guessing that the log was cut down over a hundred years ago . ---That
adds political correctness to the project , with no trees cut down in
my lifetime to build the boat .