JAMES RIVER BATTEAU FESTIVAL
Authentic Batteau Construction
Based on Authenticity Committees Guidelines
- boat form at least roughly conform to those found in the Great
Basin Dig of 1983
- five piece rib design
- bow/stem sections relatively identical (nose cones)
- no notch in rib side arm
- crows foot ribs in nose cones
- king plank coming to a point
- only kingplank passing nosecone joint
- stem piece terminating 2nd rib
- planking butts on ribs
- use of separate planking on bow/stern sections except for king
- use of facsimile or actual one piece caprail
- rib base relatively flat-bottomed but having a concave upper side
- use of walk boards on flat section of rib base
- no use of bolts or screws
- quality of joinery
- overall appearance
relative to dimension
- length: min. 40', max. not specified
- depth: min. 18", max. 24"
- hull planking - min. 1"
- king plank width - min. 10"
- rib radius - min. 24", max. 28’
- bow/stern sections extending beyond last rib of main hull -min.
5', max. 7'
- base rib - min. 2", side arm 1 3/8"
relative to materials
- exclusive use of boat nails
- use of native woods
- if caulking is used, should be natural fiber such as oakum,
- period dress & utensils, especially use of tin cup
- use of conical steel pole tips
- use of wooden boxes to conceal 20th century gear
- use of period camping equipment
- canopy, if used, should be of period materials
- hogsheads for storage
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- no butt blocks
- no tongue and groove or butterfly joints
- no screws
- no commercials on boat
- no fuel/gas powered engines
- no epoxies or modern caulking
- no laminations except caprail