Batteau “Slate River” Floating – almost complete

Batteau, Batteau Construction, Slate River
From Randy Waycaster, Capt. of the batteau "Slate River". [nggallery id=7] The boat has been in the pond for almost a month and a half, but we pulled it out last week to complete the cap-boards and front/rear decks.  Sweep brackets and canopy arches are being made this week.  We poled it around the pond this evening, a small but fun trip.  We left the barrels in it as a safeguard since it had been drying all of last week, but after two days back in the water the floor is just damp. We're very pleased with our finished batteau and look forward to bringing a new program to this years festival! Thanks, see yall soon! Crew of the "Slate River"
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Slate River – New Batteau for 2012

Batteau, Batteau Construction, Slate River
[nggallery id=4] A note from Randy Waycaster regarding the new batteau "Slate River": Figured we'd give you a photo update on our boat, made a good bit of progress.  We took a little different approach by cutting the flats on the ribs when making them. (All miter saw and skilsaw cuts) Also we are planking the hull first instead of the nose cones, which will take a little bit longer to carefully make the angles on the nosecone boards, but it will allow us to match-up the lines from hull planking into the nosecones. We harvested a massive white oak; 32" at base end, single log of 25'6".  This log almost single-handedly planked our hull, including a 20" kingplank and 16" boards adjacent to the kingplank, entire floor is covered by three board widths! …
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