Batteau “Fine Creek Mill” – Floating and Ready to go!

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[nggallery id=8] Ned Nelson sent the following letter and photos tonight. Congratulations to Ned and his associates for finishing the new batteau named "Fine Creek Mill". ____________________________________________________________ The batteau "Fine Creek Mill" is complete. We put it in the water today at my friends, the Shortridge's. It took on about 3" of water and to our surprise ,,, stopped leaking!!!. I had strapped barrels into the hull to keep it from totally sinking and  the water only made it to the bottom of the barrels. The boat is floating on its own. Thanks to my brother Byrne Nelson, Dave "Big Wave" Bryan, David "Little Wave" Bryan for their daily help. I would also like to thank Tom Hassinfang and David Samuels for being there when I needed extra help. Thanks…
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Batteau “Slate River” Floating – almost complete

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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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Lady’s Slipper Boat Flipping Saturday May 12th 10am.

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Please help support the Lady's Slipper Batteau and come out and help flip the boat this Saturday. The Grayhaven Winery is just west of Richmond in Goochland County. The batteau "Lady's Slipper" will be flipped over at 10am this Saturday, May 12th, 2012. View Larger Map The boat is located at Grayhaven Winery in Goochland County. http://www.grayhavenwinery.com/ The ladies could use all the help they can get. Grayhaven Winery, LLC 4675 East Grey Fox Circle Gum Spring, VA 23065 (804) 556-3917
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Slate River – New Batteau for 2012

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[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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Ned Nelson Batteau Boat Flipping – Thank you note from Ned:

Batteau, Batteau Construction, Boat Flipping, Ned Nelson
[nggallery id=1] To all : I would like to take a brief moment to thank everyone who participated in helping make my boat flipping a success. I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE. To have such a turnout deminstrates how close our batteau family really is. The pictures of the event speak for themselves. Byrne and myself were honored all of you were there and sincerly thank all the members and friends who made the event a safe and successsful. I will see you at your boat flipping day! Ned Nelson Byrne Nelson
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