Features June 2010 Issue

Backyard Boatbuilding: A Father-Son Odyssey

A lack of experience didn’t get in the way of this dream.

For many sailors, boatbuilding can be the ultimate do-it-yourself project. The skills derived pay off as extra dividends when it comes to repairs or fitting out projects aboard larger sailboats. And as Matt Zephry and his 12-year-old son Alex found out, sharing the boatbuilding process with a loved one is like passing along an important piece of family history. The father-son duo began their boatbuilding project without any plans. Their intention was to create a boat that was easy to row and could double as a sailing skiff for father-and-son fishing trips. Their dream boat—and first boatbuilding project—was a success, and the Z&S team launched Odyssey in time for a Father’s Day sail.

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