PAQUET “Building Down”

Luke realized that it was easier for his workers to build aluminum boats when the boats were upside down. One of his early contracts was Frederic Schaefer’s PAQUET ketch, designed by Philip Rhodes Jr. and James McCurdy. Here, in February 1975, the hull has been plated, the keel is on, and workers are grinding the fair spots, getting down to the good part of the aluminum. The next step will be to rig ropes and pulleys and turn the boat over. At this stage, the boat is relatively light, at 3000 pounds or a couple of tons. With the hull righted, the crew would have been able to work on both the inside and outside.

Fairing the Hull

Catalog Number LB2005.24.10501