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Stick-built Sponsons for a West Coast Fishing Vessel

Old school,” that’s what Wayne Garcia, general manager at Giddings Boat Works in Charleston, Ore., calls the yard’s latest sponson project — adding 10 feet of beam to the F/V Collier Brothers. Old school is appropriate for this boat, built long before the age of digital hull models, plasma cutters and computer design programs. “The […]

Making sponsons with ‘batten sticks at Giddings Boatworks

The Collier Brothers, an 84′ 2″ x 24′ steel dragger out of Portland, Ore., that was built in 1978 at Gulf Coast Marine Builders in Bayou La Batre, Ala., arrived at Giddings Boatworks on Sept. 18. A little more than five months later, on Feb. 25, she left the Charleston, Ore., boatyard after being sponsoned […]