Shop Construction

The Community Boat Shop is the home of EECBS. It was designed and built in 2006-2007 as a professionally equipped woodworking shop for classic wooden boat building and restoration.

The “big idea” to build a Community Boat Shop was hatched in 2003. Over the next two years, Ray Hartjen took over the lead as project manager. Ray describes the path to construction in his 2004 Spring Newsletter “The Riddle of the Sands” (link to PDF) – read more.

Louis Mackall was chosen as the architect for the boat shop. A graduate of Yale and Yale Architecture School, Louis Mackall has been practicing architecture since 1968 and also co-helms Breakfast Woodworks, one of the region's best millwork outfits. The quality of his work has won him worldwide publicity.

The boat shop design features large windows on the upper level that add natural light for optimum working conditions. The interior design is post and beam. Double doors on both levels provide easy access for the movement of boats and building materials. Much of the labor for construction of the boat shop was provided by volunteer members. The finished shop is one of the finest small boat building shops anywhere