Jimmy Steele in Brooklin, Maine shop
The Construction of a Peapod         
Built by Peter Chase         
How it all Began...
The revered builder of classic boats, Jimmy Steele, built peapods essentially as a one-man operation. His ingenious tooling—the pneumatic riveting machine, the automatic rabbet cutter for stems and keels, an elevator building jig, and many other innovations—made news in the boatbuilding world. His challenge was always in increasing production efficiency rather than offering different types of boats.
Today
Peter Chase, a boat builder who worked with Brooklin Boat Yard for 20 years, is now hand crafting the Downeast Peapods row boats the time-tested way using the jigs, molds, tools, and techniques developed by Jimmy Steele in the same Brooklin, Maine shop.

The backbone is shaped from steam-bent red oak and fastened with silicone bronze hardware. The half-inch New England white cedar planking is attached to the frames with copper rivets. To guarantee long life, no ferrous or stainless steel are used.

Bill Mayher. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine
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