Come Boating! has built a new, traditional, wooden gig at the O’Donovan & Dole boatshop in Searsport. John O’Donovan and Patrick Dole are working from a set of plans that Come Boating! acquired from the Cornish Gig Pilot Association in Cornwall, UK. Nearly all the wood being used was obtained locally. Work began mid-August and was completed in late 2012. Much of the finish work was done by Come Boating! volunteers.
Funding for this project has been provided by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation and by very generous donations from Come Boating! members. More funds will likely be needed. If you want to contribute something, send a check to Come Boating!, PO Box 1188, Belfast, ME 04915.
Meanwhile, you can watch the progress unfold here. Here are photos taken by various contributors. Here is a video of the laying of the keel filmed by Dick Fischbeck. Here is another video by Dick Fischbeck, you are advised to turn down the volume. Here is the third video by Dick Fischbeck. Here is the fourth video by Dick Fischbeck. Here is the fifth video by Dick Fischbeck.