Overview: 14ft Silverheels
Silverhees 14 under construction, showing the computer cut, interlocking frame members
Our designs and building techniques have evolved over 25 years of building and repairing aluminum craft. we know from first hand experience what it takes to build a vessel that will stand up to years of rough weather, rocky beaches and extremely hard use. we know the sublime pleasure of operating a well-built and handsome boat, and have gone to great lengths to ensure that a Lee Shore boat is second to none.
The most obvious characteristics of a Lee Shore boat are the “overbuilt” nature of the vessel and the fact that they just look “right”. From first glance, it's clear that our boats are built for extreme duty and a long life. All of our boats are computer modeled, which allows us to use state-of-the-art computer controlled cutting of all the hull components. The result is a consistently precise fit of all the parts, and allows us to create a unique interlocking network of bulkheads and longitudinals for the hull framing. We've developed a technique of protecting the most vulnerable parts of the boat from damage. Starting at the keel, we cover the keel/bottom joint with a 2-1/2” half pipe which is continuously welded to the bottom. Halfway between the keel and bottom plate and side plate seam, and positioned over the interior longitudinals, we add a hull stiffener made of 6061 alloy. This piece not only protects the middle part of the bottom from impact damage, it also acts as a lifting strake, helping the boat to break out on step, and gives the boat great directional control.
The bottom and side plate seam, known as the chine, is another area vulnerable to damage, which is why we use a method of construction that puts the watertight weld on the inside, out of harm's way. This is accomplished by running the side plate slightly beyond the bottom plate, and fitting a “spray rail” piece over the opening. This forms a chine seam that is triangular in cross section and extremely strong. Just like the keel seam, this area can sustain severe damage without compromising watertight integrity. we also add a hull stiffener to the exterior side plate, protecting the hull from inevitable bumps and scrapes.