KJ Construction is ready to build your Outer Banks custom homes in the beautiful Sunrise Crossing community. Whether you want to fish from home or explore the barrier by boat, living in Sunrise Crossing offers home owners sound front access to water with boat dock. Bringing Back the Juniper That’s John Kuser of Rutgers University, left, and George Zimmerman of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey standing next to the New Jersey record Atlantic white cedar. The south bay of the shop has been filling up with historic and classic boat projects for maintenance and repairs.
During the refit of the Bi-Op-Sea, I was asked to replicate the existing ladder-back teak helm chair. It is a very rare thing to have the privilege of taking a boat from a design on paper through a top-end custom build and on to its final destination. About two years ago, I received a phone call from Andrew Hampson to discuss the prospects of building one of the tunnel skiffs that he had seen on my website.
Harrison Boatworks creates Custom Carolina Sportfishing Boats, Shallow-Draft Tunnel Skiffs, Technical Flats Poling Skiffs, Highly Figured Custom Furniture and, coming soon, Custom Sailing Catamarans. Have a look around the website and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, or stop by Harrison Boatworks at 952 Old Wharf Road in Wanchese to see what projects are currently underway. Crafted with cold-molded technology and designed with the traditional Carolina flare and sharp entry into the water, our Carolina-style custom fishing boats combine aesthetics and efficiency. These middle-range boats, for the person who wants to fish off-shore but doesn’t want the upkeep and expense of a large sportfishing yacht, can range from 39 to 42 feet. Award winning builder, Keith Dobie has chosen a beautiful wooded lot with lovely water views for your new home. Being a part of the Outer Banks community is a welcomed privilege and a new home in Sunrise Crossing will bring you the tranquil setting you desire with easy access to all the barrier islands have to offer.
He will be happy to meet with you to show you samples of our work and learn what you are looking for in you next home. It has an aggressive entry and a considerable amount of flare, as well as a similar tunnel to my other tunnel designs. It was very sad to leave Sunnyside on the north end of Roanoke Island, where I built boats for more than a dozen years.
I was lucky enough to build a high-end center console Carolina sportfishing boat for a friend who basically gave me carte blanche on the decision making. After getting to know his needs and requirements over the course of a half-dozen 30-minute phone conversations, we discovered that he needed a different boat. Juniper Dust is intended to chronicle the different projects at Harrison Boatworks and to share my thoughts and opinions about what’s going on in the boat-building world. I love designing and building all types of boats and thoroughly enjoy meeting different people with different ideas about their ideal boat. The architectural design has a contemporary floor plan with master bedroom on the first floor and two bedrooms upstairs.
The Outer Banks have nation history museums and landmarks and more that one hundred miles of beautiful beaches for playing in the surf. The running bottom is similar to that of my 22′ in that it has a pronounced entry while still having a broad chine forward, which gives it superior stability and weight-carrying capabilities.
There’s something to be learned from each and every project, no matter how big or small. I had already built the hull, a 28′, when my friend and his wife decided they wanted to buy it to keep in Hopetown in Abaco, Bahamas. He wanted a boat that could also go well outside of Masonboro Inlet in the ocean safely carrying at least five adults and handle the adverse sea conditions.
Some blogs will be about new construction and new designs at Harrison Boatworks; others will be about refits and repainting and woodworking-related projects. My designs are inspired from the sea conditions of my location on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You can enjoy the golf clubs community organized sports and recreation and of course excellent boating and fishing.
Our builders have extensive experience in building custom castles by the sea, small beach bungalows, waterway docks, pools and even local skate parks for the children in the community. The layout can be configured to many different uses, and the owner can choose a variety of different options and degrees of finish.
The shop is well-lit, well-ventilated, dry, three times the size and only a block away from the haulout, Wanchese Dock & Haul. The majority of the labor was in the finish, not only on the teak but also on the glass buildup and primers on the actual seat. It turned out that the owner wanted all the teak that a boat can have except for the toe rail.
He also wanted to get up into the shoaly backwaters and grass flats to target drum, speckled trout, flounder, etc.
If you are thinking about building a new home or transforming your old one with a custom home renovation, give us a call.
Two property owners in Hyde County have agreed to participate in a new program that’s the result of a partnership of the N.C.
Here are few of the interesting boats that have come through the Harrison Boatworks shop lately for one boat maintenance or boat repairs. Immediately after moving in, I was confronted by a few challenges, the first being installing a phase converter in order to enable my three-phase machines to work in a single-phase shop. Then came the assembly of all the stainless hardware and the upholstery on the arms (done by Dagwoods). We are ready to create a plan for you that meets your needs and is within your building budget.
This particular boat was designed for a man who takes duck hunting parties in the Currituck Sound. The boat was also fit with a tower or upper steering station, which is great for seeing fish or coral heads in the islands.


Sometimes what a customer wants evolves into a totally different boat once their needs are all hashed out. He wanted a boat that could haul a heavy load and still be comfortable and dry in a serious chop.
Within a week of moving into the new shop in January I began design and lofting the new 19-foot tunnel skiff.
I finished the boat a year and a half ago and my mechanical engineer and partner, Bob Vlcek, and I were able to take the boat to three boat shows before the owner took delivery. The boat was well received at the shows.
A particular design only comes about after personally getting to know a customer and what he or she wants out of this relationship that we’re entering. About 700 seedlings an acre, each 6 to 12 inches tall, will be planted later this year on the landowners’ 54 acres.
This new design is a smaller of version of my 22-foot center console, with the addition of a tunnel for running in shallow water. Many people commented that it was the prettiest boat they had seen at the show, which  made me feel good, of course.
The precise compromise that is every boat can only be narrowed down after getting to know somebody. I want to showcase exotic and domestic species of wood in ways that they haven’t been seen before. For Patrick Harrison, who owns four of those acres, it fits perfectly with his lifelong appreciation for juniper. I want to share my opinions about maritime design, hydrodynamics and aesthetics in the boat-building industry.
He chose the console model with hydraulic steering and a 70 hp Yamaha, as well as the Dull Dead Grass hull color, solid rubber rub rail and a straightforward open deck layout. We see around 8 mpg and about 35 mph top end with this boat. The owner was trying to finalize some plans in Hopetown and only came to the Outer Banks occasionally to use it.
I want to address some of the common problems that ill-running boats possess and to praise some of the boat designs that I admire.
In contrast, this 19′ tunnel skiff (same hull design), is outfitted with a 40 hp Etech tiller and totally open layout. But after plenty of exposure and many sea trials and fishing trips with family and friends, it was finally time to let her go.
I want to share my enthusiasm for boat-building and woodworking, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading. Renowned for its resistance to rot and insects, cedar also is bendable and has a straight grain.
This client wanted a shallow-draft skiff for fishing in the sounds but wanted big-water capabilities for heading out Oregon Inlet into the ocean. This boat will be a slicked-out, fast, pure flats boat, including poling platform, recessed push pole holders, live well, pop-up console, hydraulic jackplate, tunnel, casting platform, recessed cleats, etc. If you want to be notified when there’s a new blog entry, LIKE Harrison Boatworks on Facebook. His father used to have a business in Columbia selling red cedar and white cedar at good prices. He chose a casting deck forward, which houses a 16 gallon fuel tank, anchor, PFDs, lines, etc.
We were fishing this weekend in eyesight of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and the boat produces fish. The plan was to trailer it to West Palm Beach, meet the owner in West Palm Beach and then run her over to the Bahamas. He chose aft seats, which double as storage and contain battery, panel, hydraulic pump, etc. His fondness for the wood is also revealed in the title of his blog, “Juniper Dust,” and the name he gave his wirehaired pointing griffon dog, “Juniper Jeke.”  Not to mention that a big barn on his land is sided with juniper. With this boat we’ve had work done to the jet drives, built a stow-able teak cockpit table, stripped and revarnished all of the britework, and done the bottom work (sandblasting, BarrierCote and antifouling paint).
It begins with a moderate 7-degree deadrise at the transom and progress to around 35-degrees at the entry.
As a boatbuilder, Harrison uses juniper in his boats’ cores, that is, the parts that define the lines of the boat.
Number one concern was hauling a 28′ boat at 70 mph down I-95 in a half-ton Chevy with 235,000 miles on it.
This progressive deadrise bottom has been proven in both large and small boats to be a very efficient and seaworthy running bottom, while maintaining a stable fishing platform while not on a plane. The wood “takes a pretty good bend,” he says, is lightweight and it “takes a screw nicely without splitting.” Few woods can compare, he said, although Spanish cedar from Central and South America is even more impervious to rot but costs three to four times more.
Meanwhile, the Harrison Boatworks 39-foot Carolina Magic has sold and will be going to Port Aransas, TX.
The combination of this bottom with the aggressive sprayrail translates into a drier ride that planes easily and requires less fuel than many of the deep-V deadrise boats on the market.
Harrison plans to plant about 2,800 trees on four acres of his 20 acres of property near Engelhard. For the new owner, we’ve been re-doing the britework, refinishing the covering boards and bridge deck, adding spreader lights and under-gunnel LED lights, and redid the bottom.
When we got to West Palm Beach, we learned that no one had made the crossing to the Bahamas in five weeks because of prevailing NE winds.
Those deep-V boats that have flooded the market take three times as long to get on a plane, use far more fuel when running, and are not near as stable or comfortable while fishing. All we could do was hope for the best and pray that we wouldn’t be holed up in a hotel room for days or weeks waiting for the weather window.
Harrison said he is in the process of clearing 20-foot wax myrtle trees off the property in preparation for the planting, which will be done by the U.S.
Forest Service.  The shallow-rooted myrtle trees, which were nearing the end of their lives, will be snatched up and piled in rows on the land and allowed to rot.


We hit a West Marine for a late-night shopping spree and made plans for the departure the next morning. There is usually but not always a toast given by the builder and a few drinks taken by the witnesses that are present. Patrick, his son, and I all were standing and fishing off of the Starboard gunnel and the boat did not even tip the slightest.
Of course there is always a passport issue, and we had to wait for Bob’s passport to be expedited straight to West Palm Beach. Karl Busbee Pace, who died on June 28 at age 90, the non-profit organization is dedicated to the preservation of habitat for wildlife.
Ladd Bayliss, a coastal advocate for the federation, said that site preparation at Wysocking is also underway. Designing and building this specific 22′ boat for Andrew and Suzanne Hampson has been a lot of fun. I was concerned about all kinds of mechanical failures, engines, batteries, electronics, etc. Once cleared, both sites will be pre-treated with herbicides to prevent the seedlings from being crowded out by other plants.
They wanted to access shallow waters and yet still feel safe and comfortable going out of the inlet and into the ocean. Deep down I knew it would be OK, but I just wanted to be super-prepared for this ocean crossing. Bayliss said that the landowners are in charge of getting the contracts lined up and for getting the work done. After we received the passport we were on our way, past the Sailfish Marina and all the legendary Merritts and Ryboviches, to Lake Worth Inlet. The federation is hoping to get help from sixth- to eighth-grade students at Pungo Christian Academy in Hyde County, she said.  The young people will learn a hands-on lesson about preservation and ecological balance, as well as help reduce costs.
Everything went well and I was relieved when we passed the mid-way point, which was about 27 miles from West End, Bahamas. The partnership to restore Atlantic white cedar in the Albemarle-Pamlico ecosystem is a part of an ongoing regional effort by the Wildlife Service.
At the Great Dismal Swamp, for instance, hurricane-damaged trees had been removed in order to allow sunlight to germinate cedar seeds in the organic soil. As we entered the Little Bahama Bank, sea conditions flattened out and we were able to comfortably cruise at 28 or 29 knots, while sitting or walking around the boat in comfort. The largest area of cedar swamps are in Eastern North Carolina, southeastern New Jersey and northwestern Florida.
When the European settlers first arrived, there were close to 500,000 acres of Atlantic white cedar along the Atlantic coast – probably half of it in North Carolina.  In 1995, biologists estimated that only five percent of that total remains. Atlantic white-cedar grows in a narrow coastal belt 50 to 130 miles wide from southern Maine to northern Florida and west to southern Mississippi. Geological Service White cedar thrives in the boggy pocosin soils prevalent in Eastern North Carolina, said Kendall Smith, private lands biologist for the U.S. Dinner was very good and there was a band and a considerable amount of people for this place. The next morning we had a leisurely, huge breakfast, took on some fuel and were on our way. Unfortunately for us, the wind had gone back to the north and made the remaining four hours fairly rough. With 6-foot seas that were coming from every direction, we really put that boat to the test. The trees have reached as high as 120 feet and 60 inches diameter in North Carolina, and between 40- to 90-feet in other locations.
Some Atlantic white cedars are reportedly 1,000 years old, but most stands are no older than 200 years.
When taking waves from multiple directions, the full transom gave a real sense of security.
White cedar stands are highly valued by ecologists because they provide food and cover for a large number of migratory birds. Although our cruise speed was reduced quite a bit, we were still able to move safely ahead, making good progress. They also improve water quality, control erosion and reduce concentrations of mercury and nitrogen in the soil. Smith said that cedar forests are vulnerable to peat fires, where the soil itself is actually burning – as it did in the Pains Bay near Stumpy Point in 2011. I realized what a joy and a privilege it was to bring this vessel to life and to be able to put her to the test on a delivery to such a beautiful place. Fish and Wildlife Service As part of the agreement with private landowners to plant the trees, he said, the wildlife service will write a management plan and work with the owners to get the program off the ground. The agency pays for 80 percent of the cost of the site preparation and planting and two herbicide applications one before and one two years after planting. Landowner’s 20 percent share of the cost can be paid in in-kind services to plant and maintain the stand. Although this is the first time the agency has partnered with the federation in white cedar restoration, he said, it has done similar projects elsewhere and hopes to continue the partnership with the federation in future restoration efforts. Harrison, 43, said that he feels good that his land is being used to help the survival of juniper trees for future generations. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catherine Kozak Catherine Kozak has been a reporter and writer on the Outer Banks since 1995.
During her career, she has written about dozens of environmental issues, including oil and gas exploration, wildlife habitat protection, sea level rise, wind energy production, shoreline erosion and beach nourishment.



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