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The Launch of Lady Grace

The Launch of Lady Grace

By on Oct 13, 2015 in Design | 0 comments

Sharing with you the launch of my skin boat I recently built in Vancouver with Brian owner of Dreamcatcher boats. I was assured I would love the boat. I really jumped without too much research and built the boat. I LOVE my boat. It is a dream to be in, tracks so well hardly needs any corrections, easy to turn, is beautiful to sit in both from comfort and esthetics, light easy to carry what more can I say. I no longer need to have on my bucket list the need to buy a kayak. Now the challenge is to mount it on my car and be off with my dog on many adventures on the Oxbow plus many of the beautiful lakes surrounding Prince George. Stayed tuned A new twist to my stories will be scenes from the water. Enjoy the Launch of Lady Grace Thanksgiving weekend in absolutely stunning fall...

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Another email

By on Aug 30, 2015 in Design | 0 comments

Okay Brian, I think it’s safe to say we’re in obsession territory here. Shortly after I emailed you, I connected with a friend and booked three more nights up in Killbear Park (Monday-Wednesday nights), so I was to connect with him early Monday morning, which meant I was to drive to my brother’s place in Toronto Sunday night. Well, my neighbour showed me some apparati for rigging a canoe for sailing, which he’s had stored in his garage attic since the ’70s when he used it for his canoe. He gave me his Larboards/Mast Partner, his Rudder/Tiller attachment, and his mast. So on Sunday, I modified all these things to fit Big Lassie and installed a Mast Step in her. So, this time on my campsite, I spent Monday rigging up a sail from an old tarp and outfitting Big Lassie for sailing. Tuesday morning I was out sailing her around on Parry Sound!! It was a lot of fun, but probably a big too much effort to go through to do it very often. The big appeal of these boats is how easily you can be off and paddling, from roof top to water with ease. Anyway, Wednesday was very windy, with unsettled weather blowing hard from the west, periods of driving rain and threatening thunderstorms. I took Free Lassie out in conditions that featured abundant and pervasive white caps. I barely shipped a drop over the bows and she stayed true in the wind and made very quick headway upwind! I can tell you, these boats are INCREDIBLE. Way better than sea-kayaks, or any of those roto-plastic jobs, or injection molded things. And I can go out when actual canoes dare not. These boats are the IDEAL boat for the waters of Parry Sound. On Thursday, things were marginally calmer and my friend and I had a wonderful paddle upwind to an island and the surfing back downwind, he in Free Lassie and me in Big Lassie. I cannot emphasize enough how convinced I am that there designs are as good as it gets, really. My Free Lassie feels like it’s part of me when I’m paddling. So nimble and responsive. I can even skootch the boat...

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An email received from a customer…

By on Aug 24, 2015 in Design | 0 comments

Hi Brian, Ah you’ll love this. Last Sunday, I went camping for the week with my three children, (Sam, 12; Carmen, 11; Elliott 8) at Killbear Provincial Park on Georgian Bay (again), near Parry Sound, ON (home of Bobby Orr!). Probably the nicest Park in Ontario. Anyway, I wanted Big Lassie to be ready for the trip so I frantically built her starting the previous Sunday. Well, by Sunday morning, time to pack for camping and hit the road, I had the frame done, with 1 coat of varnish on everything, so I loaded her up along with my completed Free Lassie onto the utility trailer rack and off we went. On a pair of sawhorses on our campsite, I skinned her on Monday, finishing putting the outwhale on past midnight on Monday night. Soaked and shrunk the skin overnight Monday, and applied a thick first coat of varnish at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. By 6 p.m. Tuesday, my two son’s Sam and Elliott took her on her Maiden Voyage in Parry Sound, Georgian Bay. They were thrilled and had a great paddle. Building a boat on your campsite stirs up plenty of interest from your fellow campers, and one such fellow is a canoe guide in Algonquin Park for his summer job. He grew up in Regina and has extensive experience racing kayaks. So I invited him to try both of the Lassie’s. He came ashore with glowing reports for both of them regarding speed, handling, tracking, stability, surfing. Everything! He took some nice GoPro camera footage of his paddles too. I’ll send them along to you as soon as I get them from him. Once again, the winds kicked up on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Thursday, the Sound (or Bay) was filled with towering white caps. I took my two son’s out in Big Lassie and we hardly shipped any water despite heading directly into the chop. And the surfing back on the waves was majestic again. These boats are really something. You can really feel Big Lassie ‘give’ with the waves because she’s lashed and not screwed together. But, still she feels very seaworthy all the same. Later that day, Sam and I headed REALLY...

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This Boat Weighs Less Than my Cat!

This Boat Weighs Less Than my Cat!

By on Mar 25, 2015 in Design | 0 comments

Rebecca built a beautiful boat in our ultralight boat building course and when it was complete and we weighed it, she remarked “it weighs less than my cat!” Build YOUR own ultralight super tough boat in our boat building class in Vancouver BC or in your own home with our online...

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