“That’s not a boat, it’s a museum piece. It’s too beautiful to put in the water.”
It spilled off tongue after tongue as visitors paced The Cowichan Bays Maritime centre’s 110 meter pier only to pause and marvel at the centres recent Small Wooden Boat Festival’s “most newsworthy boat.” and garnering a first place in the canoe category.
Arie Van Dyk’s 16-foot canoe earned the honour for the way he molded intricate layers of red and yellow cedar and a splash of mahogany into something guaranteed to catch the eye.
Each year the Door County Maritime Museum, www.dcmm.org, hosts a class in wooden boat building. This year’s volunteer class instructors, David Morgan, Bob Schottmuller and Jerry McNamara, chose Newfound Woodworks’ Whitehall pulling boat. New class participants Richard Johnson, David Minarcik, John Rybski, and Kirk Schneeberg were joined by experienced Museum boat builders Ed Eickenberg and George Hoppa in crafting this cedar strip rowboat.
This 1954 Peterborough Aqua Flyer cedar strip runabout was restored over 6 years with interruptions for kids and many other fun things. All ribs, keel, keelson, stem, and seats were replaced and the bottom was fibreglassed. The restoration was a family effort involving three generations. The official re-launching took place on June 15, 2013. Grampa’s Boat is a pleasure to drive and will tour the lakes around Huntsville, Ontario, making frequent trips to the ice cream store.