Exactly 2 months from the day I began my kayak building adventure at The WoodenBoat School, I christened and launched my Shearwater Sport on Lake Champlain. What a joy to finally see it in the water! Despite the chilly morning air in northern New York it was a beautiful fall day and my shearwater sport performed admirably, as expected.
Named in honor of the love of my life, Jacqueline Skiff, whose last name is serendipitously apt!
Rob Richard sent these photos, taken by Ray Forbes, of a Kingfisher canoe built at WoodenBoat School during the summer of 2003. Rob built it with a team of four classmates: Steve Algren of Sanbornton, NH, Edwin Bobeng of Elgin, IL, Patti Ryan of Roslindale, MA, and Roger Yates of Carpenterville, IL. Rollin Thurlow taught the course in Traditional Canvas Canoe Construction.
As a student of Ted Moores' WoodenBoat School class, David Racicot worked on this strip-built Freedom 17 canoe, designed by Steve Killing. David took it home and launched it in September 2002 at Suffolk, VA. He used cedar strip with ash inwales and thwarts, cherry outwales, curly maple decks with a mahogany accent. David reports that the canoe is lightweight, fast, and a joy to paddle on Chesapeake Bay.
Hank Stoltz began building this 14' Sassafras Canoe as a member of Bill Thomas' class at WoodenBoat School. He didn't finish it until he got home. Designed by CLC as a tandem boat, this lapstrake stitch-and-glue boat, can also be built as a solo. Hank built it as a solo and uses it on Missouri and Minnesota Lakes. He says it's fast, responsive, and capable. Email Hank at HCS@gocolumbiamo.com.
Bob Philips began building this Chesapeake Light Craft 17 kayak under guidance of Bill Thomas at a WoodenBoat School class held at CLC in Maryland in May 2002. After the week-long class, Bill needed another 40 hours to finish the boat, and launched her in July 2002. Bob paddles on Lake Michigan, where he reports he has paddled through 4' waves and 20 knot winds. He writes that the boat tracks remarkably well and is the most stable craft he has ever paddled.
Robert Donahue started this CLC 17 kayak in October 2001 at a WoodenBoat School class held at the Maritime Museum of Newport News, VA. He finished in July 2002 and launched in Echo Lake, Acadia National Park, in Maine. Robert is eagerly looking forward to another WoodenBoat course. Virtually contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Cassidy was a member of Bob Elliott's WoodenBoat School summer of 2000 class, "Building the Salisbury Point Skiff." Dan was lucky enough to win the boat in the class drawing and hauled it to Cushing, Maine where Ed Mezzapelle finished her between April and August 2001. Dan and Ed launched the skiff LITTLE LINDA ANN on August 4, 2001 at Davis Cove on Pleasant Point in Cushing, Maine. Ed and Dan hope the other class participants will enjoy seeing the finished product.
Dean Whitlock writes, “These two prams, 11' long on the left and 13' long on the right, were built to the same pattern by Bob Elliott’s class, ‘Building the Norwegian Pram,’ at WoodenBoat School in August 2001. The eight members of the class split into two groups, each group built one boat under Bob’s excellent tutelage in just one week—we started with rough planks on Monday morning and launched our prams on Saturday afternoon.” Dean and one other class member each won a boat in the class raffle.