When designing The Ashes Solo Day, I imagined a boat where the paddler could stand to look over brush, or apply leverage to push through a mat of grass. She would be very personal; the boat would fit the paddler like a glove, he or she would be locked in much like a kayak, able to rise and fall with the long swells that rolled in from Spanish Banks.
She’s a light cedar strip solo canoe that will appeal to the paddling enthusiast that finds himself/herself without a partner for day trips, birdwatching, or the occasional overnighter.The canoe is light, stiff, easily driven and a joy to paddle. By carefully controlling materials and eliminating unnecessary elements, the builder successfully kept weight under 30lbs while at the same time maintaining the stiffness and structural integrity of much heavier boats. Many more photos at www.ashesstillwaterboats.com ...
“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.