Hope and Healing Through Boatbuilding

Six years ago, Dave Hupke suffered a near-fatal injury. While his life hung in the balance, he imagined what he would do if he were to have the good fortune to live beyond the age of 46.

As a teen, he had been a Boy Scout guide in Ely, Minnesota, and later, as an Eagle Scout, he led trips through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Drawing on his fond memories of wilderness paddling and of the beauty of cedar-strip canoes, he decided that if he walked out of the hospital he’d build a canoe.

Stadel Schooner

Contessa is a 1978 George Stadel Jr Pilot Schooner, build by G.I. “Sonny” Hodgdon in East Boothbay, ME. 38′ LOD, 47′ LOA, 10.5′ beam, 6′ draft, 26,000 pounds. She has mahogony planking over oak...

Ozona Pram

Skill Level to Build: 

A stitch & glue tender that can be rowed, motored and that sails like a charm. Can be purchased as a kit or plans.

Kits are Okoume, Meranti or Sapele Marine plywood, CNC-cut in-house, in our facility outside of Tampa FL.