I'm rowing hull number 6 on Telford Lake near Edmonton. It's a nice little lake, with a great low dock specifically made for rowing shells and other human powered watercraft. My friends Mary and Steve are taking this boat to their cottage in the Pembroke area, look for her on the Ottawa river with a border collie and labradoodle on board. The light weight of this boat made the trip east on the roof of their car no problem.
It is so great to be able to row year-round! I was out last week and tried out the little camera that I ordered from China. I'll have to play around with the setting and the mount, but it's cool to be able to share the view from the boat. The creaking sound you hear is the seat rack rubbing against the hull. I'll have to put some felt pads down to quiet it. Like the sound of the water past the hull though.
I started the new year with a row in "Fine" number 1. I haven't been out for a couple of weeks, but I have my boat down on the dock again, and it was beautiful this afternoon so off I went. You can look at my row here.
I'm planning to be at three events this summer. First, the Richmond Maritime Festival, on July 28 and 29. Then back home for Pender Harbour Days on August 3,4,5. And finally at the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival at Granville Island on August 23 to 26. Come and see the latest "Fine" sliding seat boat, and if you make it to Pender Harbour Days, you could also go for a row in my personal "Fine" or in the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society's Handliner.
I'm working on the hull of a new "Fine", wearing the new Christmas shop coat; the old one having accumulated enough epoxy to stand up on it's own. Cedar is going up in price, but was able to score some nice boards, including a pretty fine 20 footer. Might try a tandem sliding seat boat?
Just like the one I traveled across Canada with; but with a couple of upgrades. The rigger is slightly lighter,and the rear deck is cedar (instead of door-skin). The light band in the hull is yellow cedar, and I've got the oars down to 5 lbs. Put it on Craigslist today.
Boat is sold! new owner in Seattle.
I'm back in the shop, having just returned from 2 1/2 months on the road. Pat and I visited the east coast by van, taking the dog; and of course a boat. 20,000 Km + in a 30 year old westfalia. It was a great adventure.
We stopped in at Mystic Seaport for the wooden boat festival, and then continued up into Canada. I rowed the boat in different places as we traveled and tried to teach the dog (a Border Collie mix) to sit in the stern...
Rick Crook of Oyster Bay Boats Pender Harbour BC