2024 Family Boat Build
RiversWest will be presenting its 14th annual Family Boat Build event this June 29th and 30th at the event space at Green Anchors in St Johns.
Eight families will, over the span of the weekend, build and launch their own 12' rowing skiff. RiversWest provides the kit of parts, the building space, and help from a crew of boat builder members.
Applications are now being accepted for this event. We always sell out, so if you are interested, get more information and the application here.
Boat kits for sale
RiversWest has recently received generous contributions of boat building kits, and a few other miscellaneous items. These are all available for purchase to RiversWest members, pricing is negotiable though we generally sell as-new items at 1/2 retail price.
If one of these boat kits strikes your fancy, you can easily save the cost of our annual membership dues (which will cover the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023). Also, if you wish to build one of these kits at our shop, we can make a special deal on the cost of renting building space
Jo Woodwork "Oz Goose Sailboat"
“Simple to build, fast and stable to sail for learners – teacher and two adult students below. Light and responsive for more advanced sailors.”
“The Eureka Canoe is the result of a collaboration between Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide and Michael Storer Design. It is built stitch and glue - a simple method where the panels are cut out and stitched together temporarily while the joins are sealed with fibreglass tape.
Generally fibreglass boats come in at about double the weight of this one and don't come anything close to being classic paddling boats. The Eureka has demonstrated that it goes a long way with modest effort and tracks well when the waves and wind are up.”
Plans from Ductworks, below. We are selling a kit of parts cut from these plans.
And - here is another event calendar you might be interested in, published by Oregon Coots
You can make a tax deductible donation to RiversWest right here on our website, using PayPal or a credit or debit card.
2010 Family Boat Build
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Since 1991, RiversWest Small Craft Center has been promoting the use of sustainable, beautiful boats built to operate on the human scale. For some of our members, that means restoring historically correct wooden boats. For others, it is a chance to design and build with the support and input of a like-minded group.
Many enjoy the camaraderie of "messing about" on the water. We all benefit from the chance to learn from one another. We are often inspired to get our hands busy building, paddling, rowing, motoring, or sailing small craft.
RiversWest members enjoy:
RiversWest has an extensive library of books in our boat shop, oriented mainly to maritime topics. Books are available for members to borrow at any time.
We are in the process of creating an online catalog of titles to make it easier to find a title that you might be interested in. Check back occasionally as our catalog grows.
RiversWest owns a large collection of boat building plans which are available to members. We have recently completed a catalog of the plans which can be viewed. Contact the club for a spreadsheet of this catalog if you want to more easily search for plans that might meet your build criteria.
We have a small number of videos in our channel, but we will be adding more as we record demonstrations at the shop. Visit the channel here.
The two 40' Atkin designed launches, that were built for and originally used on Crater Lake, are still available to anyone willing and able to take them off our hands. More details here
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