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Winter once again!

Just thought I would share a few photos by Arnt Arntzen of the snow falls at the Heritage Marina.  It is unusual for us to have this much snow in Vancouver for sure.  Last week Arnt and Louise went out sailing in Ragna on the sunny afternoon after working on the Buttonswan and then the next day a lot of our members hit the slopes as it snowed again.



Here are some photos taken by Bruce Macdonald (wharfinger of Maritime Heritage Marina and OLAS member) today of Ragna out for a sail.  The sailor today is Arnt who was also the lead on this build.  She sure looks pretty!



Work is continuing on the Buttonswan project.
Photos by our VP, Georgina


prepping the cedar planking


steam bending the planks


riveting the planks


Well this is what the team faced last Saturday when they arrived at the workshop!
Our shop is quite small really and with all the tools, supplies and
a boat hung on the side of the shed it is a lot of weight.


That is some crazy angle!


Arnt and Daniel shoveling off the roof.

We also participated in the Winter Wander festival in partnership with the Maritime Museum and Georgina manning the knot tying station for the few brave souls who ventured out on the stormy day.  Thanks everyone!

2017 another year of building!

Well it has been a great year for progress on the Buttonswan project.  We now have 4 planks a side now and raring to add more.


Dale rivetting

There are new boats on the dock.  One of our members Alesandro brought his wood sail boat around 38 feet to the dock and is working on it. There is also the former 58′ RCMP vessel, Nadon which will be used for tours and meetings.  The Vancouver Maritime Museums’s Executive Director, Ken Burton was the commander when it circumnavigated North America.  (no picture yet) Thanks to Bruce (our member and wharfinger for the update and both him and Sheila send everyone best wishes for the new year!)

Alesandro’s Boat

Nightwind will be casting off this month and a new boat Winsome 111, a Lapworth 36′ built in Vancouver in 1959 by J.P. Taylor will be arriving.

The shed will be getting new windows (finally!!) as John has measured up and bought the wood and will get that project going this month.  Only other dock news is to not turn off the fresh water hose if it is running during the cold snap as it will freeze.  Thanks to everyone for a fabulous 2016 and look forward to lots more events in 2107.



Progress on the Buttonswan and our new boat!

The Buttonswan project is going to pick up speed now that everyone is getting back from the summer sailing season and ready to work.  On November 5th there will be a planning session down at the dock so we know what is ahead and can prepare supplies and tools.  Here are a few photos of the progress.


Our model and our boat


everything is numbered to keep order


Benjamin working on a model oar


Arnt, Tom and John marking for the transom


Daniel, Arnt and Brent fitting planks


Dale cutting the gains


love these large wood clamps we made


Bonita and Martha


clamps now holding the plank for riveting

Robert G Allan of Bowyer Island donated this sweet 12 foot rowing/sailing dinghy to our club.  It has been in his family for 30 years.  A bit of TLC and it will be ready for the 2017 sailing season.  Who will win the sailing race….Ragna or the new boat?  Oh that is right we now have two boats with no names.  The Buttonswan and our new boat…perhaps a contest this spring.



Our wharfingers Bruce and Sheila sent us an update on happenings at the dock and thought you might all want to know.

Ann Marie cast off last Friday on the first leg of her trip back to England. She is alongside at Brittania Heritage Shipyards until tomorrow when she will be hauled out next door at Trite. The new spars are waiting to be shipped and new canvas and running rigging has been ordered. The delivery crew have arrived, which should be a relief to Oz, and they are still hoping to head south soon.


We welcomed the newest addition to the fleet.  Ella McKenzie is a locally built 1951 tug boat. New owners Gideon and Bourton live close by and we are sure they will gladly answer any questions you have about their vessel.


And now it is fall!

Here are some progress pics on the BUTTONSWAN PROJECT.  Thanks Daniel for the pics.

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We were part of the Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival again this year.

This is the bowsprit of the Anne Marie being worked on in front of our booth.


Here is Brent and Sebastion working on dorade vent boxes for the boat Richochet.  This demo organized by Peter and Brent, was a hit as it showed people the type of tools  we use and how this type of vent is made.  Many thanks to all the volunteers and Georgina for heading the organizing of this event.

Usually it is Rob who organizes the festival but this year he was doing a contract for Living Oceans and was up the tip of Vancouver Island in Sea Otter Cove picking up tsunami trash off very remote beaches.  One of our members Arnt also went up to help.  They probably gathered 50 giant bags of plastic, rope and styrofoam which amounts up to around 15000 pounds.   Lots of giant floats from fish farms and boats but lots of water bottles.  The take away from this is please don’t buy water in plastic bottles!  The bags will be picked up by helicopter and placed on a barge to be towed to Richmond for recycling, art projects, etc.  I am including this because as we all sail and row around the beautiful bays, inlets and islands of British Columbia it is important to realize how we keep it pristine. Here are a few photos of the salvage operation.




Summer is here!

We have  three of our fleet all ready for the summer sailing season.  And the Buttonswan Project is well under way.  Following are photos and updates.

Daniel taking new member Nehzat out for a sail in Ragna IMG_2585IMG_2628



Burgees are done and at the workshop for sale ($20)
This one flies proudly on Odin (Arnt’s boat)


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MAY 12, 2016

6-8pm   (doors at 6 – meeting 6:30-7:00)

Vancouver Maritime Museum

1960’s FILM at 7:00

A group of architects build a boat in East Africa and sail it back to England