Fraser River Skiff complete with new oars

The Fraser River Skiff at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster has finally received its completed set of oars.  The leather collars on the oars were started at a club meeting last winter under the guidance of Dave Bradford of Alder Bay Boats.  Club members completed the oars in the subsequent weeks (months?), and now the oars are at their new home in the Fraser River Skiff.

Fraser River Skiff complete wit new oars


OLAS Annual General Meeting

The Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting  2012

at 7:30pm on March 22, 2012, at AlderBay Boats, 1247 Cartwright St, on Granville Island.

 Agenda items will be as follows;

 Call to order.

 Adoption of the minutes of the previous AGM.

 Presidents report.

         Boat shed flotation

         Wooden boat festival

         Boat show

         Current projects

         Launching of Darcy

         Membership dues are due

Financial report.

Insurance coverage.

Oarlock and Sail Boat Users Group (OSBUG).

Website and Blog.

Election of officers for 2012.



After the business portion of the meeting we will have a tool sharpening workshop.

 One of our members, Ed Sturgeon, will give a demonstration on tool sharpening.  Anyone with tools to sharpen is welcome to bring them, along with a sharpening stone for some hands-on practice and an exchange of knowledge and experience.

 Our Annual Dues for 2012 are now due.  Membership forms will  be available at the meeting, or can be found on the website –


March 3rd boat shed update

Bit by bit things are getting accomplished in the boat shed.  Last week was exciting, with 90km winds battering the shed.  Fortunately the windstorm occurred on a saturday, so members were on hand to retrieve fenders that had been pushed under the dock, add more fenders, and generally make things secure.  Some minor damage occurred where the shed was rubbing up against the dock.

The week before, new overhead lumber storage racks were built in the shed, allowing us to store more long pieces of lumber up off the floor.  This week Darcy was turned over in preparation for having her name painted on the transom.  This might sound easy, but Darcy is a big boat, and needs several people to turn her over.  Plus, three other boats had to be moved out of the shed first, then back in afterward.  The bandsaw and sanding centre have been placed in their new locations.

A very full boat shed with four boats inside.


Boats temporarily on the dock.
Darcy's transom ready for name painting

Once Darcy has her name on the transom (hopefully in a couple of weeks), we should be able to move her out of the shed to make some space.  Also coming up will be our Annual General Meeting in the next couple of weeks.