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)


Continue reading “Summer is here!”




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

boat plans workshop & launching Vogler

Understanding boat plans was led by Nick Bartley with help from Gerry Stensgaard and hosted by Arnt Arntzen.  A great evening of discussing boat plans from 7 to 60 feet.  We learned terminology and how to go about choosing a boat design.

Here are a few photos of the evening and thanks to everyone who came out.


Martha and Brent checking out the variety of boat plans


Daniel and Rob with Martha in the background


Gary settling in for the presentation


Rob, Nick and Gerry


Oh and there was a bit of a distraction with Arnt showing off his new motor for ODIN, his 21 foot converted lifeboat to a sailboat.  Daniel and Arnt admire.


Gerry who is a naval architect had lots of good information



discussing Brent’s 60 foot boat Ricochet


Vogler was launched after an extensive restoration


the kids look comfortable in Vogler


great to see our whole fleet out….Vogler, Samack and Ragna



Members here are a couple links you may be interested in.  One is about the sale of Night Wind on our dock and the other is about the submarine on the lawn of the Maritme Museum.

There is an online auction of Night Wind this weekend.  As some of you know, Michael sold Night Wind last year and unfortunately the new owner, Doug, has had to put her back up for sale. In the short time that he has owned her Doug has had her hauled and had the bottom painted and has also installed a self furling jib, a new battery bank, invertor, and a lot of other items. Some of his purchases include two new solar panels that are still in their boxes waiting to be installed as well as a new VHF and antenna that also needs to be hooked up.
Night Wind was very well maintained and we are alerting you to the auction in case you are interested or know of someone interested in a fine wooden boat. It is a no reserve auction and is on-line only a week Saturday so it could potentially slip under the radar.
Here is the link to the auction:

This from Gerry Fuchs who led a very interesting tour of the submarine last Saturday.

Ben Franklin Notes

Spring has sprung and the sailing has started!

thanks to Daniel for these lovely photos and update…..

It was a beautiful day on Saturday, so Ragna got a bit of a cleaning, and then as the breeze was beckoning, Arnt and I took her out for a sail – there was a nice light breeze, and it felt SO good!! Dale showed up at the dock in his nicely built SCAMP, which was duly inspected and admired, and then he and Arnt went out for some match racing friendly sailing. I traded off with Arnt after a while, and enjoyed another round.

Meanwhile work on Vogler in the boat shed, the hull got all the rivet holes on the outside filled with putty, and the gunwales, stern, and seats got another coat of varnish – the brightwork is looking gorgeous!


Finishing up the Vogler

A few pictures by Daniel from the last Saturday.  Riveting the Vogler and then a bit of a row in Ragna. Next is painting and brightwork getting her all ready for spring rowing.  Then back to the Providence River Boat!

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Winter Wander & Sailing Talk

Oarlock and Sail participated in Winter Wander this year as part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  We taught people knot tying and demonstrated our boat building skills at the workshop.  Had our boats uncovered and people on hand to talk about the club and our boats.


As part of our workshop/seminar series we had skippers Rob O’Dea and Arnt Arntzen give a talk and slideshow presentation at the Maritime Museum about their circumnavigation of Vancouver Island.  We were packed to the rafters and they inspired a few sailors to take the same voyage.