Winter activities in the Boat Shed

Winter is here and over the past few weeks we have been doing maintenance work on the Sam Mc and the Vogler.  The Sam Mc received new bottom paint, and then new topsides paint as well.  The seats have been removed for refinishing, and the top of the transom glued back together.  The Vogler has been scraped and sanded inside in preparation for paint once the weather warms up.

Upcoming projects include making floorboards for the Fancy Pram, and resumption of the construction of the Gartside Pram.

Repairs to the Sam Mac transom.
Repairs to the Sam Mc transom.
Sanding the Vogler
Sanding the Vogler

There is something to do every Saturday morning at the shed.

Work on Gartside Pram Continues

The shed is set up nicely, the boats are in the water awaiting their next voyages, and work on the Gartside Pram continues throughout the summer.

Come on down to the Heritage Harbour at the Vancouver Maritime Museum saturdays from 10:00 until mid afternoon / early evening or check us out at

We’re always looking for new members to build, restore, and use our fleet of little boats.

The Gartside Pram under construction in the shed at 1907 Ogden Ave, Vancouver

Work Has Resumed on “The Gartside Pram”

This weekend work resumed on the Paul Gartside designed pram at the boat shed.  The planks that Gerry Stensgaard made at the Vancouver boat show have been affixed and are ready for clench nailing and final bevelling.  Then to spile and shape the next strake.  Only four or five more to go!

D’Arcy Has Lettering Renewed

Thanks to Kathy Bond, a conservator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, D’Arcy has freshly painted lettering.  Ms. Bond supports our efforts restoring and maintaining heritage boats and we truly appreciate the favour.  Thank you Kathy.


D’Arcy, Vogler, Sam Mc Launched

The weather was perfect for the re-launching of the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club’s fleet last saturday.  After a liberal dousing of champagne on the bows by Ms. Leanne O’Grady, the transom of D’Arcy dipped into the cool waters of English Bay for the first time in two years.  Ms. O’Grady was first to take to the oars and many members had a chance to row the sixteen-foot vessel.  All agreed that she is a fine rowing craft.



The Sam Mc and Vogler were taken sailing and rowing respectively.  A fine breeze filled the Sam Mc’s Sail and she tacked and jibed more than a few times.  Many members took the Vogler for a tour of the harbour.  All in attendance seemed pleased to be out in a boat or mingling dockside.  All three vessels now rest dockside awaiting their next voyage.

D'Arcy re-launched!


Sam Mc sailing in background, Vogler rowing in foreground.

Boat Launch @ The Boat Shed







The Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club will be launching its spring fleet on Saturday, April 14 between 12:00 and 16:00 and ALL ARE WELCOME!!  The boats will slip their moorings and club members will have a chance to take the boats out for the first time this season!

Members are encouraged to bring life jackets, their beverages of choice and barbeque-ables for the grill.

Non-members are welcome to visit us dockside at the Maritime Museum’s Heritage Harbour, 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver to check out the shed, the fleet, and the club.

On another note: Membership fees are due for 2012.  They are $30.00 before April 30 and $40.00 after that.  Oarlock and Sail Boat Users Group fee remains $50.00 per year.  Still a steal of a deal.

More Information at our website:

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.