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Klaus Grueber of Edmonton built this boat. It is a Roberts 34, a 34' Sailing boat which took him two years and eight months to build. He sailed it in lake wabamum for three years and it is now kept on the West Coast. Last year he sailed it to Alaska on a trip that took two months, exploring the coast along the way.
Chip Ross built his Glen-L Designed Alpha-2 (18'6" long) in Edmonton and has since moved to Vancouver Island to sail and enjoy the good life.
This beautiful 7' Lapstrake Okuome Mahogany Plywood row boat was built by Dale Hymanyk in Derwent, Alberta. He reports that it rows as good as it looks. Dale is now planning a bigger project.
The design of this boat is a Glen-L Bojest. It was built by Mr. Fenton Machardy of Edmonton. Photo August 1996.
Finally got around to launching my new boat and wanted to send you some pictures as promised. The boat was initially less stable than I expected, but I got much more comfortable in the first 20 minutes of being on the water. It is a very light craft and responds quickly to the oars. My maiden voyage was done with 6.5 foot oars and not the 8 footers. I'm switching over to the 8's next time as the 6's we clearly too small.
Once I got the feel of the boat I was able to row for quite some time. It seemed to me that the boat needed a couple of enhancements to make it easier to row. One is a non-slip seat or cushion to prevent me from moving around on the smooth seat. Also, I'll need to configure a couple of foot stops so I can push and pull at the same time. I found myself using more arm action instead of whole body.
A couple of power boats zoomed by creating a good size wake and the dory responded well. i suspect it could handle some big water if needed. All in all I'm delighted with the boat and it's initial test on the water. looking forward o having it out again soon.
Using an IPad so I'll be sending several pictures your way on separate emails. Thanks for all our help and assistance during the build.
All the best,
Well I made it. Thanks for the advice and help over the years.
Denis Meier 2012