The details are being worked out for us to partner with several charities who work with cancer kids and other kids-at-risk communities - mostly in Toronto. Our 1957 27' Shepehrd "Despina" and possibly some of our smaller boats will be based in Toronto Harbour where we are creating a number of Kids Boating Camp Days. These days will include rides in the big Shepherd with an opportuinity to "drive", a sailing experience, rides and training in our smaller boats, rowing and fun ways of learning some basic boating skills.
We will pass on the names of these org's as soon as we have permission to do so!
Meanwhile back at the boatshop in the Glen we are getting ready for our participation in the Big Daddy Festival on Fathers Day Weekend - which will include a Boats For Folks skiff building event this year as well as the Paint-A-Boat Mural on the Wavecrest, Design-A-Cupcake and of course an antique boat show.
|seats ready to go back in|
|rails freshly varnished and ready|
The raffle skiff is done except for final assembly, skiff kit parts are coming off the George and Jim assembly line and things are looking good in the Boats 4 Folks department!
|outer planks off to John's!|
|and ready for planking!|
John managed to strip the outer planks for the Shepherd Outboard at great risk! The inner planks are ready to go back on the boat this week. Peter has the Mercury Marathon stripped down and the parts list done - it is clear that this is the first time this engine has been appart since built in 1960!
|George checking out Peter's discoveries|
Quail our 10' cedarstrip tender is turned over and will need rib replacement taking us into new ground - steaming!
|pretty little boat, lots of work first!|
Exciting times at the boatshop! Come on out and have a look any Saturday morning!