buy a Cedar strip boat ?
There are several advantages of wood construction besides its
First of all, wood has
strength. The weight to strength ratio of wood is better than
most other materials being used in boat construction. This means
that wooden boats
are lighter and stronger
than most boats made from other materials. Wood will also
withstand constant flexing, thus giving cedar strip boats a softer
, quieter ride , even
in the roughest
waters. Wood boats are also easily repaired without the need
complicated equipment , hazardous
chemicals, or extensive labour. With the
development of new adhesives to make the joints water tight,
advances in varnishes
and paints to minimize
maintenance, plus the natural beauty and warmth of wood,
you can see that a cedar strip really is the natural choice.
type of finish is on the boat?
Our standard finish is three coats of marine spar varnish, but we
can use any type
of varnish or paint you
would like. However, since there may be more labour involved
in applying other finishes , there may be an additional charge.
Also we would like to point
although our standard finish is durable and practical, it is not a
"high polish" finish.
the "high polish " finish more sanding and therefore
more labour is required.
often will I have to refinish the boat?
How often you refinish will depend on how much the boat is exposed
to the weather.
It's the ultra-violet light
that breaks down the varnish and darkens the wood. We
that you keep the boat in a boat
house or garage when not in use. If this is not possible, a
cover is a good investment.
should I do each year to maintain my boat?
Again, it will depend on how much the boat is used, but we
recommend that you at least do the following:
1. At the end of the boating season clean out your boat and remove
the floorboards. Use warm
soapy water with a
disinfectant (borax or chlorine) and a wet/dry vacuum to remove as
much dirt and water as possible.
Store the boat out of the weather. Either outside and covered or
inside a storage building or
garage. It is
important that the boat be supported at transom and at the front
only to avoid
creating any hollows in the
middle of the boat.
3. In the spring, a
few weeks before you plan to use the boat, check the boat over and
varnish or paint (if needed) on the
decks, seats and outside of the boat. On the inside bottom
(below the seats) apply a coat of a mixture of clear wood
preservative , boiled linseed oil
varnish (approx. 3 parts wood preservative: 1/2 part linseed oil:
1/2 part varnish)
note : the linseed oil
will darken the wood and is optional.
Another option is to use a mixture
of borax and boric acid with water. Use 2 parts borax with 1 part
boric acid and mix in hot water until it is dissolved ( 20%
solution ) Then spray it into the boat . We recommend this be done
in the fall. Once the solution has dried you can apply a light
coat of varnish in the spring if needed.
the inside we recommend that you thin the varnish ( about 20%)and
use a spray bottle to apply it.
your boat for another season.
my boat leak?
Some of our boats will require a "soaking up" period and
for the first 2 to 3 days the boat
is in the
water it will leak. After that it should be watertight for the
rest of the season
(if it is left in the
water). If it continues to leak after the third day there may be a
If so, try to locate the source of
the leak and give us a call. In most cases it can be fixed
easily by you or by us.
can I do to eliminate the "soaking up period"?
The option of fiber glassed your boat will eliminate the
"soaking up period".
This is a
thin layer of fiber glass applied to the outside bottom of the
boat that makes the boat
watertight. We recommend fiber glassing if you can not leave the
boat in the water
all season. Some models
have fiber glassing as standard equipment. Please refer to the
line section of this website for
the fiberglass make the boat rot?
No, the fiberglass is only on one side of the wood . This allows
the wood to "breathe", therefore
it will last just long as a boat without fiberglass ,under the
long will a cedar strip boat last?
That will depend on how it is maintained, how it is stored and how
it is used . The average
life of a cedar
strip, under normal conditions, is about 25 years without any
If the boat is treated with
clear wood preservative each spring, and kept as clean and dry
possible inside (don't leave water in it
over the winter), then it could last 30 or 40 years without
any major repairs. We have repaired some wooden boats that were
over 40 years old and will
long would I have to wait when I order?
We have most of our standard models in stock, so there is no need
to wait. However if you want
we don't have in stock, it will take between 2 to 6 weeks to build
on the model and how many
options or changes you specify. And yes, we will custom build
boat to your specifications. We can not
easily change the design of the outside hull, but we can
do just about anything to the inside design. Show us the plans for
the boat of your dreams and we
will try to
make your dreams come true.