Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre – Kayak and Canoe Building Courses

These popular multi-day courses are being offered in September and October 2012 at the Maritime Centre in Cowichan Bay. The kayak is a 16’ Resolute model, while the canoe is a 15’ Freedom model, both designed by Steve Killing. Depending on attendance, multiple examples will be built by the participants. During the program they will learn all the steps of building a cedar-strip vessel. This includes interpreting drawings, setting up molds, building the keel and stems and forming the hull from bead-and-cove cedar strips. Fiberglass and epoxy will complete the hull. Following the “turn over” the class will lean the installation of coamings, seats, thwarts, and gunwales, and other finishing components. Everything but final varnishing will be finished by course completion.

The class will be guided by CBMS chief shipwright and lead instructor, Tim Doyle. At the end of the class students will be offered the opportunity to purchase a finished canoe for $2,200, or the kayak at $2,500; if not sold they will be offered to the public at $3,200 and $3,500.

Further information is available at 250-746-4955 or email

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