While I don’t see myself re-posting all of my projects posted elsewhere, this one is a little special.

Friendship is the boat that I promised myself throughout my working life (as a wooden boat builder) that I would build for myself upon retirement. I retired in the spring of 2004 and after renovating a new (to us) house, began her construction in December of ‘05. By the end of June ’06 she was sailing and I have spent some of my happiest hours aboard her over the past eight summers in the Canadian Gulf Islands and the American San Juan’s.

Please come for a sail.

Thanks for looking .


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The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.


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William ...

And it is definitely worth reporting Shipwrights. She is a beauty.
I am in awe of folks who have built their own wooden boats. I dream of one days building myself a very small wooden fishing boat. I see something like this though and it is amazing. I’ve studied on what I need to do to build my little dingy and just cannot fathom building this creation in under a year.
The good times aboard are well deserved.

Michal Bulla ...

Oh my, what a beautiful boat. You did a great job!

SPalm ...

This brings nothing but smiles Paul.
A truly wondrous build.


Cutworm ...

Hard for me to grasp the skill it takes to accomplish something like that. Absolutely awesome.

HorizontalMike ...

Ah crap… Don’t get me started,… Geez I’m jealous and miss my younger Navy days, but… Come on, I’m a ’lander now and and , and…….. 8-{

shipwright ...

Sorry Mike, I didn’t mean to ruin your day.
Got any big lakes nearby?

lanwater ...

This one is really special Paul.

I have seen a lot of boats in the San Francisco bay. Nothing as beautifull.


Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

Can I be your son? What a lovely boat. What a lovely boat. Just…Wow. I learned to sail when I was ten. I haven’t been on a sailboat for eight years. Just…Wow. Nice boat.

I’m now living at the head of a valley high in the mountains and far from the sea. I’m quite green with jealousy.

Regarding that “son” thing…I’ve got a few years on you so that may not work out.

Tim Dahn ...

Wow, pretty amazing work Paul. Loved the video too… Where is that?

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

I’d say Galiano Island? I just love how the maple leaf is level when she’s heeling.

shipwright ...

Thanks for the nice comments. She was a labor of love.
W&R, close but no cigar. It is the Cowichan Bay side of Saltspring Island.
The leaf isn’t so level on the other tack.

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

LOL….I suppose I’d have sorted that out if I’d wasn’t so jealous. Still, that’s just half the trip so you got it half right, eh? Gimballed inlays…now that’d be a skill.

I still own a part of a small patch on Pender that I haven’t seen in six years. It’s a small price to pay for what I have now, though. usually. Thanks for posting the vids…nice to see.

Moke ...

I cannot begin to fathom the work or skill that went into that boat. It is absolutely awesome. I am not fond of water, in fact I have been known to gasp for air in the shower, but I sure do enjoy looking at your craftsmanship…thanks for showing us

Madts ...

Well done my sailing brother.

a1jim ...

This looks like a dream boat alright,I could not imagine building such a wonderful craft.

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