For Sale: 23’ Classic Displacement Hull Cabin Cruiser

  • Vessel design by A. Mason, Model Sedan Flybridge
  • Built in 1957 by Chivers Boatworks of Victoria, B.C.
  • Carvel planked red cedar on oak frames
  • 55hp, Chrysler Nissan diesel 4-cyl engine installed new in 1977

Boat purchased on December 31, 1965 out of Canoe Cove by current owner. It was used during summer months out of Qualicum Beach between 1966 and 1982. It has been well maintained and kept dry in boatshed during winter months. Has been in storage in covered boatshed since 1982.  Have copies of all three surveys performed since 1965. The last one dated April 1982.

Open to any reasonable offers to the right home! For more information contact Bill Seymour at or by phone at 250-474-0548.


FOR SALE: One Dream Too Many – $500

set of nymph canoe plans and build materials

Material to Build Two “Nymph” Canoes – Sold as one Complete Package – Includes:

Drawings from Guillemont Kayaks – One Set (Value $90)         

Wood Strips (Value $600):
Sitka Spruce (55 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Western Red Cedar (54 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Sapele Mahogany (41 strips) at 1/8” x ½” x 12’ long

MDF Strips (Value $160)
¾” MDF – Cut in strips for mould station
6 pieces at 16” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 8” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 1” x 8’ long

If you have the dream, this could bring you closer to it. Contact us if you are interested!

Lady With Good Bones Seeking Gentle Hands

Rainbow Skiff

photo courtesy of LMS Museum.

Robert and Margaret Lawson (Ladysmith, BC) of Brisen Boatworks donated this HMCS Rainbow Skiff to the Ladysmith Maritime Society (LMS) in 2010.  She entered retirement through public auction in 1929, and since then has languished as a lady of leisure – enjoying recreational ownership until 1977.

At that point, Barry Philbrook took her over until passing her onto Robert and Margaret in 1999; having never fulfilled his dream of restoration.  As an aside, Barry built our treasured 35’ Ed Monk Sr. cruiser as a custom runabout for Owen Fowler; a means of commuting between Sidney and the Tortoise Islets (off Portland Island).  We are told this was Barry’s 3rd boat while still under apprenticeship; built at Philbrook’s & Son Boatyard (Victoria, BC) in 1957.

For the next 11 years, between Robert and John Rodd, much work was accomplished on the Rainbow Skiff; both archival information and actual restoration.  She was donated to the LMS in hope that restoration could find completion.

She is still waiting for her final make-over; task list available.  Person(s) with skill needed!!

Here’s the story.  Enjoy the read. Read more

UBC Sailbot Update

UBC-sailbotLast issue we talked about our sponsoring of the UBC Robotic Sailboat team, they are gearing up for what should be an exciting competition.

They’ve made some great strides since that issue, especially in the construction of the cold-moulded hull and their control system and routing architecture… super nerdy and we love it!

Visit for more updates on this project.

Photo courtesy of the UBC Sailbot blog.

UBC Robotic Sailboat “Sailbot” Sponsorship

We were approached to sponsor this unique boating project at UBC with some product. Dave Tiessen, Mechanical Team Lead, gave us some insight and what they want to accomplish.

UBC Sailbot is one of the most successful of UBC Engineering’s student teams. They are three time winners of the International Robotic Sailing Regatta, who are now attempting a greater feat, a challenge called “The MicroTransat”.

“The competition entails sailing an autonomous sailboat across the Atlantic completely unassisted. So far no one has succeeded in this challenge. We plan to be the first.” Says Dave.

The team has made smaller boats (2 metres in length) in the past and were made completely of carbon fibre. This time, however, the team has opted to go a different route.

“We are looking at a larger 5 m design. We are planning to build that in the cold moulded style, hence the need for marine plywood.” He supplied us a photo of the plans, but we’ll keep that hush hush for now!

Dave promises to keep us in the loop with their progress and we will follow the journey with you in our blog and newsletter. We wish them the best of luck with the build!

For more information on the project visit these sites:

Yahoo News: ubc sailbot competition tests student inventiveness UBC engineers set sail against US Navy UBC Student Paper ubc-sailbot

Boat Building Takes The Spotlight


George Meier aboard SV Tuahine

We milled up some Fir for George earlier this year and he recently sent us these images of the hull plank replacement he did this summer on his boat using that fir! The skill of wooden boat building never ceases to amaze!


 3rd Douglas Sea Scouts Boating Building Projects

We donated about $500 worth of marine plywood to this local Sea Scout project. Instructor, Laurie Armstrong, kept us in the loop with the progress:

“14 Sea Scouts arrived and after a safety demonstration by Ross (tapping his glass eye with a screw driver and cutting a wrist sized soupbone on the bandsaw) the boys laid out patterns and cut all the pieces for four boats- bottom, 2 sides and 2 transoms. The hard part was keeping parents and leaders backed off so the kids could do the work. Each crew signed the bottom of what will be their boat, and so feel a sense of ownership as well as accomplishment. The adults were amazed at the dedication and focus, apparently expecting much less. Stocks are built so on Jan 4th we will continue and stitch and glue the boats together. That should give them a real boost to see the parts they cut be transformed into boats. Then it’s just gype and sand and sand and sand …… Then thwarts, knees and trim. all a success so far.”

Thank You Laurie and Leader Mike Dwyer for the updates and photos! Nice to see such inspired youth!

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Jan’s Day Off: ‘Dulwen’ Gets a Makeover

Jan & Shelley’s 1957 Ed Monk custom power cruiser built by Philbrook’s Boat Yard; at that time located in Victoria.  Living her first 55 years of life as a sleek 32’ in length; she now offers 35’ of zoom, zoom, zoom.

With Shelley’s approval, “Dulwen” got a makeover – cold moulding  2 layers of Edge Grain Red Cedar 1/4″ veneer x 6″  with epoxy glue to the bottom side and up to the top of the boot line!  Back in the water, she floated 2″ higher, gained almost 2 knots at the same RPM and generated a 20% fuel saving by lengthening the hull. And when under way,  no longer needed the assist of the swim tabs to balance the hull.

Check out the photos to see a visual of how it was done. If anyone is thinking about doing this to their boat, I would be happy to answer any questions.

Pender Island, BC – A Hotbed for Wood Enthusiasts


This summer, Jan and I have spent a number of days boating our local waters on Dulwen.  We became reacquainted with Pender and Saturna Islands.  Pender offered a couple of interesting venues for the boaters and woodworkers alike.

Firstly there was the first ever Hope Bay Boat Fest in June. This event was a great opportunity for wooden boat aficionados.  Stay tuned for 2014, it will only be better and West Wind hopes to be involved.

Secondly, the Fall Fair in August offered a slice of old country style farm fun.  Congratulations to customers, David MacKenzie and Sergei Petrov for their winning entries in the Wood Working Division.


Marine Restoration and Boat Repair

Academics * Trades * Sailing * Recreation. 

(Pictures supplied by Tyler Caddell)

This is a unique new program for Parkland Secondary, and the Parkland Marine Institute offers more than just fun………….though it is a lot of fun too!

The Marine Institute at Parkland Secondary gives students a range of opportunities.  It allows students to earn post-secondary credits and apprenticeships as well as earning certifications

required for work………….or purely for recreational use also.

The marine industry is a major employer in our region and like other industries, has become a complex, high-tech enterprise which generates a demand for skilled employees in a variety of areas.  This program offers students a chance to go hands on with their education.

Do you have an interest in and a passion for sailing?  Here’s an opportunity to earn graduation credits and various levels of certification through a combination of classroom-based instruction and “real’ on-the-water experience.  The area surrounding Sidney offers students a wealth of opportunities to explore the BC coastline as well as the recreational perks that come along with sailing opportunities at the Marine Institute.

The School and those involved in this unique program would love to hear from you.  Are you a parents or students; an active participant in the marine industry?  Click here to contact them.

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