Why People Build Boats

By Ron Frenette

A rest break after crossing a big open stretch into a facing wind—day 2 of a 7-day trip. Closest is a 16’ Prospector, in the middle is Ron Frenette and his wife in their 17’ Nomad and on the outside is a traditional wood canvas canoe built in the 1950’s.

One reason people build boats is that they give you the opportunity to find beauty in otherwise inaccessible places. Paddlers in a 16′ Prospector check out an amazing faulted rock formation in northwestern Quebec, September 2008.

The 16’ Prospector, late in a day that saw rain and more rain. The deck is a piece of cherry, nicely sculpted, with an image of a mystical creature often seen in petroglyphs in northern Ontario.

Somewhere in the Fox Islands chain in Georgian Bay. Submerged rocks below crystal clear water make a great backdrop for this 17’ Endeavor kayak.