Why People Build Boats

By Ron Frenette

Canoes take a rest

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.

Paddlers in 16' Prospector

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 Prospector's bow with mystical inlay

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.

17' Endeavour kayak in the Fox Islands chain

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