About the Urban Oarsman:

 Gwragedd Annwnn drawing

Mike  is The Urban Oarsman.

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He rows his boat, “Gwragedd Annwn” in the waters around Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.

She is baised on Phil Bolger’s “Defender” design.   “Gwragedd Annwn” is 130% bigger, 14’6″ long from 11′.  Gwragedd Annwn was built for the 180km row down the Fraser River from Hope to the Hollyburn Sailing Club.

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Gwragedd Annwn on a gravel bar in Widgeon Creek.

“Gwraged Annwn” (goo-RAG-eth ANN oon), named after Welsh water fairies,  is an epoxy &  cedar strip built boat displacing 220 lbs. Her LOA is 14’6″, her WL is 14′.  She is 5′ wide and her depth from keel to gunwale is 2′.  She draws 10″ of water giving her 14″ of freeboard.  The spread of her oars is 18′.  She has two fixed-seat rowing stations.  She has four red cedar “D” section spoon oars, 8′ 6″ long.

The Urban Oarsman

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4 Responses to About the Urban Oarsman:

  1. Allan Harrington says:

    Hi Mike,
    I believe it was you I met at the Hollyburn Sailing Club open house this past community day. I mentioned an old friend Ted Eggert (604-922-3863) who has a beautiful wood sail boat he wishes to sell.
    The boat is an Enterprise with a drooping E which I am told is a extended hull. He has kept the boat and trailer immaculately and his current age and mobility does not allow him to use it. He is an X British Navy man, Policeman and Veteran.
    He has no computer and I was wondering if you could phone him to give some direction on selling his boat.
    With thanks,
    Allan

  2. Lou Parsons says:

    Mike,

    I used to row… an ugly, converted, 17 foot ‘frieghter’ canoe, but much better than the kayaking I’d been doing locally for years. And in a few days (this being the 15th November, 2014) I’ll have a new boat. See http://www.boothboats.com/whitehall/

    Your blog has given me a few hours of pleasure, some interesting perspectives on rigging out a boat, and I hope you’ll post again in the future.

    Regards,

    LouP

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  3. Jim McDowell says:

    Lou:
    I am an independent historian based in Steveston, currently writing a guidebook to historic locations in the Vancouver area. One of those locations is “Noon Breakfast Point” near Wreck Beach. I have taken adequate photos from the shore, but I need a few from the water. Do you have any suggestions as to how I might accomplish that task at reasonable expense? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Jim McDowell
    Author of UNCHARTED WATERS: THE EXPLORATIONS OF JOSE NARVAEZ (1768–1840), Ronsdale Press, 2015.
    604-274-2946

  4. Hi Mike,

    Thanks for posting your well-documented voyages.

    I needed to know the name of the treed island looking NE from the Pattullo Bridge. After a bit of googling, I found the information on your site. Thanks very much for your post!

    I hope to see more of your voyages online. It’s an eye-opener to see how everyday locations look from water level.

    I’m also wondering if you’ve ever made a trip to Poplar Island?

    Thanks again for all the effort that you have put into sharing your insights from your rowboat.

    Arthur

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