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The Urban Oarsman & Son build a Canoe part two

Weekend two of the Canoe Build:   This Sunday we ripped some strips for the stem and stern  laminations. We used the shopsmith, and a fingerboard to rip some philippine mahogany I had into 3/16″ strips.  We cut five strips for … Continue reading

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The Urban Oarsman & Son build a Canoe!

A situation faced by many an Oarsman… What do you do when your Son (or Daughter) tells you that they are a paddler? …Why you build a canoe in your new garage/workshop with them of course!   PAUL’S CANOE BUILD … Continue reading

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Wood & Leather Bailers

The Urban Oarsman Makes Wood & Leather Bailers for Gwragedd Annwn. I have made bailers before, out of plastic four litre/one gallon jugs.  The plastic jugs only last so long before sunlight degrades the plastic and they break.  All the … Continue reading

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May 12th, 2013 Row. Around Siwash Rock and back.

Launching Gwragedd Annwn at the Hollyburn Sailing Club.   Rowing towards Stanley Park.   Outrigger Canoes & safety boat practice along the shore.   Fireboat #1 races into Burrard Inlet.   Sentinal Hill in West Vancouver is in the background. … Continue reading

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Widegon Creek…High Fraser Flow Row. June 23rd, 2014.

June 23rd, 2014.  According to my Pitt River and/et Pitt Lake Chart, #3062, mid-June has the highest water levels of the year.  I am going to check it out.   Leaving home with Gwragedd Annwn in tow.     Across … Continue reading

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The Urban Oarsman. A Whale of a Row. October 4th, 2015.

The tide chart for the row: 2015-10-05   (Monday) Time Height PDT (m) (ft) 06:13am 1.4 4.6 1:39pm 4.3 14.1 7:50pm 2.9 9.5 The rowing plan is to ride the rising tide into False Creek and then out back to … Continue reading

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2015 Blood Moon Eclipse Row.

 The 2015 Blood Moon Eclipse Row is organized by the Hollyburn Sailing Club.  This event replaces the cancelled due to weather Fall Equinox Row. The tides for the row are:  Low Low at 11:27am, 1.4m/4.6′; High high at 5:49pm, 4.6m/15.1′; … Continue reading

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A dipping lug sail for Gwragedd Annwn. Making the mast part II

Gwragedd Annwn’s mast is 17’10¾” long, tapering from 2⅜” at the base to 2½” at the partners,  to 2″ at the top of the mast.  It weighs 19.4 lbs. I have finished sanding the mast and put two coats of thinned … Continue reading

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Brunette River/Sapperton Channel Row. March 31st, 2015.

The tides for the row are:  High high at 5:30am, 2.6m/8.5′; High low at 12:00. 1.3m/4.3′; Low high at 4:45pm, 2.0m/6.6′.  The tide will be outgoing until noon for the row down to the Brunette.  There will not be a … Continue reading

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Siwash Rock Sunset Row. May 31st, 2014.

May 31st, 2014.  A perfect evening to watch the Sunset at Siwash Rock.  Of course being the Urban Oarsman, I will watch from Gwragedd Annwn. The Low low tide was around 2:00pm, .9m/3′ and the High high will be around … Continue reading

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