3 to 4 day canoe build
For solo or tandem paddlers
Super stable family canoe and easy to build!!
All dates have space unless FULL next to them..
We have stopped taking bookings as we need to full-fill current builds that have been cancelled due to Covid restrictions.
February 19th - 22nd ( CANCELLED DUE TO COVID )
March 19th - 22nd ( CANCELLED DUE TO COVID )
April 2nd - 5th ( CANCELLED DUE TO COVID )
April 30th - May 3rd ( CANCELLED DUE TO COVID )
May 28th - 31st ( FULL )
June 11th - 14th ( FULL )
June 25th - 28th ( FULL )
July 9th - 12th
July 23rd - 26th
August 6th - 9th ( FULL )
August 13th - 16th ( NEW )
August 20th - 23rd
September 17th - 20th
October 8th - 11th
THE ORCA LAKELANDER
The 'Lakelander' is 14' 6'' long by 35''' . She has very graceful lines, is very stable in the water and retains a good load carrying capacity, and weighs in at only 25kgs.
The canoe is built for two people to paddle and allows plenty of space for a third, and for kit stowage, dogs, kids, picnic hampers etc …
We use light-weight materials so the canoe can be lifted and carried by one person and can be easily transported on the roof of a car. For the shell (hull), we use a high grade poplar-core ply, with Spruce gunwales and locally grown Oak and Ash for the thwarts and seats. All seams will be reinforced with marine grade epoxy resin and fibre-glass tape...
Have a look at how we build page to see... how it's done (it's super simple)
SOLO VERSION 12ft can be built, same cost just let us know.
This is the same canoe but shortened, making it much lighter and best suited as a solo canoe only, the build time will be the same.
CAN I BULD IT?
YES YOU CAN!
The canoe is designed to be built by complete novices. The stages of construction are very straightforward and progressive, and as you build your canoe, you will be surprised at how quickly it comes together. You will be working on your own canoe. If you have never done any wood work, bringing friends and family to help, makes the job much easier and fun! Don’t forget... we've had years of practise eradicating those time consuming errors and we are always on hand to help if you need, but remember this is your canoe to build….
NOTE: no extra cost to bring helpers along,,the more the merrier.
We love seeing what amazing designs and colurs folk paint their canoe, and painting your canoe is one of the best parts. We have done a side elevation of the Prospector so you can use this to design your own artwork on the canoe. Its a PDF file, just print a load off and get inspired.
This is a self-catering course, so bring some daytime fodder. We normally have a 1 hour lunch break so plenty of time to nip off to the local for food if you need as well. We have tea and coffee a plenty, so no need to bring flasks etc.
WHO WE ARE
The workshops are run by Steve and Dan. Two self proclaimed canoe nuts, who have been building canoes since 1994!
There is plenty of time to paint your canoe, we have a selection of colours but feel free to bring your own.
And yes you can paddle your canoe once the paint is dry right out of our workshop on Ullswater!!
Don't forget your roof bars, and some decent cam buckle straps.. we have purpose made canoe straps for sale £10 a pair if you need some.
NOTE: We don't recommend ratchet straps.
LAKELANDER OPTIONAL EXTRAS
All extras can be now be purchased when you book a build, or you can wait till you are at the workshop.
The Lakelander comes with 2 standard seats made up of an oak spar and ply as a seat bace that you will need to make up. If you would like we have hand made web seats starting from £30, along with carry yokes.
SOLO OPTION The Lakelander being so light, is fine to paddle solo however we can still make it smaller if you wish, just let us know before hand.
All our workshops will be run from the shores of Ullswater at Pooley Bridge. There are plenty of campsites and accommodation in this area or you can still stay at our campsite in Greatstickland about 20min drive.
We can offer camping at Great Strickland (20 minutes away by car), but space is limited, so please text message Tom on 07774239699 to check availability.. It is a no frills kind of affair in a field.. there is a basic hot shower and flushing toilet. Dogs are allowed. This is all arranged with the farm owners and can be paid in cash to them.
If you want something closer to the workshop, the Pooley Bridge and Penrith area has plenty of other options from luxury glampsites to B&Bs and hotels. Have a look at our accommodation page for some options.