Canoe Building Workshop
3 or 4 day canoe build
15ft 6'' long
2 Adults max
YOU CAN BUILD ANY CANOE ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING DATES.
All dates have space unless FULL next to them..
21st - 24th February FULL
20th - 23rd March
10th - 13th April CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19
8th - 11th May CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19
25th - 28th May CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19
12th - 15th June CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19
26th - 29th June CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19
17th -20th July
31st July - 3rd August
7th - 10th August
14th - 17th August
21st - 24th August
25th - 28th September
23rd - 26th October
NOTE: Due to Covid 19 we now have a back log of of unfulfilled bookings that we will prfioritize spaces to when we can run builds again. So any booking now will be put onto a waiting list and once we start running builds we will let you know if there is space.
Thanks and we appreciate you understanding.
THE ORCA PROSPECTOR
The Prospector is our most simple canoe to build, and an absolute classic. Due to her design features, she is a wonderfully safe and stable canoe.
She has a keel line, making for better tracking and less zig-zagging, if you are a first time paddler .
The build process is made even more simple with the use of uncomplicated joints. Build time is 4 days, but she can be completed in 3 if your time is limited.
Length 15 feet 6inches (can be shortened if required.
Width 36 inches Weight 26 kgs
Max load : 350 kgs
CAN I BUILD IT??
The Prospector is our easiest canoe to build, and 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 practice, 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, there's no extra cost to bring helpers along
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.
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.
PROSPECTOR OPTIONAL EXTRAS
All extras can be now be purchased when you book a build, or you can wait until you are at the workshop.
The prospector comes with 2 standard seats that you will fabricate during the course. If you would like we have hand made web seats starting from £30, along with carry yokes.
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 Great Strickland 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.