Canoe Building Workshop
3 or 4 day canoe build
15ft 6'' long
Safe and stable family canoe
YOU CAN BUILD ANY CANOE ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING DATES.
All dates have space unless FULL next to them..
25th - 28th October
15th - 18th November
21st - 24th February
20th - 23rd March
10th - 13th April
8th - 11th May
25th - 28th May
12th - 15th June
26th - 29th June
17th -20th July
31st July - 3rd August
7th - 10th August
14th - 17th August
21st - 24th August
25th - 28th September
23rd - 26th October
THE ORCA PROSPECTOR
The Prospector is our most user-friendly canoe, and an absolute classic. Due to her design features, she is a wonderfully safe and stable canoe, and even easier to build than the Lakelander. She is capable of carrying a far greater load than our other canoes, and as such, lends herself well to a multitude of uses.
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 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, there's no extra cost to bring helpers along
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 it 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. We also cane make up sailing rigs and foldaway cabins, all can be purchased at the workshop.
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 our Great Strickland workshop (20 minutes away by car), but space is limited so its first come first get a spot so please let us now when you book. It is a no frills kind of affair in a small woodland just opposite the workshop, there is a basic hot shower and flushing toilet. The woodland can get muddy after a lot of rain!! price is £5per person per night £2 under 18s and £1 for a dog. This is all arranged with the farm owners and can be paid in cash to them.
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.