Bear Mountain Boat Shop
Bear Mountain Boat Shop, owned by partners Ted Moores and Joan Barrett, is well known for pioneering
effective methods of woodstrip epoxy, small boat construction and for sharing
that expertise with amateur builders around the world. CanoeCraft and KayakCraft,
written by Ted Moores, have encouraged thousands to build light weight wooden
craft with professional results while using the most advanced materials
available. Ted's fascination with canoes and heritage craft began in 1972. Since
that time, the company has built and restored numerous boats from mahogany
runabouts to the fastest sprint racing canoes on the market.
Bear Mountain C15 (above) is used in
national class sprint racing one of the oldest organized sports in Canada. It
weighs 180 lb with a displacement of 2400 lb. The 1/4" cedar strip hull is
laid up with 6 oz fiberglass cloth using WEST SYSTEM® epoxy. The finished hull
is beautiful to look at yet easily maintained. Olympic gold medalist paddlers
like Caroline Brunet are often introduced to this sport in the C15 as it is a
good club boat which generates excitement and keen competition. To see 10 of
these boats heading down the racecourse with 150 paddlers bent on winning a 500
meter race is exhilarating and they can throw up a good wake too!
year the company produced the prototype and plug for a new one design high
performance sailing dinghy, the Fusion 15, designed by Canadian yacht designer
Steve Killing. Always ready for a new challenge, Ted had to produce a
complicated shape which would be used to create the plug for fiberglass
production but which would be also be used in competition on the water to test
and fine tune the design, sail plan, etc. Ted created a mold that basically
filled the space between the hull and the liner and then he planked both shapes
just the way he builds kayaks (above).
The two hulls were then glassed and glued together. The centerboard box, stems
and rudder pod were shaped from a combination of foam, glass cloth and marine
Bear Mountain offers a
variety of services for amateur small craft builders including books,
professional plans, instructional videos, building classes, scale models, an
interactive web site where builders can contact each other, and custom wooden
components for canoe and kayak kits.
Bear Mountain Boat Shop
PO Box 191
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 6Y8
Phone: (705) 740-0470
Fax: (705) 742-8258
Epoxyworks 16 / Fall 2000
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