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Shearwater Boats founded in 1994 by Eric Schade in Phippsburg, Maine(ME). Eric is an mechanical engineer and builds canoes and kayaks. Shearwater is small family business, Eric and his wife Sue have constructed canoes, kayaks and paddles for their very pleased clientele. Constructed of wood, the hand built boats by Shearwater are beautifully shaped and use different building techniques. Shearwater makes very unique boats customizing them specifically for the owner.
Custom work in designing special additions or features that could include a rudder to a storage hatch for binoculars or configuring the boat for a outboard is what Shearwater excels in. Shearwater offers several models of canoes and kayaks that have specific features for different applications. Shearwater will be happy to construct a boat for you from Shearwater plans or from plans you have. Shearwater is based near the ocean and offers demos so you can check out the handling of their boats compared to a few other brands.
Shearwater also offers kits with wood included or plans for the build it yourself boater. The plan method you can chose the construction method of stitch and glue or the strip deck hybrid that a woodworker would enjoy. The plan method gives a list of materials needed. Eric also offers classes on building canoes and kayaks in Maine, Maryland and Michigan. So you can have the guided experience that Eric has developed over many years that he has been building boats.
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