R2AK SAIL, ROW, PADDLE. ALL THE WAY TO ALASKA !
750 coldwater miles from the Lower 48 to Alaska.
Team Barefoot Wooden Boats are all alumni of the Silva Bay Shipyard School. Having met through the common element of traditionally built boats over a decade ago, these guys continue to explore the processes of construction, and the natural environments that these vessels have to offer. Representing three of Canada's four best provinces, these guys are united in their love of the Ocean, and their determination to promote it's stewardship and enjoyment. They believe the closer ones experience with nature, the stronger their connection to it, and the less likely that it be taken for granted.
And what better way to get in touch than by oar and sail, through some of the most beautiful coastline on the planet.
Barefoot Wooden Boats would like to thank our sponsors.
Tad Roberts, of TR Design, for donating his time to devlop our race entry, the Barefoot 5.8 . Check out 'Oar and Sail" on his website for more, TR Design/Barefoot , projects.
We would like to thank Bob Wyche of Wyche Marine for his metal fabrication services.
Thank you Ocean Rodeo for offering to keep us warm and safe with your excellent drysuits.
Thank you Ecopoxy for providing us with a peanut/soy based alternative to traditional petroleum based epoxys.
Red Roaster Coffee is also owed our thanks, as they will be keeping our team caffinated with a custom, high performance blend.
Industrial Plastics has offered us a great deal on all our epoxy consumables and composite fibers; Thank you.
Westwind Hardwood, thank you for the hydrotek marine ply.
Thank you Kate Wood for offering to silkscreen our fundraising t shirts.
And thank you Claire Watson for creating the beautiful image for us to put on those t shirts
Forte Carbon has given us 50% off wholesale price on a carbon fiber mast. Thank you Tony.
Naval Architecture :
Tad Roberts Yacht Design
Barefoot Wooden Boats specializes in building traditionally styled boats with modern materials and methods. We have been building boats here since 1999 and our main focus has been on the open, rowing/sailing type, but we also do all types of wood repair and construction. Jobs here have ranged from 55 foot hollow spruce masts, replanking 250 foot mine sweepers and complete fishboat conversions, to building boats for Hollywood feature films. Our shop is located in beautiful Silva Bay and occupies part of the old Silva Bay Shipyard School building. Our front door is about 25 Feet from the winch house of the shipyards 100 ton Marine Railway. There is a 12 ton Travel Lift in the back yard, just on the other side of the covered tidal grid, capable of accommodating boats with 50' length and 15' beam.
Here at Barefoot Wooden Boats we endeavor to employ environmentally responsible practices wherever possible. Much of the lumber we use is from reclaimed sources. Plant based adhesives are used where appropriate. The work that we do is intended to last for generations. We are committed to promoting small boats and their use as a way of connecting to the natural world and encouraging the stewardship of its resources.
Daysailing and expedition tours are available in a variety of our traditionally styled boats. Trips Are facilitated by our associates http://www.bajakayakadventures.com/. Stay tuned for Schedules, Rates, and Locations.