For many Woody Boaters in the northern parts of the USA and Canada, their classic boats are now winterized and tucked away, in hibernation for the season… Some are stored in the garage, or secure storage facilities, or the boat shed out back… and some are happily stored in their favorite environment – the boathouse at the lake. We know they like the boathouse environment because we continue to hear stories about those very original wooden boats that emerge from their original boathouses, where they have lived for their entire life.
Last weekend, fellow Woody Boaters Kait and Chris Bullen discovered they had an unexpected visitor in their buddy Greg’s boathouse on Lake Muskoka. The visitor also has an “appetite” for classic wood – Here’s their story…
Texx – There isn’t many reasons to go out on the water on a rainy December day after the leaves had fallen, but this such day on December 2nd was a little unique.
On an island 15 minutes from the marina, a boathouse needed rescuing. This was an area that had been taken over by Bob the Beaver. We have to give Bob some credit, he does have good taste… After all, Bob did decide to shack up with “Lightning” – Greg’s beloved 22′ Peter Breen built gentleman’s racer for the winter. But do beavers like varnish covered mahogany? We didn’t want to find out!
Bob had completely filled the slip beneath the very wood boat, and he was fixin’ to stay the winter and have a nice comfy place to rest his tired tail.
Bob the Beaver scavenged the shoreline of every branch and twig available. When that wasn’t enough, Bob got greedy and attempted filing down a mighty deciduous. Bob’s greed had upset the islanders and they started to protest.
Bob had quite some time to work on his new winter home which meant clearing out a lot of branches. Once all the brush was removed it made quite a pile.
The day was now late and so we all went back to the main land in the only boat left in the water this late into the fall season: a big Stanley Bullnose 26′ with a 225hp Yamaha.
However as we looked back to say goodbye to the lake for the season, Bob the Beaver had taken his revenge and was sighted racing down the lake, speeding by in “Lightning”, living up to her name with her new prop and 325HP Corvette engine, she was out of sight in seconds.
By Kait and Chris Bullen
Great story Kait and Chris, thanks for sharing it with us today. After reading your story about Bob the Beaver (who by the way is one of Canada’s National Symbols), two questions come to mind…
1. Has Peter Breen the innovative master boat builder developed a varnish that repels beavers yet?
2. Does Hagerty Marine Insurance have a “Beaver” clause in their policy?