If you live near Columbus, Ohio and want to take a break from the Polar Vortex this weekend, we have some good news for you. If you don’t live near Columbus, Ohio – There’s nothing we can do for you, buy some long underwear! (Click on the Polar Vortex link above – It’s shocking!)
Fellow Woody Boater David Brandenstein from Akron, Ohio contacted us via our Facebook page to let us know that the annual Wooden Boat Open House is this weekend (March 1st) near Columbus, Ohio.
Texx – The Skiff Craft factory is having the annual Open House this Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. If any of your viewers are interested in attending, please contact Steve at the factory 614-873-4664 during the day. This is a cool opportunity to see boats in various stages of refurbishing, the jigs that current wooden boats are built on (22 feet – 31 feet), wooden boat flea market table (buy or bring things to sell), or just come by to smell the years of varnish in the air. – David
Here’s some information from the Skiff Craft Boats website. – Texx
Handcrafted Wooden Boats Classically Designed Since 1904.
Handcrafted by artisans. Skiff Craft boats are lovingly made by hand one at a time. Building one takes two to three months, so only a limited number are made each year. A master builder personally selects the materials to be custom milled and machined. Then each boat is meticulously crafted from framework to finish by a team of artisans who ply their time-honored skills. You’ll love the result.
The finest design and materials. This classic wooden boat is steeped in tradition and built with integrity. The large cockpit creates a feeling of spaciousness and luxury, unlike anything else on the water. Air-dried white oak is selected for the keel and one-piece ribs are steamed and formed. Fir plywood specially ordered from the Pacific Northwest is chosen for the keel-to-gunwhale hull. Quality is everywhere, down to the brass screws and stainless-steel bolts.
Last summer while we were touring Minnesota, Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service arranged for us to take a tour of the huge Tonka Bay Marina (Skiff Craft office) on Lake Minnetonka, which was great – an impressive operation which also stores over 600 boats over the winter. Minor maintenance to your Skiff Craft can be completed at Tonka Bay Marina, and more extensive maintenance work and wood repair / restoration work is sent to the Skiff Craft plant in Plain City, Ohio.
The Skiff Craft marque is popular in Minnesota, and when we were boating on Lake Minnetonka, the big elegant skiffs were everywhere. – Texx
David also noted that for anyone interested in attending the Wooden Boat Open House this weekend, the Skiff Craft factory is located at:
225 Guy Steet, in Plain City, Ohio – where they still produce wooden boats today.
Tell them that Dave sent you…
Skiff Craft Boats