CABBS at Paddlefest: Promoting Our Six-Hour Canoe Boatbuilding Class

Chip Caine and Wes Roepke talk up the Six-Hour Canoe at Paddlefest, August 19th.

The CABBS booth at  Cleveland MetroParks Whiskey Island Paddlefest promoted our upcoming Six-Hour Canoe boatbuilding class.  Planned for March, 2018, participants will build and paint their own Six-Hour Canoe over four consecutive Saturdays. Our booth featured one unfinished boat and one fully painted.


Paddlers wait for a bulk freighter to clear the race course area.

A brief but thoroughly soaking rainstorm delayed the start of the Paddlefest races.  But what a truly Cleveland-esque seascape:  The breakwall, the lighthouse, the Coast Guard station, and a bulk freighter backing out of the river.  The sunshine returned and the paddleboard and kayak races got underway.


EL SEGUNDO a purposely unfinished, demonstrator Six-Hour Canoe.

The name of the Six-Hour Canoe is somewhat of a misnomer.  It is much more of a kayak.  A single person sits in it like a kayak and uses a double-bladed paddle.  One can hardly build and paint the boat in six hours.  It will more likely take 16 – 24 hours.

The upcoming boatbuilding class will be guided by experienced builders and primarily use hand tools to assemble the boat.  No woodworking skills are required.  Newbies, women, and an adult working with a child (11+ years-old) are encouraged to participate.

Some worked and some watched but everyone had a good time.

Special thanks goes out to the CABBS team that refurbished Don Gregg’s two Six-Hour Canoes and prepped them for the booth display.  It’s always fun getting together!

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