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Build Your Own Fox Double Paddle Canoe with Bill Thomas

Lowell's Boat Shop

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

Build Your Own Fox Double Paddle Canoe with Bill Thomas

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Tuition: $750 (10% discount for Lowell's Boat Shop Members) 

The cost for the kit is $1,375 for both members and non-members (no member discount).

Total class cost: Non Member: $2,125   Member: $2,050

$500 non-refundable deposit is required at time of registration. Students are required to call or stop at Lowell's to pay balance at least two weeks before the class start date (this avoids unnecessary online registration fees).  A minimum of four students is required to run this class; we reserve the right to cancel due to under-enrollment.

This class, offered over two consecutive three-day weekends (February 22-24 and March 1-3), will be taught by the boat’s designer Bill Thomas. Students will each have an assembled boat, ready for final sanding and finishing, at the end of the class.

Class begins Friday morning at 8:30am with a brief orientation and overview of what we will accomplish during class time. We’ll work until about 6:00 each evening, and should finish early in the afternoon on Sunday, March 3. Family-built boats or builders with partners are welcome.

Fox is a decked double paddle canoe, a boat intended for protected waters along the coast and for mountain lakes. With an 80” long cockpit, Fox is a grand boat for hunting, fishing and tripping with a dog or young child seated forward of the paddler. Two accessible watertight compartments add flotation and dry gear storage. There’s ample room for a camping kit. A rotating seat back and caned seat insure all day paddling comfort. Fox is 14’7” long with a beam of 30"; the finished weight is just over 40 pounds. For more information please follow this link:

Building the Fox to a high standard takes about 80 hours, including paint and varnish. In a six-day building class the boats are assembled and ready to transport, but students usually finish the epoxy coating, sanding and painting at home. (Once they have the boats home, students will need to provide their own sandpaper, paint, varnish and finishing supplies.) At the end of class all students will have Bill Thomas’s contact information and access to the 21-part building video on the Fox design.

In a review featured in Wooden Boats annual Small Boats issue Mike O’Brien commented on Fox’s handling. “Fox appears to have just the right amount of directional stability. It likes to keep going where we point it, yet it turns easily and predictably.” I’m not sure what more to ask for in a small boat.

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Lowell's Boat Shop
459 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

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Lowell's Boat Shop



Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell’s is the only remaining survivor of the area’s world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Building more than 2000 boats in 1911, this business was one of the first in the Nation to employ a seminal form of assembly line manufacturing.

Conveyed through seven generations of the Lowell family, Lowell’s Boat Shop was passed to the Odell family in the 1980’s and then to the Newburyport Maritime Society in the 1990’s. In 2006, Lowell’s was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit group with the mission of leading this National Landmark and Working Museum through its third century of wooden boat building.

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