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A senior craftsman’s love of Hackers, plus Breen Boats project 4:

March 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to seventy-nine year old John Campbell of Texas, a fine craftsman who has been building boats for sixty years! John is a real Hacker enthusiast. He describes his latest project, ‘Rosita”, below.
“I must confess that I am hopelessly in love with this little boat and have lusted after ALL Hacker boats for at least 40 years. I have built radio controlled models of many of them….
I wanted to build Rosita full size (21′ X 5’2″all these years and life kept getting in the way and now I’ve found Slippery (John’s latest obsession, not pictured in this post) and MUST have her. I’m 79 years old and have been building wooden boat models and a few full size craft since I was 19…….I cannot imagine life without building a wooden boat and Mr. Hacker’s designs are simply the finest……I’ll keep you up to date with pics and progress on “Slippery”……..don’t be too surprised if you find that I’ll be powering her with a 31 hp liquid cooled V-twin Kawasaki or Kohler engine…….I build light and have it on good authority that 31 hp in this little boat will get me to 28 – 30 mph which is fast enough for an old man, no?…”
John Campbell

“PS: My Rosita is powered with 15,000 watt brushless water cooled electric motor running on 37 VDC…..she has not been wet yet….very recently finished….will be transported in a large spring-loaded wooden box mounted on my Castlecraft aluminum canoe trailer…..more pics to come when all is ready…”

Meanwhile, back in Ontario,
Peter Breen’s boat shop, located near Rockwood, Ontario. has been very active over the winter.
The water-craft below is a personal project for Peter, who has a fantastic collection of vintage canoes.  This is his latest acquisition. Built around 1900, this eighteen foot, “double-end” sailing canoe has all original wood. One section of planking has had a crack repaired and the entire boat is being hand-sanded –  to be followed by a few coats of varnish.

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