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by Rob

Giesler Boats: a family tradition for 90 years!

August 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Giesler Boat Company in Powassan, Ontario, has been building cedar-strip runabouts and canoes for ninety years! Their economical, practical and light-weight boats are favourites with fishermen and lodge owners.The 18 foot Nipissing model is the flagship watercraft of the fleet,  though Giesler will build a boat up to twenty feet in length. As well as new builds, the Company spends considerable time refurbishing and refinishing watercraft of all stripes for their customer base.  Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Giesler cedar-strip boats: see how it’s done

November 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

In this video, Gerry Giesler discusses some basics in the business of cedar-strip boat construction, and techniques used by his company. Enjoy. (Part One)

by Rob

Giesler Boats: A family enterprise since 1927!

November 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

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This year Giesler manufactured 50 cedar-strip boats of varying sizes and styles.

Not many wooden boat builders can boast an 89 year history. Yet Giesler Boats, of Powassan, Ontario, can do just that…having been in the business of manufacturing cedar-strip watercraft for almost nine decades.
Very few builders can claim the numbers that Giesler notches up. Gerry Giesler, current owner/manager of the family enterprise, revealed in a recent visit that 50 cedar-strip vesssels of varying styles and sizes left the shop this year. With some twenty-plus models to choose from, including everything from canoes to big water boats, customers certainly should be able to find a vessel that suits their needs.

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Transoms on Giesler Boats are solid mahogany

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Here a new sistered rib is installed and trimmed.

Spring and summer are generally reserved for new builds, while the fall and winter months cater to repair work. Currently, some thirty boats are in line for refurbishment at the shop.
Gerry notes that wooden canoes,row boats and power boats are particularly popular in northern regions of Ontario, (and other somewhat remote areas) especially for fishing and hunt camps. Why? They can be repaired on the spot, if damaged. A can of epoxy and fibreglass cloth can perform wonders at the bottom of a rapid, whereas an aluminum boat would likely have to be shipped out for repair work. The light weight of a cedar-strip boat is also a great bonus when trailering.

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Each cedar-strip plank is precision cut to abut successive boards tightly, creating a “smooth skin” for the boat

If a customer requests it, an epoxy-fibreglass cloth bottom will be installed on a Giesler.  Prices for a Giesler range from approxiamtely $2500 CDN for a basic canoe to $6,750 for a “bare bones ” 18 foot Georgian Bay model. (2016 price list CDN ) not including a motor. Upgrades to all models are available.

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Customers can request an epoxy bottom on a Giesler, (recommended on the exterior surface only.)

Over the years, Gerry and his staff have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience that has helped to refine the construction and finishing techniques of Giesler Boats. We offer a hearty “congratulations” to Gerry and his staff, and wish the company every success in the next ninety years of operation.
(For more information on Giesler Boats, stay tuned for the upcoming videos. Many thanks to Ray Richards for the photographs in this post).

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Giesler boats can be ordered in many different configurations. (This model is in for repairs)