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B.W.B. is building a vessel with sustainable materials to row and sail 750 miles to Alaska in a race against resource exploitation.
B.W.B. is building a vessel with sustainable materials to row and sail 750 miles to Alaska in a race against resource exploitation.
83 backers pledged CA$ 6,887 to help bring this project to life.

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Barefoot Wooden Boats has been building boats with reclaimed lumber since 1999. We are building the Barefoot 5.8 - a 19ft monohull yawl - to showcase alternatives to conventional boatbuilding materials. It is built with Ecopoxy, a plant-based epoxy, and coated in Aquagard, a water-based marine enamel. Every effort is being made to reduce our petroleum dependancy. 

The R2AK is a 750 mile, non motorized race that will travel through the entire coastline of Western Canada. We will travel by oar and sail from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. Vessels and crews will be completely self reliant. This race will be a platform to raise awareness about the unacceptable risk of tanker traffic through the narrow waterways of this coast. We will this use opportunity to be a voice for the plants, animals, and people that depend on this beautiful and fragile ecosystem.

The final piece missing in our project is a suit of racing sails - these are expensive, and despite our many skills we are not qualified to make them. This is where we need your help!

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Tshirts with our Custom Race Graphic.

Order a Custom Barefoot Mini 6' POGI (Tad Roberts Design). Red cedar planks on yellow cedar frames, plywood bottom sheathed in epoxy/glass.

Barefoot Mini POGI (6') used as a bed
Barefoot Mini POGI (6') used as a bed
Barefoot Mini 6' POGI on the beach.
Barefoot Mini 6' POGI on the beach.

 A one of a kind Electric Launch - designed by Tad Roberts and built by the Silva Bay Shipyard School.

Electric Launch out front of the Barefoot shop.
Electric Launch out front of the Barefoot shop.

Risks and challenges

We first found out about this race in September of 2014. By the time we had fully considered what would be involved and whether or not we were up to the challenge it was November. This only left us 6 months to build a vessel suitable to win this race. Deciding that we needed as much time as possible to train in this new boat, we set a launch date of April 11, 2015. This is the date when the Silva Bay Shipyard School historically had their launch festival. As the Barefoot shop occupies the former site of this boatbuilding school, we thought this was an appropriate time to launch. Six months is a short time to build a boat of this type, but the Barefoot/Roberts builder-designer team has years of experience working together.

The bulk of this project has already been completed and we are on schedule, however, we still have a long way to go until Ketchikan. Fortunately, six weeks of training in the new boat, combined with Barefoot Wooden Boats record of wins in the Shipyard Raid, will give us the tools we need to bring this project to victory.

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    Email updates with photos of the boats build and progress, as well as race updates.

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    Email updates with photos of the boats build and progress, race updates, as well as two stickers: Barefoot Wooden Boats Logo and Barefoot's Custom Race Graphic by Paperboat Studio - both on clear vinyl backings.

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    Email updates and a half day rental of one of Barefoot's Fleet of "Pogi's" - 12 foot wooden row / sail vessels (3 people max, comfortably 2).

    This can be gifted to the person of your choice :)

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    Email updates and a 3 Hour Tour on The R2AK Barefoot 5.8 around picturesque Gabriola Island, British Columbia sometime this summer (July, August, September) with Captain Quill Goldman.

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    A mini 6 ft Custom POGI built by Barefoot Wooden Boats. Designed by Tad Roberts, this vessel is a fully functional mini rowboat that doubles as a child's bed.

    IF shipping is required (outside of BC) please email for information.

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    A 15 ft Tad Roberts Electric Launch. Built in 2005 by the Silva Bay Shipyard School.

    Pick up along the BC Coast necessary.

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