Moving in harmony with the river.

Detailed Description:

There is something deeply satisfying about fitting-in: seeing, yet not being seen or blending so well that one becomes part of the environment and not a visitor. A coracle does this almost by default. Its hull does not vibrate with resonating hard sounds; its lines do not catch the eye as harsh, overly straight or contrasting.

Sudden movements and a turbulent wake are essentially impossible- the rhythm of the boat is dictated by the body of water upon which it rides. A coracle floats, and transports too.

The shallow draught allows access to marshes and estuaries where most other craft would ground opening up fantastic opportunities to fish, hunt, forage, observe or chase a fleeting face of tranquility.

With a coracle, the pride comes from an ancient place of practicality and self-absurdness that no amount of chrome, horsepower or go-faster stripes can diminish. Buying one is almost unheard of as they are almost always made and used by the same person, a person who thinks perfectly well of themselves just the way they are without need for compensation.

Coracles are easily carried and do not snag-up on portages. They leave both hands free to carry other gear- such as fishing tackle, camping equipment or a good book. With little maintenance and easily found materials, the coracle is perhaps the perfect balance of practicality, sustainability, history and contentment possible, a delight to warm anyone’s life.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • History of the Coracle
  • Coracles In Use Around The World
  • Historic and Modern Adaptations Of An Ancient Boat
  • Limitations of The Design
  • Identification of Suitable Natural Materials
  • Staying Safe At The Coracle Building Workshop
  • How to Make a Coracle
    • Seat Construction
    • Attaching Gunwales
    • Forming a Frame
    • Applying A Textile
    • Waterproofing A Textile
    • Finishing Touches
    • Carving a Paddle
    • Considerations for Storage
    • Transporting a Coracle
    • Making Simple Repairs to Your Boat
  • Demonstration: Paddling and Maneuvering A Coracle
  • Maiden Voyages and Practice Paddling In Shallow Water

Prerequisite: None

Physical Requirement: You Must Be Able to Swim 15m in a Life Jacket PFD

Age Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years of age to attend this course unaccompanied.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • This course is not suitable for young people under the age of twelve.
  • Each place booked is for one boat only. However, individuals, couples or small groups of three may work together on a boat. If you are planning to enroll as a team, please contact the Head Office so we can send you an appropriate booking package.

Hospitality: 

During the day, we will provide fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, tea and coffee.

Participants must bring their own bag lunch and any personal snacks. We will take two, 15 minute Coffee Breaks and one, 30 minute Lunch Break during the course of the day. Please plan ahead and arrive fully prepared, as the nearest stores may not be attainable.

Gear:

You are welcome to make or buy your own gear. Although we would like to encourage you to be as self-reliant as possible, all gear used by students in the course must meet the safety standards of the Quartermaster. In some cases, it may be wise to contact the Quartermaster if you have any questions or doubts about gear crafting projects you would like to undertake in preparation or if you would like to make substitutions to the items listed on the Watercraft Kit List.

We will try to help supply you with used gear for rent if you are unable to find, borrow or purchase gear for the course. To ensure a selection and availability of the items you require, please submit the Watercraft Kit List to the Quartermaster at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course Schedules and Specifications:

The DIY Coracle Boat Building Workshop is offered several times a year, in different conditions, seasons and locations in Canada. Check the list below and read the specifications carefully to make sure that you are signing up for the right course.

DIYC 09/06/19 • DIY Coracle Boat Building Workshop (3 Days) • Boat Building Workshop • $350.00

Course Dates: Friday, September 6, 2019, to Sunday, September 8, 2019

  • Start Time: 9:00 am on Friday, September 6, 2019
  • End Time: 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Location: Boat Building Workshop

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DIYC 09/20/19 • DIY Coracle Boat Building Workshop (3 Days) • Boat Building Workshop • $350.00

Course Dates: Friday, September 20, 2019, to Sunday, September 22, 2019

  • Start Time: 9:00 am on Friday, September 20, 2019
  • End Time: 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 22, 2019

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Location: Boat Building Workshop

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DIYC 05/01/20 • DIY Coracle Boat Building Workshop (3 Days) • Boat Building Workshop • $350.00

Course Dates: Friday, May 1, 2020, to Sunday, May 3, 2020

  • Start Time: 9:00 am on Friday, May 1, 2020
  • End Time: 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Location: Boat Building Workshop

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DIYC 06/12/20 • DIY Coracle Boat Building Workshop (3 Days) • Boat Building Workshop • $350.00

Course Dates: Friday, June 12, 2020, to Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • Start Time: 9:00 am on Friday, June 12, 2020
  • End Time: 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2020

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Location: Boat Building Workshop

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