Silva Bay Shipyard School Society

Maintaining the Art of the Wooden Boat


Recent Press Releases

Fall 2011, BCAA Westworld Magazine – Page 31-34: Celebration of Jon and Alex’s build of the Francoise de la Rosa

September 2011, Western Mariner – Page 33-34 : Review of the Silva Bay Shipyard School

SBSS Facebook Page

Silva Bay Shipyard School Facebook Page

Local Wooden Boat Festivals

May 18 – 20th 2012: Maple Bay Wooden Boat Show

May 26th 2012: Silva Bay Shipyard School – Marine Equipment Exchange

TBA 2012: Ladysmith Maritime Festival

TBA 2012: Cowichan Bay Maritime Festival

12th August 2012: Richmond Maritime Festival

23-26 August 2012: Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival

31 Aug – 2 Sep 2012: Victoria Classic Boat Festival

4 Sept 2012: Deer Harbour Wooden Boat Rendezvous

7-9 Sept 2012: Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

TBA 2012: Abernethy & Gaudin Open Boat Festival

Local Boat Builders

Steven Brouwer
Steven is based on Lopez Island and is currently building a Lyle Hess cutter!

Rick Coreless
Rick is a graduate of the SBSS – class of 2005. Check out his build blog for a Gartside 15.

Peter Gron
Peter is “finished” building his Arctic Tern. Launch 2011, date to be announced, an event not to be missed!

Tony Grove
Tony is a former instructor and SBSS and resides on Gabriola. He was awarded the T-shirt and poster artist position for Port Townsend 2010!

Abernathy and Gaudin
Brentwood Bay boatbuilders who host the Open Boat Festival in September.

Trevor Henderson
Instructor and the SBSS and current owner of a Laurent Giles restoration project. Launch 2011!

Just won the 6m worlds traditional class. Currently restoring an R-class beauty.

Alex Low
Launched his superb cutter project in time for the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

Another Vancouver Island concern offering full service wood and fiberglass.

Mark Wallace
Stunning work on meter boats and did a re-fit on Allen Farrell’s Native Girl.

Hilmark Boats
Boat builder of wooden boats, row boats, row boat accessories, sailing rowboats, small fishing boats, lifeboats and yacht tenders.

Larry Westlake
Boatbuilder and draftsman – has taken the lines from some of BC’s historic handliners.

John Rogers
Strip plank kayaks and our favorite sharpening service.

Local Associations

The Old Gaffer’s Association British Columbia
The Association For Gaff-Rigged & Traditional Boat Sailing.
Westcoast Work Boat Association
The Association For Active, Retired and Renovated Work Boats
Gabriola Island – Home Page
Events and activities on the Island


West Wind Hardwood Inc.
West Wind Hardwood Inc. Gracious sponsors of boat lumber. Click here for West Wind’s Website.

Silva Bay Shipyard LogoThe Silva Bay Shipyard – our friend and next door neighbour. Click here for the Shipyard’s Website.

TofinoAir LogoTofino Air – on our doorstep, fast and convenient travel to Vancouver. Click here for the Tofino Air Website.

SilvaBay LogoSilva Bay, Resort and Marina – good food and a secure mooring. Click here for the Silva Bay Website.

CIBM_Crop1Central Island Boat Movers – just the guy’s when you need them! Click here for CIBM Website.