1938 Chris Craft Barrelback


Q. Guess who's on the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press's March 5, 2016 edition?

A. the Winnipeg Jets and Peterson Boat Works!







February 2015. The blinding sun persuades swimmers in the water to cool off sun burnt shoulders. Warm deck boards make iced tea glasses sweat. A boat's wake spills on the docks. People share, talk and laugh. Children with stained faces free to play. Lake life. Timeless.

written by LP while sheltering herself behind a snow covered desk from -45C windchill


January 2014

     Every wooden boat has a story. Wooden boats come to us from all over the world and in all sorts of conditions. Some are withered and worn due to extended exposure to the elements, some have rotting ribs, some have holes in their hulls and some have caved in decks. Some boats are salvaged from bottoms of lakes, some pulled from the ashes of burnt sheds, some from city backyards and boatyards. At first glance the collection of these broken old boats with barely a plank to float on can be a sad site but it only takes the story of one wooden boat enthusiast to breathe life back into a long forgotten one far away from home.

     Such is the tale of the ORB. In 1958 the ORB was the dedicated tender for Sceptre, "perhaps one of the most historic and infamous wooden boats in the world of yacht racing." (The British Classic Yacht Club). For ten long years the ORB carried sailors, witnessed lost titles and weathered many events while proudly waving her British Royal Yacht Club Ensigns. After being defeated in the America's Cup Sceptre found its way home to England, the ORB was left to fend for herself in North America, sold for a case of champagne she came to enjoy a new setting in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

     After several decades of faithful service to her adopted Canadian family she was donated to the local Sea Cadets. As is the plight of many wooden boats she was left uncovered and forgotten until now. She came to us patiently waiting for reassignment. She is a beautiful diesel powered wooden boat that requires a restoration and a new dedicated owner. Please contact us should you be interested in writing her a new chapter.

written by LP


Fall 2013

The last boat to leave the lake shares the stage in this final scene.


July 15, 2014

I was fortunate to be among a handpicked crew to join in the re-launch of a 35 foot Cossey Launch, named the Nahmeoka. The Nahmeoka is a very special and unique antique wooden boat which received an extensive renovation and a new bottom by Peterson Boat Works. My responsibilities for the day were to play photographer and to hold onto the lines when directed. I do not often get to participate in the launches of the boats that leave our shops. I was warned by Ryan, who has done this hundreds of times that it could be a long day. We were up at 6am. Once the Nahmeoka and trailer were set to roll, we were on the road by 8am with the client trailing behind us. 

   I believe I was more excited than the client. Her seams gleamed in the bright sun as we made our way down the highway, the impressed onlookers and the loud honks were enough to make me burst with pride in how great she looked even on a trailer. Ryan does amazing work. After three years in our shop, no one could have imagined how impressive she would perform and look on the water. 

   Our destination: Lake of the Woods, Ontario, back to the place where the Nahmeoka was originally built in 1917. For over half a century many have enjoyed catching site of the Nahmeoka skimming past their docks. If you were really lucky you got to hear the captain blast her horn and if you were truly blessed you were invited for a boat ride. I found this out because the ecstatic and doting owner could not wait a second longer and asked that Ryan blast her horn even before she gracefully slipped into the water. The wide smile on this man's face will forever be engraved in my mind. It was a long and hot day but well worth it. I was fortunate enough to be invited for a ride around the lake. The Nahmeoka was the most enjoyable boat ride I have ever experienced, as she gurgled along at an incredible pace, she gracefully cut through the water with her nose slightly tilted up while only leaving a few bubbles behind.

   It was a memorable day. 

   If you ever see her cruise by, give this lovely lady a second look and the captain a gentleman's nod. 

written by LP


September 2013

6 a.m. the big island on the lake was on fire.

I blinked twice, did a double take and was relieved to see that it was clouds of steam wafting behind it. As I scanned the cottages on the lake some were sitting quietly hiding among the pines shielded by the Precambrian rock, their doors bolted shut, their boats under tarps and pulled up onto shore, their docks raised in a salute to the sky in hopes that when their owners return in the spring they will have survived another winter.

I was tickled to see the diehards; the cottages with slightly pulled down blinds like the sleepy eyes of the people inside, their campfires smoldering, their lake toys strewn on the shoreline and their boats anxiously waiting, tugging on their dock lines ready for one more spin on the lake. I was reminded of the chill in the air when the eerie call of the loons forced me back in bed. My thoughts turned to how much I love fall at the lake and how little time I have to do all those last minute lake things. The crisp nights are for campfires, the damp mornings are for strolls down to the shoreline to enjoy the panoramic view, the warm afternoons are for one last dip in the lake and the cool evenings are for sweaters, hot drinks and good conversations. Although a sad time for some, as boats are pulled from the lake, blocked up and tucked away for winter storage, my thoughts turn to how lovely lake life is and I would not want it any different.


Gentle reminder: very few indoor storage spaces left and some outdoor, call to reserve your spot. 

written by LP


June 2013

On June 1, 2006 Ryan Peterson and I, Lynne Petit, officially launched Peterson Boat Works Inc. We have enjoyed the "hilariously awesome" challenges along the way as we have managed to stay afloat. We are grateful to our devoted family and our mates who have braved the rough waters and stayed on board. We are very appreciative of our children, our crew for their hard work, their patience and for not forming a mutiny! We are especially thankful to our dedicated clients and for all wooden boat enthusiasts. We look forward to many more years of smooth sailing.

How we plan to celebrate? We will be taking a day off tomorrow. 

Happy 7th Anniversary!

© 2006 Peterson Boat Works Incorporated