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The O.M. Reif Boathouse (circa 1920s) is home to displays of vintage boats, marine artifacts, antique outboard motors, historic photos of area boating, a boat building workshop, and a gift shop.

Also occurring in the boat shop is the on-going reconstruction of a 1927 Peterborough canoe donated to the Maritime Museum by Neil Williams on behalf of the Williams family.

In the boat building workshop, several activities are taking place. The 12 foot kayak, "Wood Duck Hybrid", has been completed for the 2015 raffle prize. Paul Wilson, Mike Jellison and Bob (Lakeside) Smith are working on the 2016 project. Stop by and see the work in pr ogress.
Reconstruction of the 1927 canoe is a provision of the donation. New decks will be applied, canvas replaced, the interior stripped, new ribs installed, and varnish removed as needed.

Annual Raffle
The 2015 raffle prize is a 12 foot kayak, "Wood Duck Hybrid", built in the museum boat shop during 2014 - 2015 seasons. Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at both museums. The raffle will be held on September 6, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Maritime Museum. You need not be present to win.

Visit the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville.
Models of boats used to navigate the waters surrounding the Les Cheneaux Islands.
Model Boat Plans by Oliver Birge
Model Year Length Sheets Cost
Ernest Birge’s Argentine Row Boat 1910 12'11'' 3  $60
Norwegian Sprit Rig 1989 13'3'' 3  $60
Ernest Birge’s Argentine Outboard 1910 13'4'' 3  $60
Chippewa, Hamel Brothers 1905 13'11'' 3  $60
Prof. Nipher’s Row Boat, Joe Kramen 1905 13'11'' 4  $75
Depression Boat 1920 14'9'' 1  $25
Bosley’s Row Boat 1900 15'4'' 4  $75
Ernest Birge’s Argentine Row Boat 1908 15'5'' 3  $60
Mackinaw for Tom Marshall 1988 18' 3  $60
Gaff Rigged Sloop Edna B 1900 18' 10  $150
Mackinaw Boat Wasbesi 1845 26'6'' 4  $75
LCHA  •  P.O. Box 301, Cedarville, MI 49719  •  phone: (906) 484-2821
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