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Our NEW Custom Built

1957/58 – 15′ Peterborough ‘NOMAD’ Reproduction Runabouts

by Woodwind Yachts.

After 30 years and 50 cedarstrip restorations, we have introduced a new line of runabouts being built at our shop, which we would consider to be the finest overall cedarstrips being built anywhere today.
Woodwind Yachts is proud to announce production of our custom reproduction of 1957/58 – 15′ Peterborough “Nomad” cedarstrip runabouts. These beautifully built vessels are constructed from select red cedar planking, copper clench nail fastened through steam-bent white oak ribs. The stem, keels, ribs, transom, planking and decks are all made slightly heavier than the original “Nomads” for added strength.

Each piece of wood has been sealed completely with 3 coats of thinned varnish prior to assembly for longevity. Each vessel is finished inside and out with 7 coats of varnish for maximum durability. The original style 1 piece plexiglass windshields have been replaced with the older style Peterborough 2 piece safety glass windshields for an enhanced appearance.

We begin with a strong, solid mould, lofted and built from an existing Peterborough “Nomad”.

The heavy white oak stem is laminated over a sturdy jig.

The stem and inner keel are fitted to the mould, then sealed with 3 coats of thinned varnish.

It’s a good day’s work to steam-bend all the ribs onto the mould.

The backside of the ribs and the transom end grain (showing spline joint) are also properly sealed prior to planking.

The planking is milled, sealed with varnish, then fastened to the ribs.

The completed hull is then released and lifted off the mould.

Next, all the copper nails are clenched, then the interior is sanded and 7 coats of Epifanes Varnish are applied. 

Deck framework and decks are then built, sealed and installed.

Arn is carefully fitting and installing the new tongue and groove cedar decks.

The forward deck, bridge deck and aft deck are all sanded and ready for varnish.

The cedar-planked decks with mahogany covering boards are truly elegant after 7 coats of varnish.

Just a few hours after completion, Nomad #1 is shown off for the first time at the Trent/Severn Antique and Classic Boat Show in Peterborough, Ontario in early July, 2004.

This beautiful vessel, along with her “new” 1958 – 35 H.P. Johnson is seen here ready to go, and was featured at the Clayton N.Y. Antique Boat Show, August 5 – 8, 2004, and again at the Huntsville, Ont., Antique Boat Show, August 21, 2004.

This view of the helmsman’s position shows the beautifully varnished coaming and dash, and the restored Peterborough steering wheel.

I have chosen a 1958 – 35 H.P. Johnson electric start motor to propel Nomad #1, which has been beautifully reconditioned and repainted. We have several 1957 & 1958 motors to choose from should you want a vintage motor powering your Nomad.

In the water for the first time ! The older style Peterborough two piece safety glass windshield greatly enhances the vessel’s overall appearance rather than the one piece plexiglass windshield.

Truly a beautiful sight in the water, and not a drop in the bilge. Our new Peterborough Nomads will surely be the most attractive, best built, best performing cedarstrip runabouts to be found anywhere today.

Beautifully finished “NOMAD” by Woodwind Yachts          $48,500.00 CDN.
(Excluding motor and trailer.)

With our extremely busy work schedule, we are presently capable of building only 3 of these superior runabouts annually, so I suggest, if interested, to order yours soon !

Ken Lavalette




We are set up and ready to display one of our new “Nomads” at the 2009 Gravenhurst Antique and Classic Boat Show. This vessel is powered by a brand new 50 H.P. Honda 4 stroke outboard motor.



Throughout the day she is admired by hundreds of visitors to the show, and receives rave reviews from one and all !



Another of our beautiful new Nomads on display at the 2012 Newcastle Wooden Boat Show.

Our NEW 15′ Peterborough Nomad Runabouts have been shown and awarded 1st Place in several antique and classic wooden boat shows in both Canada and the United States.