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Woodwind Yachts Inc.

Wooden Boat Restoration, Repairs, Refinishing, Building and Sales

Wooden it be Wonderful to own a Woodwind Yacht !

Our Craftsmen

Woodwind Yachts’ Crew & Current Projects

With our combined talents, vast knowledge and experience in all types of wooden boat construction and restoration, the crew at Woodwind Yachts feel confident we can provide our customers with an outstanding wooden watercraft (be it new or restored) that will satisfy even the most discriminating yachtsman. Collectively, we have built or restored almost three hundred fine wooden boats from canoes, daysailers, Folkboats, Dragons and Metre boats to beautiful mahogany runabouts and launches, cedarstrips and cabin cruisers.


Currently (Fall/Winter 2021/2022) we are very busy performing extensive restoration and refinishing work to:
  • A  14′ – 1950’s Peterborough Cedarstrip runabout
  • A  15′ – 1950’s Peterborough canoe
  • A  15′ –  1956 Lakefield Cedarstrip runabout
  • A  15′ – 1962 Correct Craft runabout
  • A  15′ – 1980’s Giesler Cedarstrip runabout
  • A  16′ – 1940’s Peterborough rowing skiff
  • A  19′ – 1956 Shepherd Mahogany runabout
  • A  20′ – 1930’s Gidley launch
  • A  24′ – 1956 Chris-Craft cruiser 
  • A  25′ – 1947 Folkboat sloop
  • A  25′ – 1967 Folkboat sloop
  • A  26′ – 1960’s Thunderbird sloop

In addition, we will be doing minor repairs and annual
maintenance to many of our regular customer’s vessels.

Ken Lavalette: Owner/operator, master craftsman and master finisher. Ken has over 35 years experience in wooden boat restoration and refinishing. His main area of expertise lies in the small to medium sized classic sailing craft and runabouts. Ken truly has an undying love for vintage wooden watercraft, which is clearly reflected in his attention to detail.

Arnoud Braat: Master craftsman, boatbuilder and finisher. Prior to his employment at Woodwind Yachts, Arnoud accumulated 14 years experience in an array of custom fine woodworking. Arnoud has been employed with Woodwind Yachts for over 16 years now, and following a few years away, we are happy he has rejoined our crew in 2015. Combined with his knowledge and exacting standards, he brings a positive, productive attitude to work each day.

Luke Morgan: Master craftsman, boatbuilder and finisher. Prior to his 13 year employment here, Luke was building and installing elaborate wooden interiors in 34′ to 44′ luxury yachts. Luke is a quiet, conscientious, detail oriented woodworker and finisher. He is a valuable member of our crew who is extremely pleasant to work with.

Brian Carlson-Graves: Craftsman and finisher. It has been Brian’s lifelong dream to build and restore wooden boats and this is what has directed him to join Woodwind Yachts. Brian’s previous 20 years of woodworking has been mostly with building and renovating fine custom homes. He is now apprenticing to become one of our master craftsmen and finishers. He is a detailed woodworker who is very pleasant to work with.

Tom Lang: Craftsman and finisher. As an avid sailor and wooden boat enthusiast, Tom brings a variety of skills and experience to Woodwind Yachts. He is currently training to become a fully qualified finisher. Tom’s positive outlook and interest in wooden boat restoration, make him a valuable member of our crew.

Wayne Dunbar: Craftsman and finisher. Wayne is the newest member of our crew. As a wooden boat owner & enthusiast, along with being a previously successful small business owner, Wayne brings a variety of skills to Woodwind Yachts. Although only here part-time, he is a big help to us assisting in all phases of restoration. Welcome aboard Wayne.

Connie Marion: Administrative assistant. Connie is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and capable of handling all office duties associated with running a small business. She and her husband have successfully run their own small business for over 35 years. She has been with us, 3 days a week, for over 15 years, and goes about her work with a positive, cheerful attitude.


November  2021

Experienced  Craftsman / Boatbuilder  Wanted

Due to our ever increasing workload, Woodwind Yachts is currently needing to add another experienced member to our crew of craftsmen. We are looking for a dedicated long-term employee who is reliable, detail oriented and has previous wooden boat restoration or building experience.

Interested applicants should contact Ken Lavalette either by phone or email.
(905) 986-9663