Your Backyard Boats --
aluminum Erie canalboat
Canal boater opts for aluminum
January 04: The first year that we launched the
Harmonica, summer 2002, we launched once from Veterans
Park in Amherst, in the suburbs east of Buffalo. While on the
water, a fellow boater told us about a friend of his who had built
a canalboat out of aluminum. He said that the frend kept the boat
on his property up a creek that fed into the Tonawanda Creeks
section of the canal, which is the connector between the Niagara
River and the beginning of the canal proper in Niagara County,
a stretch of about 20 miles.
my surprise and joy when this very boater, Roger Schroeder, sent
me email and a photo of his aluminum boat,which is about four
years old now and has gone through a significant redesign.
Roger has posted articles and pix of his project in Duckworks
Schroeder tries out a new outboard motor in his aluminum
canalboat on the Tonawanda Creek section of the Erie Canal.
Roger built his boat from his own design.