Max Zwicker: Boat Building

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Max tells about picking up a dory William Heisler built for his father

Max with a smaller dory in later years. Note log rollers to help with the haul up.

“When Winton went to round up off of my territory, the way I go in the dory. And we went up over the ice cakes and it never hurt nothin’. And pa said “Holy cripe, there’s my investment goin'”. It never hurt the dory at all. It slide right up and on the shoreline. But, it was a fine dory. It rowed nice.”

Many Indian Point residents remember Max’s ice boat, and how generous he was in allowing the neighbours to use it. This was a traditional local design that could be made by anyone with basic woodworking skills. The sail could be anything handy, a shower curtain, bed sheet, or on Max’s boat, a dory sail. The skates were often forged at the local Blacksmith’s. With a bit of wind they could give quite an exciting sail.

Max tells about launching boats from Heisler’s Boatyard

from: Zwicker M. Indian Point Remembered (2004) (DVD #1)

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