I recently started a new job, which seems will work out perfectly for my semi stay-at-home dad situation. It features a ridiculously short commute (under five minutes by car or 15 minutes by bicycle), reasonably flexible hours (9am to 3pm, so I can get Rudi to the bus and pick him up after school), and half-decent pay! The other bonus is that I am helping build (manufacture) some of the world's finest canoes and rowing shells. I first saw the companies products at the Tavistock Fall Fair in 2008, and immediately began drooling over the gorgeous carbon fibre/kevlar composite canoe the owner of the company had on display. The quality of construction and finish on this baby was absolutely immaculate. I have always dreamed of owning a boat like that for using at the cottage, but realistically would never really be able to afford the two or three grand price tag associated. A small placard displayed near the canoe read "Please speak to us about possible employment opportunities". So I did, and about eight months later there I am!
The company is known as H2O Composites and is located just outside Tavistock. H2O composites was founded in 2005, and manufactures canoes in a variety of materials, including fibreglass, kevlar, carbon fibre, and carbon/kevlar blend. They also manufacture both recreational and racing rowing shells in similar materials. In addition to exceptionally high quality construction, H20 has some of the most beautiful paint schemes available. Check out the photo of the rack of their canoes in the video on the main page of their website. The boats are presently available at several Ontario and Maritime locations, including Frontenac Outfitters just north of Kingston, so if you like what you see (and I know you will!) get your derriere out to them, take one for a test paddle, and then buy one! Remember these canoes are 100% made in Canada, and virtually all of the materials (fibreglass, kevlar, carbon fibre, foam, plastic, wood and aluminum) used in construction are sourced from manufacturers in Canada or the United States.