Ed Rhine has been a central player in the Save Blounts Creek community movement to prevent irreparable damage to Blounts Creek that would be caused if a wastewater discharge into the creek is allowed from a planned Martin Marietta Mine. Now Ed has used his decades of woodworking skills and years of experience building beautiful wood strip boats to raise money to help the cause.
This hybrid watercraft is somewhere between a single-person canoe and a kayak and weighs only 31 pounds! Beautiful walnut accents inspired by Native American designs contrast with the lighter Atlantic white cedar planking which is strengthened with fiberglass and epoxy. The boat has decks on bow and stern and measures about 14 feet. Ed has made about a dozen of these kayak- canoes and he and his wife, Margie, have paddled all over the Adirondacks in them.
Raffle tickets are $20 each, and are available on-line here, at Sound Rivers office in Washington, Cotton Patch Landing in Chocowinity, or by calling 252-946-7211. Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold with a drawing expected on October 22. This is a great chance to win a show piece boat and help a good cause! Official Rules are available here.
More information on Saving Blounts Creek is available here.