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CANADIAN BOATBUILDER PROFILE

Modernizing Tradition at

Rossiter Boats

Story and Photos by Kate Fincham

alking in to the small showroom at the Rossiter
Boat factory, the company values and evolution of
tradition become immediately apparent; it is a
small but thriving manufacturer that truly cares
about exceptional quality and customer relationships. A wall of
framed emails and letters from delighted customers line the
walls like children's photographic timelines in a proud parent's
home, which Captain John Armstrong and I peruse in between
sipping mugs of hot tea offered by the amiable Trisha and petting the affectionate office dog belonging to the company's
owner, Scott Hanson. We soon discover what is only further
enhanced by the ensuing two-hour tour: the company is heavily invested in its modest beginnings and is an organization
where quality service comes with a place in the extended
Rossiter family.
The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion,
fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started
40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the
wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. As word
spread about his woodworking abilities, George was continually
sought after to undertake various restorations of wooden crafts.
After completing a marine engineering degree to further his

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knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of composite materials, George Rossiter began the transition from restorations to
boat building. Expanding from the classic all-wooden crafts that
he had been restoring, he created a traditional style of rowboat
that was composed of a fiberglass hull and handcrafted woodwork finishing. This same style, with slight changes and additions for improvement, still remains Rossiter's best-selling
rowboat - the Loudon.
In the infancy of his boat building days, George would
locally sub-contract the construction of fiberglass hulls before
doing all of the wood finishing himself. Unable to get sufficient hulls at the pace and quality he desired, he established
his own fiberglass shop in a small three-car garage in Meaford,
Ontario, with the help of two craftsmen from Owen Sound,
Ontario. Around this time the first Rossiter powerboat, the
Rossiter 14', was created.
Needing to significantly reduce his workload, George began
looking for someone to take over the business that he had lovingly created and grown for 30 years. The opportunity presented
itself at a Christmas cocktail party in 2006 when George ran in
to Scott Hanson, whom he had met at the Collingwood
Maritime Academy a few years before. At that time, Scott was a

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2017

Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
The Port Hole
Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
Power Review: Leader 33
Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Power Review: Leader 33
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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