French Broad Boatworks to launch Asheville wooden boat tour next year


Jack Igelman, writiing for, has a great story about French Broad Boatworks and its owners, Jason Brownlee and William Evert. The two are talented carpenters and homebuilders and make beautiful, handcrafted riverboats.

Starting next year, the two plan to launch Asheville Wooden Boat Tour “to lure non-anglers to the experience of floating in a craft boat,” Igelman writes. From

(Brownlee and Evert), both avid anglers, skilled carpenters, furniture makers and homebuilders, joined forces five years ago to begin crafting high-end boats for fishermen. But not just any fishing boat, their fleet of hand crafted, oar powered river dories are top-of-the-line and a nod to the traditional ocean vessel that’s known for its seaworthiness and simplicity.

For land lubbers whose river craft knowledge may be limited to tubes and canoes, Brownlee explains that a river dory is kin to ocean fishing crafts designed with a wide flat bottom, pointy prow and stern, and high sides to ride safely on top of the current. …

Naturally, dories are ideal for anglers to cast on two feet, but its buoyancy makes for a smooth ride too and an ideal watercraft for birding, hauling camping gear, or just a gentle sunset cruise. So this spring, the pair is launching the Asheville Wooden Boat Tour to lure non-anglers to the experience of floating in a craft boat. The roughly one and a half hour tour will cast off from their workshop within Carrier Park to the Smoky Park Supper Club.

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Thanks to loyal reader Sammy for the heads-up!


Bill November 20, 2014 - 5:02 pm

I never thought about it before….but now I really want to!

🙂 Bill

indie November 20, 2014 - 12:53 pm

No, I haven’t wondered what that would be like.

Lauren November 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

Where do I sign up?

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