It has been an interesting first year owning the West Side Boat Shop business.
I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to congratulate and thank me for saving the business. The stories and experiences we have with these boats are clearly personal and unique to each and every one of us who own one of these amazing kayaks.
I’ve fielded so many questions over this past year and have talked specifications, performance, repairs, spare parts, fluid dynamics, racing technique, potential modifications, nutrition, training, and many other (sooo many other) random aspects of this sport with you. It has been amazing!
I can say at this time I no longer have any remaining original parts for these boats, just a few original boat bags left.
2023, in a very real sense, is going to be a make-or-break year for this business.
Update December 27, 2022: I just spoke with the friends of mine who are allowing me to use the loft of their barn to store these molds. We originally agreed to temporary storage for a few months and then at that point I would have had to move them to a storage unit (or three!) and pay a monthly storage fee. My amazing friends just said it is fine to keep these molds in their barn for as long as I need so we are secured for the long-term future!
Place your order today if you ever wanted one of these amazing West Side Boat Shop kayaks.
And a huge THANK YOU to my wonderful customers who ordered new boats this year! You guys and gals are amazing and your enthusiasm and passion is what keeps me going.
Lastly, I want to thank Doug Bushnell for his continuing support of this business. I talk to Doug at least every 6 weeks and every time we talk I find new inspiration to keep going.
Let’s keep the amazing tradition of west Side Boat Shop kayaks alive and healthy for years to come.