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Otter Creek Smallcraft Canoe & Kayak

Otter Creek Smallcraft offers a range of beautifully hand-crafted cedar-strip canoes, custom-built for the client.

Sole proprietor Peter Macfarlane is both the designer and the builder of these canoes, from raw lumber to final polish, ensuring that his original vision and his exacting standards are fulfilled. Not only are these canoes extremely elegant to look at, they are also lightweight and handle beautifully, both on and off the water; they are a joy to paddle, and are built to be used. Indeed one of them has successfully completed the  Northern Forest Canoe Trail - twice.

Two designs are offered:

  • the Lutra, a general purpose canoe with good initial stability, high manoeuvrability and reasonably good tracking;
  • the Sylva, a dedicated touring canoe with slightly reduced initial stability, excellent tracking, yet sufficient manoeuvrability when heeled.

Either can be built as a solo or a tandem canoe, and solos are offered either with a symmetrical hull and central seat or with an asymmetrical hull, centre thwart/yoke, seat aft, and maximum buoyancy aft for improved trim.

No-obligation test paddles on local water are offered and highly recommended.

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I Have Worked With

  • May 2013

    After successfully through-paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in the spring of 2013, using one of my own canoes, I have adopted the section of the Trail which runs through Lake Champlain to the Missisquoi River, becoming an official volunteer Trail Maintainer.

  • July 2010

    Exhibitor at the Museum's annual Small Boat Show.

  • June 2006

    Since 2005 I have been a senior mentor for the canoeing programme at this summer camp on Lake George, NY. Roles include training staff, coaching campers, leading trips and offering advice on equipment, amongst others.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Sole Proprietor, Canoe Designer & Builder
Mailing Address: 
1379 Mountain Road
Vergennes, VT 05491
Physical Address: 
1379 Mountain Road Addison
Vergennes, VT 05491
Last Name: 
(802) 759-2268


Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Individual Non-Artists
Activities and Services: 
Manufacturing / Fabrication
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Wooden Canoe Heritage Association
Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Accessibility of Services

Whilst my upstairs workshop is not easily accessible for those with visual or mobility impairment, my canoes can be viewed and tried by anyone who is capable of canoeing.