The Juanita is a replica of the longboat from the 18th century Spanish naval ship Sutil. Under the command of Captain Alcala Galiano the Sutil was part of a massive Spanish exploration of the B.C. Coastal waters in 1792. The boat was constructed by the Vancouver Wooden Boat Society members in 1991 at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The detailed drawings for the project were provided by the noted historic naval architect Gregory Foster.
The Juanita was launched in mid 1991 and used in the Discovery Reenactment activities in 1991. The boat was also used as an educational project for the public to learn about the historic context of the original Juanita as a ship's longboat.
Presently the Juanita is used as a feature project each year in the annual Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival. She is also moored through the summer at the Britannia Shipyard docks in Steveston, BC and is available for the Society member's use.
At the January 10th, 2015 AGM, a complete refurbishment of Juanita was approved. After nearly 25 years of being the Society's flagship, she will undergo a complete refit using traditional methods to insure another 25+ years flying the Vancouver Wooden Boat Society's flag.
Bevin’s Skiff... See her at the Vancouver Internationl Boat Show, January 21 to 25, 2015.
The Bevin’s Skiff is produced in the Family Boatbuilding area of the Vancvouer Wooden Boat Festival. Families and groups work under the supervision of a professional boatbuilder to build these vessels which they launch and row at the end of the festival before taking them home. The skiff owned by the society is used in displays to promote the activity.