Testimonials & Articles

17 foot Whitehall"Paul Brackley built a 17 foot traditional Whitehall for me in
lapstrake mahogany. Not only is the boat itself a masterpiece - turns
heads even on the trailer, rows smoothly through the roughest water,and is a very responsive sailor - but dealing with Paul himself was a great pleasure. He was at all times extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and fair. Building anything and particularly a boat can be
a harrowing experience, but one couldn't be in better hands than Paul."
Tim / Washington, D.C.
We enjoyed working with Paul. His restoration of our old family boat was excellent, and looked better than it had for 25 years. Paul
is a true artist and we highly recommend his work.
The Wrights
Dear Paul,
This is a short note to say how thrilled with the restoration that you have done on our Peterborough canoe. The canoe has been a valued part of our cottage fleet for decades and we were anxious to have repair work done that would not only keep it afloat, but would restore its beauty in a way that also would maintainthe integrity of its original work. You have done just that right down to the "new" original decal. It was a pleasure talking through the process with you. Your obvious deep knowledge of water craft- old and new- and your love of restoration came through on our first meeting, so much so that we let you and Norma take our canoe back to your shop then and there. Proof of your skill was evident this past July 1st when as promised, you delivered the beautifully restored boat and at the cost we had agreed upon. Thank you very much for your work on "Blue". It's been a pleasure doing business with you.
Sincerely, Carol
"I have to say that it sails very nicely in a gentle breeze, which is what I seem to have most often on my small lake in Minnesota. Everyone who has seen it either close up or at a distance is always commenting on how beautiful it is, both as far as design and construction. I know that when I first picked it up from you in Canada last year, and saw it personally for the first time, I was absolutely just awed by it's beauty and detailing."
Steven / Minnesota
"We feel privileged to be the owners of an electric canoe designed and built by Brackley Boats. Its outstanding quality and craftsmanship compares more than favourably with the many traditional boats on the river Thames. It seems that every time we go out on the boat, we draw admiring comments from fellow boat users."
Ken & Diana / England
"Brackley Boats' restoration work on our thirty-year old cedar canoe made it better than new. I couldn't possibly be happier."
Kendrick / Ontario
"Thank you, Paul, for rescuing our 75th Anniversary Peterborough cedarstrip from a canoe in much disrepair and turning it into a beautiful family heirloom. Memories of my mother paddling my sister and I in the canoe as children are now shared with my 3 sons and their families. This canoe has been used by 4 generations. It will continue to be enjoyed into the future.
Thanks again for a beautiful and quality restoration!."
Jan & John / Toronto
"Paul is very easy to work with. during the building of our boat he stayed in constant contact and gave us progress pictures. We found him to be very trust worthy. Our boat has excellent quality and attention to detail. And speaking of attention----our boat gets all the attention and compliments when we take it out for a cruise. Our whole family has enjoyed it."
Drake / South Carolina
"Our 15' Whitehall is an ideal boat for the Barnegat Bay. It's fun to row, easy to maneuver, and definitely turns heads when we row it past our neighbors' homes."
Larry / New Jersey
"Paul Brackley understood immediately what I wanted when I came to him with my dream of a wooden passenger rowboat with a proper sliding seat rig...something practical but elegant and fast. Digging into his files he quickly found the plans for the beautiful 18 foot pulling boat "Liz". It was as if my mental image of something I had never seen before had taken shape on paper. Now, it has taken shape in cedar strip and mahogany, every bit as lovely as I had imagined it could be. Be patient with Paul's deadlines...perfection cannot be rushed."
Chris / Toronto

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