Lee KullinaConrad Boatworks
The love of boats became a lifetime love when I was graced with the opportunity to row a wooden Pocock pair in the fall of 1987 as a rower at Marietta College.
Since Marietta, boathouses have been my cathedrals and moving boats over water has been my meditation and favorite form of prayer.
After 25 years of racing rowing shells in one form or another, I decided to pursue a lifetime goal building rowing shells. In 2011 I built my first of four Pygmy sea kayaks (Qwalis, Forgiveness, Compassion, and Harmony) and in 2015 I enrolled in Seattle Community College’s Wood Technology Center. From there I converted a Chesapeake Light Craft Nor’Easter Dory (Grace) for rowing and fishing the waters of the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay.
My capstone study in boatbuilding was the fulfillment of the desire to combine the joy of sea kayaking with my love of rowing. Designing integrated riggers and converting a CLC Expedition Wherry (Patience) for the waters of the Salish Sea and expeditions around the San Juan Islands was my dream boat.