In 1968, experienced draftsman and shipbuilder, Dick Smith, moved his family from Calgary, Alberta to Kaslo, British Columbia and began building unique charter vessels on Kootenay Lake. Smith saw a need for a design which surpassed the ordinary houseboat - something that could easily withstand the occasional and unpredictable challenges posed by a lake the size of Kootenay. While being seaworthy, the houseboats would also have to be comfortable, homey, suitable for fishing and easily maneuverable.
Smith launched his first ship in 1970, and today the Kaslo Shipyard's fleet still "rules the waves" of Kootenay Lake with ease and pride. While the vessels vary in size and character, each is steel-hulled, powered by dependable inboard diesel engines, and equipped with VHF independent frequency radios which keep the fleet in contact with each other and with the "Admiralty."
Each also sports two fully-railed decks, a lower, walk-around deck surrounding the cabin, and an upper patio deck for sun bathing and visiting.