GEAR

Canada-based Beau Lake is build­ing wa­ter toys with de­signs and ma­te­ri­als in­spired by clas­sic boats.

Yachting - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS - By Kim Kavin

Two guys had a dream: Make a yacht’s wa­ter toys look less like toys and more like yachts. The re­sult is Beau Lake.

Lee kline was aboard a friend’s hacker-craft, try­ing to imag­ine what its clas­sic wooden styling might look like flat­tened into a pad­dle­board shape. Paul Lavoie was star­ing at a lake full of pedal boats, won­der­ing why they were such ugly, plas­tic eye­sores. ¶ To­gether, the men founded Beau Lake, with the goal of bring­ing el­e­gance to the world of wa­ter toys. They cre­ated the com­pany in Novem­ber 2016 and put their pad­dle­boards on­line in 2017. Their pedal boat was new this past sum­mer, with an elec­tric boat in the works for 2019. ¶ “The whole Mediter­ranean yacht­ing vibe is in­spir­ing what we’re do­ing,” Kline says. “There’s a mas­culin­ity — the deep, rich col­or­ing. And we have the mod­ern ma­te­ri­als and the wood.” ¶ Those ma­te­ri­als in­clude fiber­glass, epoxy, car­bon fiber and wood ve­neers be­ing used in ways that both

men rec­og­nize from their own time on the wa­ter. Kline grew up sail­ing 30-foot­ers with his fam­ily and to­day cites ev­ery­thing from Beneteau to Wally to Swan as in­flu­ences. Lavoie has a 42-foot 1958 Matthews. He uses his ad­ver­tis­ing back­ground to di­rect the Beau Lake brand, while Kline puts his func­tional and in­dus­trial fab­ri­ca­tion skills into prod­uct de­sign. ¶ “It was a child­hood dream of mine to de­sign nau­ti­cal craft,” Kline says, “and now it’s com­ing to fruition.” ¶ While a pro­fes­sional kite­boarder helped Kline cre­ate the Rapid pad­dle­board for speed, his goal with other Beau Lake prod­ucts has been to make them ideal for novices. That’s why the pedal boat, which can hit 5 knots, has a tun­nel hull. ¶ “It’s prac­ti­cally a cata­ma­ran, even though it looks like a mono­hull,” Kline says. “When you stand in this thing, it doesn’t rock at all.” ¶ The idea is to al­low wa­ter lovers of all ages to mix fun with ex­quis­ite beauty. ¶ “We have clients who are 80 years old,” Kline says. “An­other is a woman who is 91. And kids too. Even though th­ese are fairly big boards, they’re sta­ble and easy to use.”

Bye, Bye PLAS­TIC WA­TER TOYS The Beau Lake Pedal Boat ($20,000) has a ma­hogany deck and an aft cooler for fresh-caught fish or a bot­tle of Cham­pagne.

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