Boat Boys

Boat boys open for busi­ness on Lake of the Woods

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - RYAN STELTER rstel­

Stu­dents land sum­mer jobs on Lake of the Woods.

Steve Jobs, Steve Woz­niak and Ron­ald Wayne of Ap­ple got their start in a garage in Los Al­tos, Cal­i­for­nia. Ben Muise, Jake Bradley and Quinn Parker have got­ten their start on a 16-foot fishing boat on Lake of the Woods.

The trio of boys travel around Lake of the Woods do­ing odd jobs for cabin own­ers in the area. Their three fam­i­lies all have cab­ins on the lake and they are the ul­ti­mate util­ity men. They clean boats or cob­webs, mow the lawn, take garbage out, run er­rands, gro­cery shop and even drone pho­tog­ra­phy.

“We can do any­thing that’s rea­son­able,” 11-year-old Muise said.

Muise and Bradley kick started the busi­ness last sum­mer, with Parker who is also 11 join­ing on this year. Bradley,12, the owner of the fishing boat, said he needed a busi­ness if he was go­ing to own a boat.

“When I was re­ally young my dad said ‘you got to get a job at the lake,’” said Bradley, who aims on be­com­ing a doctor or an en­gi­neer when he grows up. “I got my first boat last year. This is my se­cond boat, I bought it, and if you have a boat you got to have a busi­ness.”

Muise said the busi­ness is a good ex­cuse to spend time with his bud­dies and make a few bucks. Last sum­mer Muise pulled in $200, while Bradley made a cou­ple ex­tra dol­lars when Muise was away at camp.

“It’s def­i­nitely a good rea­son to hang­out,” Muise said. “I would just say to my par­ents that we have a job and we’re hun­gry so they would just come over to my house and just hang­out for like two hours be­fore the job.”

Al­though you will not find their stock on the Toronto Stock Ex­change, this en­ter­prise has seen growth.

“Ben’s mom lined up a cou­ple jobs for us and we were do­ing a cou­ple jobs to­gether and it grew and we have tons of clients,” Bradley said.

The green­est mem­ber to the busi­ness, Parker says he wants to be­come ei­ther an NHL player or graphic de­signer when he grows up and he en­joys the time with his friends.

“I like it be­cause we’re help­ing out ev­ery­one and do­ing good things for the com­mu­nity is re­ally nice,” he said.

The trio do not find nav­i­gat­ing Lake of the Woods dif­fi­cult as they have been go­ing out on the lake their whole lives.

“I grew up on this lake. Ev­ery­thing’s pretty close, we don’t drive far,” Muise said. “All of our clients are within 10 min­utes. I know all the peo­ple and I’ve been to all their cab­ins so it’s pretty easy.”

Muise is un­sure of his fu­ture plans but who knows maybe he will find suc­cess in the busi­ness world.


From bow to stern: Ben Muise, 11, Quinn Parker, 11, and Jake Bradley, 12 mak­ing a stop at Tall Pines Ma­rina in Kenora on Thurs­day, July 12.

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