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Working in Clark County: Vic LeGall, Goodwater Boat Works

first_imgVic LeGall is the quintessential Northwest outdoors enthusiast. He owned his own sailboat by age 12 and has enjoyed a lifelong love of boating. He navigates rivers, lakes and streams throughout the northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington — and has a healthy dose of respect for those waterways. At the mention of hydrophobia, he laughed, “Oh, I’m scared of the water, too. That’s why you have boats!”And boats — fixing them, that is — are his business. Being involved with the sporting and river communities, he became more skilled with kayak and inflatable boat repair and for seven years has run his own business, Goodwater Boat Works, repairing hard-shell kayaks and inflatable boats.Business name: Goodwater Boat Works, by appointment, 503-453-0713; www.GoodWaterBoatWorks.comAge: 56Educational/professional background: I grew up in Portland and worked various jobs over 35 years in logistics, warehousing, facilities, emergency response and truck driving. I did attend college for a while but it wasn’t for me. I have been around boats and water my entire life. My parents were recreational boaters, and our family was always out on the Willamette, Columbia or the ocean. I had my own sailboat at age 12, and in my late teens, I got into whitewater rafting. It became my main passion.My years of boating and outdoor recreation progressed to working and becoming more involved in the river community. In 2005, I got laid off from my job, and I began volunteering for someone who was ill and needed help with her whitewater business. While there, I picked up a lot of skills learning the business from manufacturers who came in to the shop. Rather than shipping boats to be repaired at those manufacturers, I would just repair them there at the shop.The business owner eventually passed away, so I set out to start my own whitewater repair business out of the trunk of my car or at friends’ shops and warehouses. My present shop has been in business for seven years, and I work on hard-shell kayaks and inflatable boats. We upcycle parts from discarded boats as much as possible, and for a fee, will recycle discarded parts. We try hard to find uses for parts rather than recycle, though.last_img read more