About Us . . .
Owner Joe Moore's educational background is in Geography and Natural Resource Management and Administration. He has worked as a jounalist and spent more than 13 years with an Adirondack not-for-profit environmental group whose mission was to preserve and protect the wild, natural character of New York's Adirondack Park. He served initially as membership coordinator and later as a park policy analyst, reviewing state and private project proposals as well as land use and water protection policies. In 2003, Joe started Moore Environmental Consulting and worked with a grant administered by the New York State Adirondack Park Agency, identifying and implementing methods to improve parking and hiker safety along the busy Route 73 highway corridor.
Joe is an accomplished woodworker with experience in everything from furniture building to home construction. He has an extensive background in outdoor sports, having competed in road cycling and nordic skiing. He is a multiple gold medalist at New York's Empire State Winter Games and has medalled in the Keskinada Loppet in Hull, Quebec, in the 29 km freestyle event as well as the Lake Placid Loppet. He has paddled a Placid Boatworks RapidFire in each of the last four Adirondack Canoe Classics ("The 90-Miler") and has won the event's Solo Recreation class a number of times. Other favorite outdoor pursuits include hunting, fishing and, of course, recreational paddling.
Together with cofounder Charlie Wilson, Joe developed a unique vacuum infusion system that is used to build Placid Boatworks. Charlie had the idea of building composite canoes and bonding separately molded composite gunwales to them to cut weight and maintenance. Joe took the idea a step further and developed the industry's first simultaneously infused foam core composite gunwales. Several companies have copied this system (one in Canada that starts with an 'S' even takes credit for developing it!). Much to Joe's chagrin, his former partner has chosen to work with that copy cat company after Joe bought his share of Placid Boatworks. Unfortunately, this kind of ethically challenged activity seems to be a common theme in the canoe industry..... Ce la vie.
Most recently, Joe has collaborated with USA Luge, using the same vacuum technology to build sleds for elite athletes. As a craftsman, the idea of building the very highest quality hulls in design, materials and performance coupled with hand finishing them in exotic, attractive and durable trim materials persuaded Joe to join in forming Placid Boatworks.
Andy Fox grew up in the paddling industry when his parents bought Camp Paddles (now Fox Worx Paddles) and he was locked in the basement in his parents home, across the street from the finish line of the General Clinton 70-mile race, and forced to make paddles. Andy is a knowlegeable paddler as well as a racer. He is a veteran of several General Clinton races, Adirondack Canoe Classics and numerous other canoe marathons in both the US and Canada. He is a graduate of North Country Community College with a degree in Wilderness Recreation Studies.
Jon Santor is very good all-around athlete who has raced competitively on both snow and water. An accomplished cross-country skier, he raced for and coaches the Paul Smiths College team. He has participated in numerous North American canoe races from a young age, usually in pro class boats. Jon worked in construction before coming to Placid Boatworks.