Desmasdon’s Boatworks in Pointe au Baril has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. Designated a Clean Marine since 1998, Desmasdon’s Boatworks recycles all the plastic used to shrink wrap boats in addition to 200 other measures designed to reduce environmental impact. Co-owner Tonia Blenkarn explains: “Knowing that our industry has a reputation of not being environmentally conscious, we are part of truly trying to change that. We are all proud of being a part of the Biosphere and what that means for our business and for our community.”
Since 1946 Desmasdon’s Boatworks has prided itself on being a family owned and operated business: the motto is “Desmasdon’s… Where relationships matter”. While Desmasdon’s has grown immensely, owners Andy and Tonia Blenkarn still take the time to chat with each and every customer and instill those values and the belief that every customer is equally important.
Desmasdon’s Boatworks has also been a proud sponsor of the Kids in the Biosphere Program in Pointe au Baril since 2013. The program is geared for getting kids ages 8-12 to learn about the Biosphere right in their own backyard through fun activities, games, experiments, and more. Families receive ‘kits’ at the beginning of the summer to assist their adventures and can earn points and prizes for the activities they complete.