Who We Are

Will Lesh, Tippecanoe Boats designer and trans-Atlantic sailor.

Tippecanoe Boats was founded by Will Lesh in 1983. Over 65,000 boats have been built in the past 31 years. Support for the company has been tremendous. Many people grew up with beautiful wooden pond sailors and have been unable to find a really fine model sailing boat until they found Tippecanoe Boats. One person told us that he had woken up one night with a dream of sailing a beautiful model boat on a beautiful lake. He climbed out of bed, got on the Internet and found nothing. Fortunately at about 10:00 am. he happened to discover us purely by chance at a retail show that we were doing that same morning. That story happened shortly before we launched our web site. No other company produces the fine sailing, traditionally elegant boats that are the hallmark of Tippecanoe Boats. We believe that every boat that leaves our ship in WA State is a boat that we would be proud to own ourselves. In other words, every boat should be perfect. It is our mission that every boat should sail beautifully and fast, and provide hours of fun and beauty.