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Today’s podcast episode is an interview with David Nichols of Austin, Texas.

Nichols has been building and designing boats for almost twenty years, and is the author of three books: A Working Guide to Small Boat Sails; Lapstrake Canoes; and Building the Sea Eagles. He’s written articles for WoodenBoat and Boatbuilder magazines, as well as writing and producing boatbuilding videos.

David also taught boatbuilding at WoodenBoat School, in Brooklin, Maine, for five years and Great Lakes Boat Building School, in Cedarville, Michigan, for two years.

David is a partner in the Small Craft Skills Academy (SCSA) along with Howard Rice and John Welsford. SCSA conducts virtual boatbuilding classes. During these webcasts the student is in his or her shop while the instructor builds a boat on camera. Envision a multi-camera TV broadcast that is real time interactive with the student using a web-camera in their shop, asking real time questions and get real time answers.

Click on green player button above to listen to full interview with David about his wooden boat journeys.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

David sailing his Indian Girl canoe. Photo courtesy of David Nichols.

David sailing his Indian Girl canoe. Photo courtesy of David Nichols.

David's design - a 14.5 lapstrake Lutra Voyager. Photo courtesy of David Nichols.

David’s design – a 14.5 lapstrake Lutra Voyager. Photo courtesy of David Nichols.

David's Sea Eagle "Pandion" easing across the waters. Photo courtesy of David Nichols.

David’s Sea Eagle “Pandion” easing across the waters. Photo courtesy of David Nichols.

 

Thanks for doing the interview David.  I wish you the best with all your future boating, building and teaching endeavors!

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Today’s podcast episode is an interview with Buzz Scott, President and Founder of the Oceanswide.org research organization in Newcastle, Maine.

Buzz’s maritime adventures began as a young fisherman growing up on Matinicus Island, Maine. His love for the ocean grew greater with time and his parents provided him with his first boat at the age of 12 – small double ended boat called a peapod that came with 25 wooden lobster traps.

For years Buzz rowed his peapod around Matinicus, exploring its coves, beaches and ledges, fishing for lobsters, cod, mackerel and flounder and anything else that might swim, wiggle or crawl. He constantly found himself looking over the side of his boat into the water as far as he could see. As he grew older and began seining for herring, setting long lines for halibut, and dragging for scallops, there was one thing that never changed – he was always looking over the side, watching and waiting yet again to see what would surface from below the ocean.

After finishing school, Scott spent 17 years as a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of Maine. He also spent 2 years on supply ships in the Gulf of Mexico and 4 years working for the United States Antarctic Program as a marine technician and marine projects coordinator, sailing on scientific research ships around Antarctica.

More recently Buzz traded in the cool Antarctic climates for a slightly warmer spot. He has spent 8 years sailing up and down the west coast of the United States, Mexico and Canada. He was “sailing” as a pilot and mechanical technician, “flying” a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California. He worked closely with scientists from around the world as they studied the deep canyons and volcanic fields below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Buzz founded Oceanswide whose mission is to introduce students to marine science through technology and to empower them to learn, grow and thrive through experiential education. “Pauline” is a classic 83′ wooden sardine carrier built in 1948 that was recently donated to Oceanswide. They are in the process of raising funds to finish outfitting her as an ROV support ship capable of taking students to research sites along the coast of Maine.

Click on green player button above to listen to full interview with Buzz about flying ROV’s, restoring Pauline, and more.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

The '83 sardine carrier Pauline as a working boat, circa 1960. Photo supplied by Pat Lown.

The ’83 sardine carrier Pauline as a working boat, circa 1960. Photo supplied by Pat Lown.

Pauline in her current configuration. Photo supplied by Maynard Bray.

Pauline in her current configuration. Photo supplied by Maynard Bray.

This is the same ROV that Oceanswide is using for ocean research. Photo courtesy of Saab Seaeye.

This is the ROV that Oceanswide would like to purchase in the near future for ocean research (unknown person pictured). Photo courtesy of Saab Seaeye.

Thanks for doing the interview Buzz.  I wish you the best with all your future boating and research endeavors!

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You can also write comments on this blog, email me at Dan@Hookedonwoodenboats.com, call my feedback hotline at 424 261-2360, or leave a voice message from your computer.

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Today’s podcast episode is an interview with Terry Learned of Learned’s Boat Shop in Pacific City, Oregon. Terry grew up on the Oregon coast fishing and building boats with his grandfather and father. The Learned’s Boat Shop was officially launched in 1975 and has been building (mostly) 22′ surf launched, plywood dories (designed by Terry’s father) since that time.

Three generations of the Learned family have fished dory boats off the beach at Pacific City, Oregon from Cape Kiwanda. Since 1975 the Learned family has handcrafted these beautiful and seaworthy flat-bottomed boats.  Learned dories have been shipped to buyers all over the United States, including Florida, Alaska and the Pribiloff Islands. Terry is currently building hull #88 in the shop.

Learned’s Boat Shop has been featured in “WoodenBoat” Magazine and “The National Fisherman”, among others and they are proud members of the Pacific City Doryman’s Association.

 According to Terry “Our goal is to work with our customers to create a handcrafted dory to specifications that will ensure your satisfaction’.

Click on green player button above to listen to full interview with Terry about his one of a kind boat shop.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

 

A Learned Dory owned and and photographed by Dick Ramsey.

A Learned Dory owned and and photographed by Dick Ramsey.

A Learned dory lauching thru the surf. Photo courtesy of Sandy Weedman.

A Learned dory lauching thru the surf. Photo courtesy of Sandy Weedman.

Terry with daughters Pam and Annie in the Learned's Boat Shop. Photo courtesy of Terry Learned.

Terry with daughters Pam and Annie in the Learned’s Boat Shop. Photo courtesy of Terry Learned.

Thanks for doing the interview Terry.  I wish you the best with all your future boating and building endeavors!

WANT TO HELP? PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats. I would REALLY appreciate you sending me wooden boats pics, stories, or projects you are working on.

You can also write comments on this blog, email me at Dan@Hookedonwoodenboats.com, call my feedback hotline at 424 261-2360, or leave a voice message from your computer.

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Today’s podcast episode is an interview with Tom Jackson, senior editor of WoodenBoat Magazine in Brooklin, Maine.

Tom built his first boat at the age of 10 while living in the mountains of British Columbia, and his interests then and since have included woodworking, boatbuilding, maritime history, nautical archaeology, sailing, and rowing. He worked as a journalist in Oregon and Washington after graduating from the University of Oregon, at the same time always looking for boatbuilding, sailing, and racing opportunities.

In the early 1990s, he served as a volunteer boatbuilder on a project to build three boats at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. In 1997, he joined the editorial staff at WoodenBoat, combining his professional experience with his lifetime passion. His interests range from yachts to small traditional craft.

Since moving to Maine, Jackson has served as crew in such races as the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, the Marblehead-to-Halifax Race, and the Bermuda Race, most notably on a cold-molded “spirit of tradition” 76-footer. He is the co-author, with Maynard Bray, of Worthy of the Sea: K. Aage Nielsen and His Legacy of Yacht Design, published in 2006.

In 2005, he sailed the Blekinge Archipelago as part of the one-week Raid Sweden, crewing for a Kalmarsund Pilot Boat replica. In 2008, he sailed from Dublin, Ireland, to Roskilde, Denmark, as one of 65 crew in the undecked, 98’ Viking ship replica HAVHINGSTEN FRA GLENDALOUGH. His articles for WoodenBoat have taken him into shipyards to work alongside professional shipwrights, notably on the C.A. THAYER restoration in Alameda, California; the CHARLES W. MORGAN restoration and a whaleboat construction at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut; and the ADVENTURESS restoration at Haven Boatworks in Port Townsend, Washington. He is currently working on a history related to the 1841 whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN.

Tom is also the founder of Maine’s Small Reach Regatta, a “raid”-like event for rowing and sailing craft which is now in its ninth year. In 2008, he launched his 17’8” traditionally crafted lapstrake Nomans Land boat, which he built himself, down to casting his own bronze hardware and building his own sails.

Click on green player button above to listen to full interview with Tom about his fascinating wooden boat journey.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

 

Tom's Nomans Land Boat - Far and Away. Tom built every piece of this beautiful traditional boat including sails and bronze casting work. Photo courtesy of Tom Jackson.

Tom’s Nomans Land lapstrake boat – Far and Away. Tom built every piece of this beautiful traditional boat including sails and bronze casting work. Photo courtesy of Tom Jackson.

Tom's bronze casting work for removable mast support. Photo courtesy of Tom Jackson.

Tom’s bronze casting work for removable mast support. Photo courtesy of Tom Jackson.

 

Thanks for doing the interview Tom.  I wish you the best with all your future boating endeavors.

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I recently purchased a Dimplex portable shop heater for my 450 square foot shop and it works great! The best thing about it though is that it only cost $100.  It is 220v, 30amp and has a built in thermostat.  If you are interested, click this link for more info:  Heater.

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This portable heater works great for my 450 square foot shop!

WANT TO HELP? PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats. I would REALLY appreciate you sending me wooden boats pics, stories, or projects you are working on.

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Today’s podcast episode is an interview with small boat builder, adventurer, and author Tom Pamperin. Tom is originally from Wisconsin and currently on assignment teaching English in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Tom built his current boat – Jagular – a few years back and has experienced a series of adventures (or “(mis)adventures” as Tom calls them) in this $300 sailboat. Tom is writing a book about his fun times on the water – check out his Kickstarter Campaign to fund publishing of the book.

Click on green player button above to listen to full interview with Tom about Jagular and his small boat Journeys.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

Tom's $300 boat Jagular is a Bolger Pirate Racer design.

Tom’s $300 boat Jagular is a Bolger Pirate Racer design. Photo courtesy of Tom.

Jagular on the beach. Photo courtesy of Tom.

Jagular on the beach. Photo courtesy of Tom.

 

Thanks for doing the interview Tom.  I wish you the best with all your future small boat endeavors.

PORTABLE SHOP HEATER

I recently purchased a Dimplex portable shop heater for my 450 square foot shop and it works great! The best thing about it though is that it only cost $100.  It is 220v, 30amp and has a built in thermostat.  If you are interested, click this link for more info:  Heater.

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This portable heater works great for my 450 square foot shop!

WANT TO HELP? PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats. I would REALLY appreciate you sending me wooden boats pics, stories, or projects you are working on.

You can also write comments on this blog, email me at Dan@Hookedonwoodenboats.com, call my feedback hotline at 424 261-2360, or leave a voice message from your computer.

Click HERE to subscribe to my email news list for the latest and greatest fun stuff and click on one of the buttons below to subscribe to my show. Keep the bright side up and the barnacled side down – Wooden Boat Dan “over and out”! Subscribe to the Hooked On Wooden Boats Podcast here:  iTunes RSS Feed

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