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Today’s podcast is with Dave Sharp of Sharp Marine Restoration & Joinery in Vancouver, BC.

Dave grew up in Ontario and began to pursue an education in mechanical engineering. He soon realized it was not his cup of tea and traveled to England to attend IBTC (The International Boatbuilding & Training College) to learn traditional boatbuilding.

After finishing at IBTC, Dave worked in boat yards in the United Kingdom, France, Ontario, and British Columbia before launching Sharp Marine 3 years ago in Vancouver. Dave performs some beautiful work on amazing boats of all shapes and sizes.

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Pics to enjoy:

New teak deck over plywood for this shapely vessel. Photo courtesy of Dave Sharp.

New teak deck over plywood for this shapely vessel. Photo courtesy of Dave Sharp.

1948 32' Fully restored Chris Craft. Photo courtesy of Dave Sharp.

1948 32′ Fully restored Chris Craft. Photo courtesy of Dave Sharp.

New purpleheart backbone for this structure. Photo courtesy of Dave Sharp.

New purpleheart backbone for this structure. Photo courtesy of Dave Sharp.

Thanks for doing the interview Dave.  I wish you the best with all your future endeavors!

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Today’s podcast is with Captain Dave Clark of Bremerton, WA. Clark traded a piece of property for the 117′ historic tugboat – Dominion – 2 years ago, and has magnificent plans for her!

Dave fell in love with boats at a young age and moved to the Seattle, WA area in 1989 to pursue his boating passion. He had a brief encounter with a Tugboat named Dominion a decade ago, and then years later in 2013 he saw her for sale on Craigslist. He called the owner Jeff, and traded a piece of property for the tug over the phone that day.

Dave is establishing a Non-Profit entity for the tug – Dominion Historical Workboat Association – and she is carefully being restored in preparation for her new life as an historic wooden vessel used as a maritime museum for training, education, philanthropy, and much much more.

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Pics to enjoy:

Dominion at dockside. Preparing to be moved. Photo courtesy of Dominion.

Dominion at dockside. Preparing to be moved. Photo courtesy of Dominion.

Dave Clark next to the original 40 ton, 1500hp Enterprise diesel engine. Photo courtesy of Dominion.

Dave Clark next to the original 40 ton, 1500hp Enterprise diesel engine. Photo courtesy of Dominion.

Thanks for doing the interview Dave.  I wish you the best with all your future Dominion endeavors!

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Today’s podcast is with Michael Durland, proprietor of Deer Harbor Boatworks and long time resident of Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of WA state. If you’ve never been to the San Juans, it’s high time you visit – this is one incredible place!

Michael moved to the Island in the 70’s to work on a boat with a friend, and never left. He runs the Boatworks and works on a lot of cool wooden vessels of all sizes and designs.

Michael also helped launch the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juans in 2001. The Society holds a rendezvous each year in between the dates of the Victoria, BC Classic Boat Festival and the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. The rendezvous is a down home, low key event with meals, racing and general messing about on boats.

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Pics to enjoy:

Aerial view of Deer Harbor Boat Works, Orcas Island, WA

Aerial view of Deer Harbor Boat Works, Orcas Island, WA. Nice spot Michael!! Photo courtesy of the internet :D

Michael & Kat's 6 Meter speedster Challenge - built in 1934. She is 37' with a fractional rig.

Michael & Kat’s 6 Meter speedster Challenge – built in 1934. She is 37′ with a fractional rig. Photo courtesy of Michael Durland.

One of the traditional wooden vessels at the Wooden Boat Society Rendezvous.

One of the traditional wooden vessels at the Wooden Boat Society Rendezvous in Deer Harbor.

Thanks for doing the interview Michael.  I wish you the best with all your future wooden boat endeavors!

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Today’s podcast is an interview with Rob O’Dea, president of the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club of Vancouver, BC. In the clubs own words: “The Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club is a club for people who enjoy building, repairing, sailing, talking about, thinking about, and simply messing about in small wooden boats. The club operates out of a floating boat shed at the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Heritage Harbour at 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver. Members can be found each saturday morning restoring the club’s fleet of small wooden boats or working on a new build.” And visitors are welcome anytime!

O’Dea has been messing about in wooden boats most of his life. Eight years ago he bought a 36′ sailboat built in 1956 in Nova Scotia. This boat had been owned by Charlie and Margo of Charlie’s Charts Cruising Guides, and was their home as they were writing their Guides. Rob shares some tall tales of adventure aboard this fine vessel.

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Pics to enjoy:

The Oarlock Club showing off some of the vessels during the Vancouver BC Boat Show. Photo courtesy of the Oarlock Club.

The Oarlock Club showing off some of the vessels during the Vancouver BC Boat Show. Photo courtesy of the Oarlock Club.

14' Paul Gartside Riff nearing completion. Photo courtesy of the Oarlock Club.

14′ Paul Gartside Riff nearing completion. Photo courtesy of the Oarlock Club.

Quarter knees being meticulously installed on the Riff. Photo courtesy of the Oarlock Club.

Quarter knees being meticulously installed on the Riff. Photo courtesy of the Oarlock Club.

Thanks for doing the interview Rob.  I wish you the best with all your future wooden boat endeavors!

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Today’s podcast is an interview with Rod Tait of Orca Canoes and Kayaks in Coquitlam, BC. Rod builds small strip built canoes, kayaks and other boats, sell kits, and rebuilds and refurbishes small boats.

Rod was raised in the province of British Columbia and when he was a young lad his folks purchased a small fishing resort on coastal BC. Rod spent the next few years messing around in small wooden fishing boats and helping his family run the resort. This was the beginning of his lifelong love for boats and boating – especially of the wooden variety.

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Pics to enjoy:

One of Rod's strip built canoes in progress.

One of Rod’s strip built canoes in progress. Photo courtesy of Rod.

A finished Prospector canoe. This is woodworking artwork. Photo courtesy of Rod.

A finished Prospector canoe. This is woodworking artwork. Photo courtesy of Rod.

Thanks for doing the interview Rod.  I wish you the best with all your future wooden boat endeavors!

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