PODCAST SHOW NOTES – Episode #016
Interview: Tug Buse
Michael “Tug” Buse grew up on the water. In fact, looking west from his parents’ Warm Beach (WA) home dining room, all you see is Port Susan bay and Camano Island in the distance. Beginning at the tender age of 10 months, Tug was getting sea legs on his parents’ wooden tugboat, the “Maggie B” while cruising around Puget Sound.
Buse always wanted to build a little sister for Maggie B. He wanted a boat that was his very own but closely related to his parents’ tug. Tug purchased plans for a ’14 sailing pram from the same renowned Seattle naval architect that designed the Maggie B – William Garden. The pram was designed to be easy to sail, stable, and rock solid on the water. He took Garden’s plans and built “Adventure” during five summers, finishing her in 2008 after a total of about 2,500 hours. She is a striking boat with a stout 6′ beam, cedar strip planking, a small cuddy cabin, and sitka spruce spars.
When Tug moved to Sioux City, Iowa to be a college professor at Morningside College in 2007, he felt landlocked. After doing a little research he discovered that the Missouri river system in his back yard was connected with other rivers to the south and eventually dumped into the Gulf of Mexico. Next, he discovered the intercoastal waterway, a mostly protected 3,000 mile long waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts that could take him east along the gulf, then as far north as Maine to his alma mater, Bowdoin College.
The rest “is history”, as they say. Click on the green player button above to listen to the interview about Tug’s 4000 mile, 14 month journey.
Here’s some pics to enjoy:
Tug’s email is Tug_Buse@yahoo.com.com. Thanks again Tug for taking the time to meet with me!!!
Next Week – Interview with Dale McKinnon – wooden boat builder, long distance open ocean rower.
Dale tells the story of how she built a Sam Devlin designed dory and rowed it single handed 800 miles from Ketchikan Alaska to Bellingham, WA. Tune in again next week folks – you won’t regret it!!
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