HOWB 029 – Steve Chapain, Wooden Pocock racing shell and master boat builder.

by admin on April 5, 2012



Interview – Steve Chapain  Point Hudson Boat Shop

Steve grew up in Minnesota  canoeing and water skiing with his family and friends.  As a young adult he visited his brother in Washington state, found Port Townsend and decided that was his sweet spot.  After moving there, he met Bob Prothero (late founder of Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building) and enrolled at the boat school so, in his words, he could “fix my own boats”.  After graduating, he did a few restoration projects and soon had his own shop and wooden boat repair and building business -Point Hudson Boat Repair.

Tune in to this podcast to hear the complete interview including how Steve took over building the traditional wooden Pocock racing shells..  Click on the green player button above for all the details.  ENJOY!

Here’s some pics (click to enlarge):

Steve next to a vintage Pocock wooden racing shell in for repair.


A wooden Pocock racing shell - 26' long and 34 pounds!


Steve's inventory of new Pocock shells for sale.

Thanks Steve for taking the time to be interviewed, and best to you in your business and future adventures!

To connect with Steve, go to Pocock Classic or call 360 385 6863.  Steve would love to talk to you about your racing shell or next boat project!


Wooden Boat Dan’s recent Boat Messing Stuff:


My homemade rabbet plane. Thought I would save some money. The concept was good, but it didn't work very well, so bought rabbet bit for my router instead! Any thoughts on my design flaw?


My homemade epoxy locker. Insulated and has 60 watt bulb. Keeps my epoxy clean and warm through the winter. This is one of the smartest things I have ever done in my shop!


This scarf joint blew out on the gunnel of my SOF kayak. Cause: didn't mix epoxy correctly? See next 2 pics for fixes.


Had to build a brace system from my shop ceiling to attach a lever (2x4) to hold the scarf joint closed until the epoxy cured.

The scarf joint fixed. The epoxy filled in and is holding the joint solid as a rock. Sweet!

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