HOWB 035 – Peter Crim, Director of Wind and Oar Boat School, wooden boat lover

by admin on May 17, 2012



This week’s interview is with Peter Crim of the Wind and Oar Boat School in Portland, OR.  I first met Peter at the PNWMHC meeting in Portland, OR in April, and then reconnected with Peter while he was at the CAMA Beach facility of the Center for Wooden Boats attending a 3 day session “Teaching With Small Boats”.

Peter grew up on the east coast, and from the age of 6 his parents owned and sailed wooden boats and sailboats of various sizes including a 34′ Alden  cruising boat.  Peter was also a sailing instructor using the Beetlecat as the instruction venue of choice.

After spending 20+ years in the technology and building industries, Peter hung up his professional career and headed for Brooklin, ME to attend the Wooden Boat School in 2010.  Peter took a bunch of fun courses and got the bug to open a school in Portland to “… build communities through building boats”.  One of the school’s projects has been building the one design St Ayles Rowing Skiff to participate in races around the area.  Check out Scottish Coastal Rowing for more information about racing the St Ayles.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the interview and learn more about Peter’s journey from high tech executive to boat school founder and wooden boat builder.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):

22' St Ayles Rowing Skiff "Rosie", built at the school - Photo courtesy of Travis Mitchell.

Gunwales being attached to St Ayles skiff. Photo courtesy of Travis Mitchell.

Womens St Ayles skiff rowing team from the School. Photo courtesy of Travis Mitchell.

Thanks Peter for being interviewed for my podcast.  And best to you in your wooden boat endeavors and adventures on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers!  You can email  Peter at


UPCOMING FUN EVENTS (tell ’em Wooden Boat Dan sent you!)

May 12 – Seattle Maritime Festival – Seattle, WA

May 12-13 – 33rd Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair – Olympia, WA

May 19th – Port Townsend Pocket Yachters 1st Annual Palooza – Port Townsend, WA.

June 29 to July 1st – 22nd Annual Wooden Boat Show – Mystic Seaport, CT

June 30 to July 4th – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Seattle, WA

July 8 – 2nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival at the Willamette Sailing Club – Portland, OR

July 13-15 – 5th Annual Maritime Heritage Festival – St. Helens, OR

August 11 – La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show – La Conner, WA

August 25-26 – 20th Annual Tacoma Maritime Fest – Tacoma, WA

September 2-4 – 34th Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival – Victoria, BC, Canada

September 3-5 – 11th Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous – Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA

September 7-9  – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Port Townsend, WA

Note:  If you have events you would like added to the calendar, please email me at
Thanks to Steve Sikma for emailing and sending pics of his 14′ cedar stripped skiff.  Nice job Steve!!

Steve Sikma - 14' cedar strip built skiff "Suzie Bee". Beautiful boat Steve!!

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Keep the bright side up and the barnacled side down –  Wooden Boat Dan “over and out”!

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