HOWB 036 – 2012 Olympia Wooden Boat Fair Part 1: highlights and interviews with Megan Guritz, Ray Gillespie, Mishawn and Danielle

by admin on May 24, 2012



I start this podcast with Pete Leenhouts of the NW School of Wooden Boat Building.  Pete discusses the upcoming August 6-17 class in Port Townsend where the Boat School and the NW Maritime Center along with Howard Rice and John Welsford will oversee a group of students build their own gorgeous microcruiser – SCAMP.  As of this writing space is available in the class.  Email Pete at if interested.

Next I share some highlights of the Olmpia Wooden Boat Fair which I attended on May 12 for the first time.  My first interview is with Megan Guritiz the Fair coordinator.  Megan shares some highlights from the Fair, how she got involved with beautiful wooden vessels of all sorts, and why this event rocks!

Second is an interview with 92 year young Ray Gillespie.  Ray is a real firecracker to be around.  He has been a boyscout since 1930; started the Sea Scouts Olympia program in 1965 (the Sea Scouts 1944 WWII Captains Gig wooden vessel is named after him – R.E. Gillespie); and has attended the Fair for 33 years straight.  This guy was a blast to interview – you will hear a lot of good laughs and the story of the shipwreck in Alaska of the SS Propellor  Scout boat.

Lastly, an interview with sisters Mishawn and Danielle who own a gorgeous boat – 1935 Ed Monk Sr. designed cutter (Pics below).  Hear all the details and how the sisters got involved in this gig.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the interviews and fun stuff – and be prepared to laugh along with us 🙂

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

Sandman Tug - built 1908. The lines on her are stunning!

Megan Guritz - Fair Director extraordinaire. Great job Megan and thanks for the hospitality!

1935 Ed Monk Sr designed cutter built by Hugh Garrett. LOA 28', LOD 21'. Owned by sisters Mishawn and Danielle Ewart - she is beautiful!

Sisters Mishawn and Danielle - owners of Ed Monk Sr. cutter above.

Ray Gillespie - 92 years young and loving every second of the Fair he has attended for 33 years straight. Ray started the local Sea Scout program in 1965, and has been continuously registered as a boy scout since 1930!

Architecture, architecture, architecture. Look at the lines on her!!!

Custom designed speed boat "Bingo" - a one week build according to owner. 25 hp outboard = 38 mph! This rig is a rocket ship...


Thanks to everyone that was interviewed for my podcast.  And best to you in your wooden boat endeavors and adventures.  If you would like to attend the Olympia Wooden Boat Fair next year, mark it on your calendar now – it’s always on mothers day weekend.


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 6-17 – Build Your Own SCAMP microcruiser (360 385-4948) – Port Townsend, WA

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

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

September 1-4 – Small Craft Skills Academy – Port Townsend, WA (see website for other locations)

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

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

May 28, 2012

Loved the interview with Ray, what a great character. Fantastic show once again.


May 28, 2012

Thanks Bob! Ray is a wealth of information and experience. And thanks for listening.

Wooden Boat Dan


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