HOWB 037 – 2012 Olympia Wooden Boat Fair – Part 2 of Interviews: Bob Peck and Hal Van Gilder

by admin on May 31, 2012



This week is a continuation of last week’s interviews that I did at the 33rd annual Olmpia Wooden Boat Fair in Olympia, WA.  The first interview is with Hal Van Gilder, president of the Olympia Wooden Boat Association.  Hal grew up boating and his dad built a 39′ wooden cabin cruiser in 1932 which Hal owns and maintains to this day.  This boat is “federally registered” due to some past history and supposed mishaps in international waters – listen to the full story on the interview.

The second interview is with Bob Peck, president of the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association.  Bob has been named 2012 Maritime Person of the Year by the Olympia Wooden Boat Association.  Bob has built 18 boats as a hobbyist over the last 50 years.  He brought his 1/4 scale East Coast Harbor Tug to the Fair this year (see pic below).  This is one talented dude who has built boats of all sizes, shapes and construction methods.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the interviews and hear some fun stories and interesting people.

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


Bob Peck in his 1/4 scale East Coast Harbor Tug with 3hp diesel. WOW!

Bob's tug is 10' of sheer beauty and intrigue! Look at the attention to detail!

Thanks to Bob & Hal for being interviewed for my podcast.  And best to you in your wooden boat endeavors and adventures down river.

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 Yacht 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

Aug 31 – Sept 2 – 39th Annual Harbor Days – Olympia, 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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