HOWB 040 – Josh Colvin: SCAMP brainchild, Editor Small Craft Advisor Magazine, sailor, wooden boater

by admin on June 21, 2012



This week’s show is an interview with Josh Colvin, editor of Small Craft Advisor Magazine.  I met Josh in Port Townsend during the Pocket Yacht Palooza, and had a blast throwing questions at him left and right.

Josh has been boating since he was a kid, and grew to love sailing early in life.   As a young adult, he would sail with his Uncle and others on larger sailboats and was having fun doing it.  But there was something about small boats that intrigued him and drew his attention away from larger craft – the simplicity, lower cost and maintenance, ease of use, and on and on.  Soon he realized there were no decent periodicals for the small craft enthusiast.  So Josh, along with co-editor/publisher Craig Wagner, birthed Small Craft Advisor Magazine in 1999.

About 3 years ago, Josh presented a boatload of his own small craft ideas to John Welsford, small boat designer, to see if John could take all those ideas and put them into one micro cruising SUPER sailboat.  The result is SCAMP (Small Craft Advisor Magazine Project).  This is one amazing boat!  11′ 11″ length, 5′ 4″ beam, pram bow, water ballast, 7″ draft (you read it right – seven inches), offset centerboard for roomy cockpit, sleeps 2, multiple water tight compartments, beautiful looks, 420 pounds total, seaworthy, the list goes on and on and on.  So much boat in such a small package – nice job Josh!  Josh describes the SCAMP project in detail during the interview.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Josh.

If you are interested in building your own SCAMP, check out the upcoming August 6-17 SCAMP CAMP in Port Townsend, WA where the NW Boat School and the NW Maritime Center, along with Howard Rice,  John Welsford, Scott Jones, Josh Colvin and others will oversee a group of students build their own gorgeous SCAMP.  As of this writing space is available in the class.  Email Pete at if interested.

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

Josh in the SCAMP prototype. The 5' 4" beam makes this one roomy pocket cruiser! Photo courtesy of Josh Colvin.


Josh reviewing performance of Caledonai Yawl for a Small Craft Advisor magazine article. Photo courtesy of Josh Colvin.


20' Ranger chase boat taking pics. Photo courtesy of Josh Colvin.


Thanks Josh for taking time for the interview.  It was a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to seeing you in August at the SCAMP class.  If you would like to contact Josh, you can email him at


Yes folks, my canoe is coming along.  This past week I finished filleting in the 2 bulkheads and epoxied all the lapstich joints (2 applications).  Now I have a real (unfinished) hull.

Check out the pics:

I emptied and cleaned a latex caulk tube from Home Depot to refill with epoxy to "caulk" the lapstitch joints on my canoe. It was a lot of work! You can buy empty tubes from West Systems (but I was out of time to do that!).


I had to cut the tip in half, clean it out, then duct tape it back together so I could have a clean tube to fill with epoxy.


Lapstich joint filled with epoxy. The joint at bottom will be covered with fiberglass cloth, so I didn't worry about it being as neat.


Here is the structurally completed hull. YEAH!


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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June 29, 2012

love the podcasts and wanted to give you 5 stars on I tunes but i went there and don’t know how to do it , please give me directions.

PS Just came back from Mystic Ct. and the Wooden Boat Show , excellent will try to post some oils to your site. ralph


June 30, 2012

Ralph – thanks for your encouragement. I really enjoy doing this podcast thing and love wooden boats. I am really jealous you made it to Mystic – good for you! Was this your first time there? Please post pics to my FB page:

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Thanks again, WBD


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