HOWB 068 – Highlights of 2012 and Plans for the BEST YEAR EVER in 2013

by admin on January 3, 2013



Thanks to your support and the support of hundreds of other wooden boat lovers, HOWB has completed its first full year with flying colors.  This Episode is dedicated to looking at the HIGHLIGHTS of 2012 and my Plans for 2013!

Here’s Top Ten HIGHLIGHTS of 2012:

  1. 52 HOWB weekly episodes were published (67 total now).
  2. HOWB podcasts have been downloaded over 35,000 times by folks in 82 different countries.
  3. I conducted more than 50 interviews – from wooden boat rock stars, to back yard builders to instructors, captains, Designers, a Viking ship builder, blue water gurus, authors, and expert craftsman.
  4. I received “attaboy” emails from HOWB listeners all over the world – Poland, Australia, South Africa, Aruba, Sweden, and Great Britain to name a few
  5. The first ever HOWB Meet-up happened at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in September thanks to Korey Rubin, Christina Cogan and Ralph Duncan.
  6. I met and interviewed Si Miller whose claim to fame is putting 50 coats of varnish on his vintage 1967 Century ski boat (one coat per day for 50 days – seriously!).  This boat is gorgeous!
  7. I had the priviledge of meeting and interviewing sailing legends and authors Lin & Larry Pardey – WOW!
  8. I got to yak each week about the 12’ lapstrake canoe I started building this year – 90% done now!  I thought I would finish in 2012 – but won’t quite make it 🙁
  9. I made dozens of new friends, learned a ton about wooden boats, and got to hear fascinating life stories.
  10. I was a presenter at the 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA for the first time!  I also had the priviledge of attending several events for the first time: Olympia Wooden Boat Fair, Pocket Yacht Palooza, SCAMP Camp and the Maritime Heritage Festival.

Thanks for being a part of the HOWB journey in 2012.  I hope it has been as rewarding for you as it has been for me.  If you enjoy HOWB, please pass on the word.

HOWB Plans for 2013:

  • Continue to interview people from all walks of Wooden Boat Life
  • Website improvements for a better user experience
  • Reply to all listener emails within 48 hours
  • Write my 1st eBook
  • Take awesome wooden boat photos to be used in the first ever 2014 HOWB Calendar
  • Personally – finish building my 12′ canoe; start building a 11′ 11″ SCAMP

Click on green player button above to listen to the podcast and get the full scoop.

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

Wooden Boat Dan hard at work in the HOWB Shop.

Wooden Boat Dan hard at work in the HOWB Shop.

My almost completed 12' lapstrake canoe.  Started Feb. 2012.  Left to do: varnish inside and install thwart.

My almost completed 12′ lapstrake canoe. Started Feb. 2012. Left to do: varnish inside and install thwart.


HOWB Produces First Video Interview I have produced the first ever HOWB video interview. The interview is with Lloyd Shugart of Seattle, WA and he owns and is restoring a Ed Monk Sr. designed bridgedeck beauty. Check out the video here:

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