HOWB 083 – Interview | Schooner Zodiac’s Chris Wallace and Jeff Carson – Part 2

by admin on April 18, 2013



Todays featured spot is Part 2 of an interview with Chris Wallace and Jeff Carson.  Chris and Jeff live aboard their vintage 65′ wooden double ender Kwaietek, and both work on the schooner Zodiac.  Today’s podcast is focused on the Zodiac.

Zodiac is a 160′ (sparred length) two masted gaff topsail wooden schooner designed by William H. Hand Jr.  She was built by Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard and launched in 1924 at East Boothbay, Maine.  Originally she was built for the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson family, then became a bar pilot boat in San Francisco, retiring in 1972.

In the mid 1970’s, the Vessel Zodiac Corporation was formed and she was restored over a 13 year period.  She is now home ported in Bellingham, WA and available for charter trips in the Puget Sound and Gulf Islands of Canada.

In 2010, Zodiac was dismasted while cruising in Puget Sound. Fortunately there were only a couple minor injuries and a new tree was found to replace the broken mast (128′ length).  Chris and Jeff give more details of this event during the interview.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Chris and Jeff.

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

Zodiac "on the hook".  Photo courtesy of Zodiac.

Zodiac “on the hook” in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of Zodiac.


Zodiac underway in fair winds.  Photo courtesy of Zodiac.

Zodiac underway in fair winds. Photo courtesy of Zodiac.

Check out the mainmast of Zodiac - 12 stories high!  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Check out the mainmast of Zodiac – 12 stories high! Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.


Thanks Jeff & Chris for taking time out of you busy schedule to do the interview.  Best to you and your family!

Wooden Boat Hack of the Week – #21 | Put up some decent lighting in your shop!

If you want to enjoy your workshop area and end up with a decent boat at the end of the day, you will need a good lighting system.  Fluorescent shop lights are economical to buy and use, and put out a lot of light.  So here is what I recommend:

  • Mount one 8′ dual bulb fluorescent fixture to the ceiling for each space of approximately 12’x20′ (one garage bay).  For small spaces use the 4′ dual bulb fixtures
  • Mount the fixture approximately 3/4″ from the ceiling (use spacer) so air can circulate around the fixture to help keep it cool (your ballast may last longer this way).
  • Use T-8 fixtures (vs T-12).  They use less energy, put out more lumens, and will work in lower temperatures.
  • Use fixtures that are high output and will start in cold temperatures (unless you live in a climate where it is always above 60 degrees F.)
  • Buy fixtures with electronic ballasts – they last longer.
  • Use bulbs with a CRI (color rendering index) of 85 or higher for truer colors.

Now you will actually be able to see what you are doing when working on your boat project!

Shoot an email to ole if you have other tips.

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