HOWB 093 – Interview | Father & Son Team Build SCAMP – Arlie and Todd Blankenship

by admin on June 27, 2013



Today’s podcast is an interview with Todd Blankenship and his father Arlie Blankenship.  Arlie grew up in Port Townsend, WA fishing with a bamboo pole and hand reel in a 12′ wooden boat his dad made.  When Todd was a teenager in Hawaii, he and Arlie built an Eight Ball sailing dinghy together and took sailing lessons.  From that time on, they were hooked on sailing and owned several boats including a Hobie Cat.

At the September 2011 Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA Todd & Arlie laid eyes on the SCAMP #1 boat for the first time.  Arlie thought “it was ugly”, but Todd liked the fact that it was a seaworthy and stable boat.  They purchased the plans that day and two weeks later ordered the Okoume plywood SCAMP kit from Small Craft Advisor Magazine.  They completed “Humu” in August 2012 just in time for the Wooden Boat Festival.  Check out the pictures below, she is awesome.  And Todd made the sail himself after taking a sailmaking class from Sean Rankins.

Todd and Arlie sail Humu (Humu is the State Fish of Hawaii) around Puget Sound every chance they get, and love every minute of the SCAMP experience!

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Arlie and Todd – but be careful, you may get hooked on the SCAMP!

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

Todd (left) and Arlie next to the SCAMP they build - Humu.  She's a beaut!  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Todd (left) and Arlie next to HUMU – the SCAMP they built. Nice job guys! Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Humu's color scheme is awesome!  Nice job guys. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Humu’s color scheme is awesome and she sails wonderfully according to Todd and Arlie! Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Arlie also builds working model engines such as this one!  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Arlie also builds working model engines such as this one – amazing! Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Thanks Arlie and Todd for doing the interview.  Best to you in all your Humu sailing adventures!

My Canoe “Chelan” has been completed and lauched.  Check out this video:


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