HOWB 095 – Interview | George Fisher, Owner of Swedish 1937 – 30′ Square Meter Wooden Sailboat

by admin on July 11, 2013

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Today’s podcast is an interview with George Fisher whom I met at the 2013 Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Festival while he was relaxing on his sleek 1937 Swedish sailing vessel Hansina.  We had a great time talking shop and recorded a really fun interview.

When George was 11, his dad came home and announced to the family he had purchased a “30 Square Meter” boat.  This was a complete surprise as George’s family had done very little boating and none of the family even knew what a 30 Square Meter boat was.  George sailed with his family on the boat on Long Island Sound, and at the age of 14, he took her out by himself without his parents knowledge (or permission).  He fell in love with the boat and got out on her as much as possible.

For 20 plus years after college, George didn’t do any boating to speak of, but continued to research and collect information about 30 Square Meter boats all over the world.  While flying on a business trip in 2005, he spotted a 30 Square Meter boat for sale at Lake Huron.  When he came home and told his wife about the Lake Huron boat, she shocked George and said “you should buy it”.  George flew to Lake Huron, bought the boat, hauled her home, renamed her “Hansina“, and the rest is history.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with George and his story of love for 30 Square Meter boats all over the world!

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

George's 30 Square Meter (44' LOA) built in 1937 in Sweden.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

George’s 30 Square Meter (44′ LOA) built in 1937 in Sweden. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Another pic of the all-brightwork Hansina at moorage.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Another pic of the all-brightwork Hansina at moorage. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

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Encore – a stunning 1993 Simon Fletcher designed and built classic speedboat with 12 coats of Epiphanes varnish. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan while attending 2013 Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Festival.

Thanks George for doing the interview.  Best to you in all your 30 Square Meter adventures!

Wooden Boat Hack of the Week – #22 | Variable Speed Orbital Sanders Rock!

For 15 years I enjoyed using my Porter Cable 5″ orbital sander.  Last year she died and I upgraded to a Dewalt D26453 variable speed orbital sander.  At first I just ran her at high speed (5) and went on my merry way since I was used to only having one speed.  Soon however, I discovered the variable speed feature was worth its weight in gold.  D26453

On the lowest speed,  I can sand epoxy that is 80-90% cured (the final of 3 coats, the day after applying) and the pad will not gum up with epoxy (when set to high speed, the epoxy heats up just enough to get gummy and plug your paper really quickly).

For fully cured epoxy and when I want to take material off faster, I can go to a higher setting and Voila – she works like a charm with no epoxy gumming up my paper.

So if you have variable speeds, use them.  If not go buy a variable speed unit – you won’t regret it.  I recommend the Dewalt D26453 (which I use) and if you purchase it with this Amazon Link, I get paid a small commission.  THANKS!

Shoot an email to ole Dan@Hookedonwoodenboats.com if you have other tips.

 

My Canoe “Chelan” has been completed and lauched.  Here she is on the Columbia River:

My just finished canoe "Chelan" on the Columbia River.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

My just finished canoe “Chelan” on the Columbia River. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

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