HOWB 096 – Interview | Betsy Davis, Executive Director of Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle, WA

by admin on July 18, 2013

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Today’s podcast is an interview with Betsy Davis, Executive Director of The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) in Seattle, WA.  I chatted with Davis while she was sitting on her classic 1914 yacht Glory Be during the 37th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival.  We had a great time talking about CWB, the Glory Be, and other fun stuff.

Betsy spent her formidable years on Mercer Island and enjoyed getting out on canoes and row boats on Lake Washington. After working in the hi-tech industry, becoming a board member at CWB, and purchasing Glory Be in 1997, Betsy took some time to reflect on the next step in her life journey.  That process landed her in the 2 year Marine Carpentry Program at Seattle Central Community College.

In January of 2002 while attending the Marine Carpentry Program, fire struck the Seattle Yacht Club where Glory Be was moored and she burned and sank.  Three weeks later, her wreckage was pulled out of the water and she miraculously floated just like a boat should.  One of Betsy’s Marine Carpentry instructions witnessed that phenomenon, and offered to Davis that if she would pay for the materials, the Marine Carpentry school would restore Glory Be.

Over the next 2 years, she was lovingly and painstakingly restored to her former glory, and looks as beautiful today as she did when she was launched in 1914 from the Taylor-Grandy yard on Vashon Island, WA.  And in 2003, Betsy became the Executive Director of CWB.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Betsy and her love of wooden boats and the wooden boat community!

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

Betsy's vintage 36' double ender built in 1914.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Betsy’s classic 36′ double ender built in 1914. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

The 37th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival - beauty on the water.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

The 37th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival – beauty on the water. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Turning Point - 44' Lake Union Dreamboat built in 1928 at the Lake Union Drydock, Seattle.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Turning Point – 44′ Lake Union Dreamboat built in 1928 at the Lake Union Drydock, Seattle. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Traditional sailing vessel showing off her curvy lines.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Traditional sailing vessel showing off her curvy lines. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Thanks Betsy for doing the interview.  Best to you in all your CWB and wooden boat adventures!

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My SCAMP – Foresail 1 – is well under way. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

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April 7, 2014

love to see old boats we do get a large summer showing from the states ladysmith bc have bean following you from a far don,t say much unless i am asked worked on lots of wood boats keep up the good work cataloge what you do a freind of mine prints and sells them g glasze give the aperance of a painting good hunting cal

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