HOWB 097 – Interview | Scott Sprague, Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Designer and Builder

by admin on July 25, 2013

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Today’s podcast is an interview with Scott Sprague of Bainbridge Island.   I met Scott at the 2013 Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Festival while he was relaxing on the beautiful 42′ double ended sloop – Tumblehome – he designed and built.  We had a great time talking shop and I learned what a rotating wing spar is :).

Scott grew up on Bainbridge Island and from a very tender age he was sailing his parents gaff rigged sloop and  wooded schooner around Puget Sound and into Canada.  During high school he started designing boats and after graduating, he purchased a fishing boat hull and converted it to a 29′ wishbone ketch which he lived aboard for 7 years.

Scott was introduced to his dad’s good friend, renowned Northwest boat designer William Garden, as a youth and had the privilege of being mentored by Garden on vessel design.  Between 1981 and 1989 Scott designed and built a very unique sloop – Tumblehome.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Scott!

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

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Tumblehome – a 42′ double ended sailboat is Scott’s design and build. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Another picture of Scotts sloop Tumblehome.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Another picture of Scotts sloop Tumblehome. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

22' Pulsifer Hampton Launch designed and built by Richard Pulsifer of Brunswick, ME.   Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

22′ Pulsifer Hampton Launch designed and built by Richard Pulsifer of Brunswick, ME. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Thanks Scott for doing the interview.  Best to you in all your Tumblehome adventures!

Wooden Boat Hack of the Week – #23 | Think of a Pin Nailer as Your Third Hand!
While in the residential construction business I purchased a 23 gauge Bostitch Pin Nailer for super accurate installation of fine woodworking trim.  The pin nailer (air gun) drives a small (23/1000’s of an inch) pin into wood with great precision and is nearly invisible after installation.  The pins come in lengths of 1/2″ to 1 3/16″.

PinNailer

Now I have started using my pin nailer in the following boat building applications:

  • Holding boat parts in position while epoxy is curing (e.g. mounting transom doubler to transom)
  • Temporarily holding parts in position while drilling screw holes, aligning parts or just to keep a shim from moving on me

The great thing is, if you pin nail 2 boards together it is very easy to pull them apart and remove the pin with virtually no mark left in the wood.  And if you leave the pins in, no one will notice (unless they get their magnifying glass out!).

So buy a Pin Nailer today and get that third hand to help!

 

My SCAMP Build Update

Foresail 1 is coming along nicely.  Her stem and foreward bulkheads are secured and she is ready for planking.

My SCAMP – Foresail 1 – is coming along nicely. Her stem and forward bulkheads are secured now and she is getting ready for planking.

To see full updates, costs and hours spent go to HookedOnWoodenBoats.com/SCAMP.

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