HOWB 120 – Interview | Eric Hvalsoe, Shipwright, Designer of Hvalsoe 13 & Hvalsoe 16

by admin on January 17, 2014


Today’s interview is with Eric Hvalsoe of Hvalsoe Boats in Shoreline, WA.

Eric grew up in a boating family, and has been involved with small wooden craft design and construction, marine carpentry and fine woodworking since 1981. Hvalsoe was trained as a professional boatwright at the Bates College in Tacoma, WA. He has been designing, building, and repairing boats, and teaching wooden boats skills for 30 plus years.

Eric designed the Hvalsoe 13 and 16, traditional lapstrake rowing and sailing craft which have been given rave reviews by builders and sailors over the world.  He has also built several gorgeous 1930’s style speedboats such as the Aurora and Little Miss Canada IV.

Click on green player button above to listen to full interview with Eric about the history of Hvalsoe Boats and what he is up to today.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

One of Eric's flagship designs - the Hvalsoe 13.  Photo courtesy of Eric Hvalsoe.

One of Eric’s flagship designs – the Hvalsoe 13. This lapstrake beauty is built to both sail and row like a dream.  Photo courtesy of Eric Hvalsoe.

Miss Canada IV

Eric built the head turning Miss Canada IV, styled after a 1930s speedboat.

Eric built this gorgeous copper riveted Atkin tender for a client of his.  Photo courtesy of Eric Hvalsoe.

Eric built this gorgeous copper riveted Atkin tender for a client of his. Photo courtesy of Eric Hvalsoe.

Thanks for doing the interview Eric.  I wish you the best in all their future endeavors.

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