HOWB 142 – Interview | Bob Lamson on His South African Mahogany Venetian Motor Taxi “Capolavoro”

by admin on September 26, 2014

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On this week’s episode I had the opportunity to sit down with Bob Lamson at the 38th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival and discuss his boating background and his beautiful 1999 fully bright-worked (South African Mahogany) Venetian Water Taxi – Capolavoro (Italian for “masterpiece”).

Bob grew up in the Seattle area and his dad ran a boat shop on the Duwamish River when he was a kid. Fast forward to the 1990’s – Bob was taking business trips to Italy and started noticing the drop-dead-gorgeous wooden motor taxis  in Venice. He made inquiries as to who the builder was, and shortly thereafter ordered a brand new custom built 31′ x 7′ Venetian Motor Taxi from Cantiere Motonautico Serenella. The boat is cold molded with 4 veneers of Mahogany and was shipped to the US in 1999 for Bob to enjoy and show in the Seattle area.

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Pics to enjoy:

Capolovaro is a work of art from bow to stern. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Capolavoro is a work of art from bow to stern. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

 

Aft cabin area is comfy and classy. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Aft cabin area is comfy and classy. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Capolovaro's Birdseye Maple helm is stunning. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Capolovaro’s Birdseye Maple helm is stunning. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Capalavaro has sliding glass over the rear cockpit - WOW!. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Capolavoro has sliding glass over the rear cockpit – WOW!. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Thanks for doing the interview Bob.  I wish you the best in all your future Capolavoro endeavors!

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August 27, 2017

Dear Sir. I am very interested in having a wooden venetian water taxi being built fr me. Could you advise wheter yku do this and the approximate cause. Tgds willem wjdb@ law.co.za

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