HOWB 160 – Interview | Michael Durland Proprietor at Deer Harbor Boatworks on Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, WA

by admin on February 12, 2015

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Today’s podcast is with Michael Durland, proprietor of Deer Harbor Boatworks and long time resident of Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of WA state. If you’ve never been to the San Juans, it’s high time you visit – this is one incredible place!

Michael moved to the Island in the 70’s to work on a boat with a friend, and never left. He runs the Boatworks and works on a lot of cool wooden vessels of all sizes and designs.

Michael also helped launch the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juans in 2001. The Society holds a rendezvous each year in between the dates of the Victoria, BC Classic Boat Festival and the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. The rendezvous is a down home, low key event with meals, racing and general messing about on boats.

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Pics to enjoy:

Aerial view of Deer Harbor Boat Works, Orcas Island, WA

Aerial view of Deer Harbor Boat Works, Orcas Island, WA. Nice spot Michael!! Photo courtesy of the internet 😀

Michael & Kat's 6 Meter speedster Challenge - built in 1934. She is 37' with a fractional rig.

Michael & Kat’s 6 Meter speedster Challenge – built in 1934. She is 37′ with a fractional rig. Photo courtesy of Michael Durland.

One of the traditional wooden vessels at the Wooden Boat Society Rendezvous.

One of the traditional wooden vessels at the Wooden Boat Society Rendezvous in Deer Harbor.

Thanks for doing the interview Michael.  I wish you the best with all your future wooden boat endeavors!

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