HOWB 163 – Interview | Mike Bretner, Comm’s Director Vancouver BC Wooden Boat Society

by admin on March 5, 2015

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Today’s podcast is with Mike Bretner of Vancouver, BC. Mike is a self confessed wooden boat addict and also the communications director for the Vancouver BC Wooden Boat Society.

Bretner owns and uses several really cool boats: 1.) A 1952 Turner lifeboat with the original 1 cylinder gas engine; 2.) a 1967 Mirror Dinghy he has owned since 1981, and; 3.) a 14′ strip built boat he recently built based on Phil Bolger’s Defender design.

Of note too – Mike’s dad owned an Amphicar and surprised Mike as a young child by driving off the road and into the water 😀

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Pics to enjoy:

Mike purchased this 1967 Mirror Dinghy in 1981 and Red Wing is still going strong. Photo courtesy of Mike.

Mike purchased this 1967 Mirror Dinghy in 1981 and Red Wing is still going strong. Photo courtesy of Mike.

Mike loves his 12' Turner lifeboat. She is powered by a 1 cylinder, 4 hp gasoline engine.  Photo courtesy of Mike.

Mike loves his 12′ Turner lifeboat. Snowdrop was built in 1952 is powered by a 1 cylinder, 4 hp gasoline engine. Photo courtesy of Mike.

Mike rowing Gwragedd Annum - the 14' strip built beauty he built base on the Bolger Defender design.  Photo courtesy of Mike.

Mike rowing Gwragedd Annum – the 14′ strip built beauty he built based on the Bolger Defender design. Photo courtesy of Mike.

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

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