My interest in traditional boats dates back to the emergence of the wooden boat movement here on the west coast in the early 1970’s. This was a time of intense passion for the revival of wooden boats and traditional boatbuilding skills that seemed to grip more than a few young men and women of my generation in its heady embrace. No exception, I was caught up in its euphoria and found myself swept along by its momentum into a lifelong love affair with classic small sailing craft and wooden boats of all kinds.
Since then, I have built a few boats of my own and have expanded my interest into historical research and design. Though essentially self-taught, I have studied yacht design formally and have focused my attention primarily on classic boats and modern composite wood-epoxy construction techniques.
In more recent years, I have concentrated on the intricacies of computer aided drafting and design and its many advantages in developing simpler and more accurate plans and drawings for both amateur and professional builders alike. Not only can much of the somewhat daunting lofting and fairing tasks once required of boatbuilders be eliminated, but now full-sized patterns plotted on paper or Mylar film can speed up the construction process considerably, ensuring a degree of accuracy once thought attainable by only the most experienced of loftsmen and women.
One of the great advocates and mentors of the North American wooden boat movement has been the late John Gardner and I have always subscribed to his philosophy, that the preservation and continued development of traditional small craft lay in the hands of amateur boatbuilders and the advancement of modern wooden boatbuilding methods. I would like to think my design work reflects this and that I have been able to infuse my designs with a purpose that will appeal to the adventuring spirit of small boat enthusiasts, who are equally keen on building their own boat.