When did you become a boat designer and what was your first real design?
After that I started to get request for plans and I ended up drawing them with help of Michael Storer.
Which designer(s) had the greatest influence on you?
Michael Storer. I would not be drawing boats without MIK and his great attitude towards boating.
How many boat designs have you drawn in total?
I have drawn maybe around ten, but I am not sure which is a design and which is just a sketch or prototype. I start drafting a boat when I get some idea – and ideas seems to come from my personal ”need”. In reality, I don’t need any more boats.
Which of your designs is your best seller, and which is your personal favorite?
Ocean Explorer – and I think it is a great micro cruiser. It may be my favorite. BackSplash is also great –
I love paddling. My favorite boat may still be coming.
Do you have a design philosophy – certain themes or principles your adhere to?
Boats are meant to be used. I don’t want to build and design overly polished boats. It doesn’t mean they are not efficient – build it, use and scratch it and repair it or build another.
First, I made simply shaped boats, but I have moved towards bit more ”sophisticated” forms – they are actually not much more difficult to build.
What key tips would you give to builders of your designs?
Don’t schedule your building. I build during winters and with small steps per day.
If something is unclear, just drop me email.
What do you have on the drawing board now?
I am drawing plans of tandem kayak/canoe/trimaran ”Toucanoe”.
There is a new prototype build which I call Pro a Canoe. It is a big family canoe which stern can be turned to the side and fitted with a small motor. The idea is to go camping with a motor and do some day paddling trips with kids.
I am also drawing / building a kayak – it is actually third prototype of the“same” design. I hope this one will be the final version (will it ever be?) I call this one Free – what does that mean?