Clinton Chase Boatbuilder, LLC
25 Deblois Street Portland, Maine 04103
207.602-9587 (cell/shop phone)
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Oarmakers, paddle makers and spar makers in Maine. World class products and a favorite collaborator of ours. Please visit their site!
Clint will be teaching traditional and modern oarmaking at the School in summer of 2010. Lots of great courses at this wonderful place.
The Landing School of Boatbuilding and DesignMy Boatbuilding Alma Mater. Finest education I received of all my degrees. Located in Arundel, Maine.
Maine Built Boats
Our trade organization to promote boatbuilders in Maine run by our friend and neighbor Jane Wellehan.
Michael Storer Boat Designer
Michael was our first contract. He is a friend and a talented guy!
Francois Vivier Architecte Vaval
We are contracted with Francois Viver in France to be his first and sole US builder and kit agent for North America.
Bruce Elfstrom: Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation and Overland Experts.
Bruce is not a full time designer but if he were he would be one of the best selling around. We are excited to be working with Bruce and making his boats into kits so others can enjoy them.
Swanson Boat Company
Makers of Oarsman's Tallow for treating leathers in all sorts of marine uses as well as a guru of traditional boats, boats we will be working to kit in the future.
Brother Jake Chase's Graphic Design Company graciously provided rendering work on design drawings
Daniel Olds beautiful collection of photography
Pete Peterson Boatbuilder
Jane and Pete Peterson's photography, art, and boatbuilding site. Pete is a great boatbuilder and volunteer in the community and helps me with pouring lead
Paul Gartside Boatbuilder & Designer
Paul Gartside is a great designer and excellent boat design teacher. He instructs at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine.
Blogs we follow...
The Dory Man
In the Boat Shed Blog
Rowing For Pleasure
Sailing New England
All are Excellent Blogs on boating and boatbuilding
At rest after a long row in Drake
"Realizing that the classroom wasn't my niche and with an increasing desire to work with my hands I started to think about the boat industry"I was in the middle of fixing up old "classic plastic" (fiberglass) boats and making them functioning and workable when I realized I needed to go back to school for boatbuilding. After applying twice and hesitating, I finally sent the paperwork and was accepted to The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Arundel, Maine. The old boats were sold to pay for school and a home-based shop to professionally build boats on my own. We knocked down the old attached garage and built a shop that was slightly bigger. We can now build up to 20', comfortably, bigger boats with modifications.
"I've built dozens of boats in the few short years I've worked as a boatbuilder and am now designing boats more than ever"To see a mental image become a sketch, a sketch become a scale drawing, a drawing be lofted and a backbone created, planked and a hull formed...to then finish out the boat, paint, fit out, and launch is a highly rewarding (and laborious) project.
I came to boats through using them on the water and that is where I always return after a long project, to get to know the boat and get to know myself again. My passion is for sail-and-oar boats, but love pure sailboats and pure rowboats as well as well-designed motorboats. We can also build canoes, kayaks, or any wooden boat that can be imagined. However, my specialty is glued-lapstrake and wood-epoxy construction.
"My boats tread the line between traditional and modern and that is where I like it.
A nod to the old, a nod to the new"
I live in Portland, Maine with my wife, Ellie, and son, Oliver. Ellie is a teacher and a musician. Oliver is a 4-year old who loves to play with small cars, animals, and trains. He and his Mom go to work everyday at the Friends School of Portland, a Quaker day-school on Mackworth Island. Clint rows and sails extensively on Casco Bay.
If you've read all this, thank you and feel free to contact me with questions or comments
Getting the kids out there, nothing more important!
photos by Daniel Olds, Blackstrap Studio