In the foreground are two ama for a trimaran build, the largest objects in this bay by far, but this room is spiritually dominated by a collection of wooden Peapods, traditionally built.
This peapod in particular, caught my eye as the one with the most workmanlike finish, clean and minimal.
The Landing School today is a diverse institution , offering instruction in traditional wooden construction, composite construction and marine systems.
Clint Chase, boatbuilder
Clint’s Drake at the WoodenBoat Fest in Mystic, where the boat took top honors
in the Concours d’Elegance for the Man Powered Professional Class
Clint likes to build 1/4 models of anything he’s about to build,
this is his own design, the Deblois Street Dory
I recently made good a brief but pleasant escape to Maine last week. I was able to visit a couple of boatbuilders, very different, and visit friends and some old haunts.
First up in the visits was a long overdue stop at the Landing School in Arundel ME. I’ve been a fan and for decades and have seen this school progress from humble beginnings in a cow barn to the successful enterprise it is today. I checked in at the office and was given free reign to explore the school, and the fact that the school was on break meant I could wander around and poke into anything that interested me without disrupting students or classes. There was lots to investigate, as you can see. The Landing School now offers a breadth of learning not commonly found, and includes instruction in design, wooden and composite boatbuilding, and marine systems. For an education in small boats, this looks like the place to be, with ample and sumptuous facilities. Naturally I was taken by the sweet little peapods they offer, but equally impressed by their other production boats, in particular a very up to date racing class boat, the LandingSchool 20 and their center console power craft, the Flyfisher. If youre looking for education as a boat builder, designer or systems expert, I doubt you’d go wrong here.
Clint Chase is a paradox. He’s a fledgling professional builder who only put out his shingle last November, but who is an accomplished boatsmith and designer. He took the award for best human powered professional build with his beautiful Drake at the Concours D’Elegance at the WoodenBoat show art Mystic in 2009. I can attest to the impeccable finish and craftsmanship of this Norwegian Faering inspired design, and she sails as well. I had a little trouble tracking Clint down, and two visits to his house in Portland both resulted in my visiting the East End yacht basin in Portland, about ten minutes away. On the second visit I met briefly his charming other half, Ellie. I was about to leave the park/marina when I saw a lug rig headed into port. Intrigued, I hung out a little longer, and indeed it proved to be Clint and the owner/builder of the boat, a Michael Storer Goat Island Skiff. Christophe Matson turned out to be quite interesting as well, and Clint and Christophe were busy comparing note on the boats performance and setup with rather clumsy interjections by myself. We soon retired to Clint’s house where the conversation continued, and an inspection of Drake followed. Christophe the set out for his home inNH and Clint gave me a brief tour of his shop. Clint hopes to expand into a larger, more commercial space soon. He has connections for CNC cutting and is a huge proponent ofkit boats. He’s also the east coast agent for CNC kits for Francois Vivier!!
Clint, a graduate of the Landing School, is in my estimation a competent, passionate, committed young boatbuilder carving out his niche with elegance and attention.