The first boat I designed and made was inspired by kayaks: I lived in Missouri and wanted a boat that I could standup in and use a long double blade paddle when floating those slow flowing back country rivers. When I lived in Alaska I designed and built dories to be used by fishermen. In Port Townsend I designed the interiors for mega-yachts; I also built a double end, sliding seat rowing boat, and a pair of spruce oar for it, for my own use. Vixen was a total rebuild project, and Sockeye is a conversion from fishing boat to a cruiser.