View Full Version : Would a TV boatbuilding show succeed?

02-01-2005, 08:05 PM
On the homeshow thread it was mentioned that it would be nice to see a woodenboat building show.

That got me considering that type of show.

A lot of people watch cooking shows who think they may cook someday but don't, watch gardening shows but may never garden, watch woodworking shows but don't have a shop.
One about building boats might go over better than one would think.

Whats more romantic than thinking of building your own boat and sailing off into paradise?

It might work........ ya think?

02-01-2005, 08:27 PM
Maybe not on FTA, but on-line I'd say yes.

02-01-2005, 08:31 PM
FTA is....?

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
02-01-2005, 08:59 PM
If fishing shows can make it on TV, wooden boat building is a sure thing. ;)
There's plenty of suppliers(wood,paint,hardware,etc.) for sponsors.
I'm surprised no one's done it yet. :D

captain's gig
02-01-2005, 09:04 PM
Would it be some kind of 'phone in' TV show?

Dave Wright
02-01-2005, 09:22 PM
It's been done. Check out:


Dave Wright

02-01-2005, 09:27 PM
Did you see it Dave or anyone? Well done?
Website looks interesting but I didn't see current things.

Is it still in production?

John Bell
02-01-2005, 10:28 PM
I saw a couple episodes maybe 7 years ago. They were working on a Simmons Sea Skiff on one and building a Bolger Nymph on another. Not much building tho, at least not on camera. They had a number of featurettes about other homebuilt boats. The only one I recall now was a bit about an electric 23' Bolger Fantail launch, plans sold by our sponsors. I don't think they made more than a dozen episodes, and my local PBS affliate only carried three or four of them before the show dropped off in oblivion. It came on at odd hours, like 6:30 on Sunday mornings, which didn't help it's veiwership at all.

02-01-2005, 10:32 PM
Sorry Alteran, free-to -air tv

imported_Steven Bauer
02-02-2005, 12:14 AM
One of my first posts here on the forum was about that TV show (my original member number was 1053). There weren't many responces and I wondered why. Then a few weeks later I was poking around in the archives and saw that there was a thread a few months earlier that covered the topic pretty thoroughly. The oldtimers were making fun of the host getting sided and molded mixed up when he was talking about frames. I liked the show, but I only saw a few episodes. They did the electric trolling motor mounted to a rudder, worked slick.


[ 02-02-2005, 12:16 AM: Message edited by: Steven Bauer ]

02-02-2005, 12:20 AM
Originally posted by skuthorp:
Sorry Alteran, free-to -air tvDoes that mean TV you can pick up at no charge with an antenna instead of a fee for service product like cable or satellite?

Andrew Craig-Bennett
02-02-2005, 06:08 AM
Yes; big subject these days. Free To Air depends on advertising for its income, so it has to be pretty "mainstream" to get enough viewers so the ad agencies are interested in buying air time.

Cable and satellite can do more specialist stuff.

02-02-2005, 08:16 AM
I think the numbers of TV viewers who own their own homes and fix (or dream of fixing) up things around the house or make furniture in a home workshop, or fish (re: fishing shows) are huge compared to those who would be attracted to a wood boatbuilding show. The ad budgets of fishing-related companies and home furnishers are significantly larger than any wood boat suppliers.

I would be interested to hear from someone at WB about whether our hosts have investigated doing some kind of show. I imagine they have and found it to be uneconomic.

02-03-2005, 04:53 AM
It would darn sure work at my house. I would love it. Hell, I sit around and watch This Old House episodes that I've seen ten times already, why wouldn't I watch a boat show?

The show that Robert Urich did on PBS had some good episodes and some not-so-good. They moved around an awful lot as if the producer didn't think that the usual mundane chores of boatbuilding would interest anyone. They interest me, that's for sure.

It's coming. If they'll dedicate a whole network to playing freakin' golf then surely a once-a-week program on boatbuilding could garner some interest.

Mickey Lake

02-03-2005, 10:05 AM
A few years ago I watched Norm Abrams build a small daysailor on a 2 part New Yankee Workshop show. He showed all the details of building including mixing the epoxy. I thought it was pretty neat.


Wild Dingo
02-03-2005, 10:20 AM
Man! Im still waitin an hangin out to see that "Red Green" show fer cripes sake an yer talkin about a boat buildin show???

That would be cool as!!! :cool:

Surely from within the WBF membership we could get this on the road? could even have world wide imput!! Amazin boats from Nam an beyond... do a feature on Canadas blindingly brilliant Paul Gartsides and the master of naval archeticture Mr Michael Mason then over to Germany for a segment on the Rum Regatta and boatbuilin with {suitable subtitles of course} jumpt to England for a story on the Pilot boats and the canal boats flip to the states for a story or two on schooners an windjammers maybe a feature on ol Bill Peterson and his dad... flip downunder for a feature on the Pearl Luggars and the couter boats... man it would be great! And of course a building segment every week on some fine wee boat that anyone could build... mmmm maybe our hosts would be interested Scoty? Matt? anyone home up there???

A feature story on Pheonix, Victorious or Sarah would be awesome! :cool: BRING IT ON!!! :cool:

Damn that would be great!