Eric Dow


Eric Dow was brought up a Maine fisherman, but pursued boatbuilding “as a means of being able to sleep later in the morning.” He graduated from the marine department at Washington County Vocational Technical Institute, and for over 35 years he has been building boats in Brooklin, Maine. He built all of the half models which are on display at our WoodenBoat Store, and September in Brooklin means he's at our School, teaching a SRO (okay, so class size is actually limited, but it never fails to fill...) course on half-hull modeling. He was intimately involved with the development of the Nutshell Pram kits, and he and his crew have likely built more of the Haven 12½ designed by Joel White than anyone else on the planet. Eric has contributed many articles to WoodenBoat magazine on half-models as well as boatbuilding, and he's the author of How to Build the Shellback Dinghy, published by WoodenBoat Books.