Archive for July 7th, 2014

TPW TV: Boat Builder

Monday, July 7th, 2014

This is Passport to Texas

Houston architect Skip Johnson builds boats for fun.

10—However elegant and beautiful a boat looks, it looks that much better in the water gliding out in front of you; that’s their function in life.

And the boats he builds achieve their destinies. During a TPW PBS TV segment this week, he shows off his skills.

09— I came up with the idea of a kind of a semi jet drive. All of the sail fru-fra is stuff I’ve added just to play around with here recently.

While Skip builds boats for fun, he puts some through their paces in competitions like the annual Texas Junior Safari.

03—The boat did real well. It just needs a better motor.

In the end, Skip Johnson says building boats and entering competitions isn’t about winning prizes…it’s about beauty.

06— Just my personal opinion, but anyone that looks at one of these boats and doesn’t see beauty in it doesn’t have a soul.

[ 16—Start Lyle Lovett song: If I had a Boat]

The Boat Builder segment airs the week of July 13 on the Texas Parks and Wildlife PBS TV series. Check your local listings.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program supports our series…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.