Clint Chase is a former geologist, science teacher, meteorologist, and now small-boat designer and builder based in Saco, Maine. After a stint in college and high school teaching, he fused his education background with boatbuilding when he headed programs for the Compass Project in Portland, Maine. During that tenure he supervised and built over 100 small boats with kids and adults, witnessing every conceivable mistake a fledging boatbuilder could impart on their boat. (His favorite mantra is “always make new mistakes.”) Then, at the start of the 2008 economic slump, he did what any sane person would do: started his own boatbuilding and boat kit business! Currently, Clint runs his Chase Small Craft business making boat kits and building small boats. He avidly canoes, rows, and sails and spends as much time as possible with his wife and two kids.