Festival Boats 2017

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Boats are listed in alphabetical order.

Admirals Barge Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Admiral’s Barge
Year Built: Unknown
Owner: Michael Moenig
Designer: Bill Garden
Design: Port Madison Pram
Type: Sloop
This boat has been in the family for decades. It sailed the waters of Lake Washington for decades, being owned by an infamous Boeing aircraft engineer. Later its ownership passed on and spent decades unused and in dry storage. In 2014 it was hauled out of storage and given a new lease on life with a complete repaint, fiberglass restoration, and replacement hardware. Some strategic upgrades such as a British Seagull outboard and modern rigging touches enable confident salt-water sailing in the waters of Discovery Bay.

Following the 2014 repaint in flag blue, she was christened Admiral’s Barge as an homage to the former owner’s US Navy career, and its resemblance to the color scheme of Admirals’ tenders used by the US Navy. She sails beautifully in local salt waters, high freeboard, shallow draft and stout construction gives confidence and comfort in light swells. She seems to sail best with 2-3 people aboard and is a pleasant cruiser in most any conditions. Easily rigged, launched, and retrieved on unimproved ramps. She is towed well by a 1971 Holsclaw tilt-trailer, making easy work of launching into some of the desirable yet primitive Puget Sound launches.

Debuted at Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in 2016.

Name: Adventuress
Year Built: 1913
Owner: Schooner Adventuress Sound Experience
Designer: B.B. Crowninshield
Design: One-off
Type: Schooner
Description: Sound Experience sails the historic schooner Adventuress to educate, inspire, and empower an inclusive community that works to improve our marine environment and celebrates our maritime heritage. Since her launch in E. Boothbay, Maine, in 1913, the B.B. Crowninshield-designed schooner has traveled the Strait of Magellan and the Bering Sea on an arctic expedition for naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews; served as a Bar Pilot vessel off of San Francisco; patrolled the west coast during World War II; and trained young sailors in seamanship skills in Seattle with Youth Adventure. Adventuress has sailed on the waters of Puget Sound for almost three decades under the stewardship of nonprofit Sound Experience, offering hands-on environmental education and leadership development to thousands of young people annually and partnering with youth-serving organizations to reach at-risk kids. Sound Experience offers programs for all ages and backgrounds and takes pride in providing many levels of training opportunities for volunteer and paid crew. Adventuress is a National Historic Landmark officially recognized as “Puget Sound’s Environmental Tall Ship.”

Name: Ariel of Victoria
Year Built: 1972
Owner: Christine Scoggins Granquist
Designer: Fred Peterson
Design: One-off
Type: Ketch
Description: Ariel of Victoria was built outside of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island from 1972 to 1980 by Ron Hunt and Fred Peterson at Fred Peterson’s yard. Her hull is 8 quarter Alaskan Yellow Cedar on oak frames and her deck was originally Western Red Cedar 2x4s. Owned and sailed by the Bond family of Victoria for 25 years, the current owners purchased her in 2009 and brought her to the US. Over the last eight years, we have undergone a significant restoration in two phases, the most recent finishing this summer. Recent work includes new deck, cabin, cabintop, bulwarks, cockpit, hull faired, re-corked and puttied, and stern carving restored. Previous work includes significant replanting and redecking, new bowsprit, new head, new galley, new electrical system, new water system, new fuel system, new steering system, masts repaired, new windlass and ground tackle/anchoring system, and engine rebuilt. We’ve also filled two logbooks sailing as far as Desolation Sound, but mostly Salish Sea generally. Ariel of Victoria has also won her class every year she has participated in Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s Race Your House race and has participated in many other regional races. She is our home and favorite place to be.

Name: Bimi
Year Built: 1955
Owner: Douglas MacLachlan
Designer: Christian Noorgaard & Basil Knauth
Design: One-off
Type: Ketch
Description: Bimi is a custom gaff-ketch sailboat that has been in our family for over 60 years. She was designed by Basil Knauth & Christian Norgaard, with extensive modifications designed by Scott Rohrer. Originally built by Nunes Bros. and launched December 17, 1955 in Sausalito, California, Bimi was brought to the Pacific Northwest in 1984, where she was substantially modified (at CSR Marine) with new cabin top, inboard engine, heater, and (flushing!) head. Recent additions have been autopilot (nicknamed ‘Basil’ after Bimi’s first owner, Natalie MacLachlan’s father), GPS, AIS, and radar.

Bimi’s broad beam (14.5 feet), shallow draft (with centerboard up she draws only 2 feet), and traditional (for her) red and yellow sails, make her well-noticed and well-known in both the SF Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest. She is 32 feet long on deck and about 45 feet overall, with bowsprit and boomkin.

When in the Bay Area, Bimi did well racing in the annual Master Mariners Regatta (taking overall first-place honors in 1970 despite a broken mizzen mast!). She is mostly used for cruising and partying these days, but otherwise resides at our home in Kenmore on Lake Washington. Bimi has been exhibited at Seattle’s Wooden Boat Festival, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, and Victoria BC’s Classic Boat Festival. Bimi’s name comes from a monkey (actually an orangutan) in a Kipling short story.

Bright Star Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Bright Star
Year Built: 2006
Owner: Ray Brown and Anne Thompson
Designer: Renn Tolman
Design: Tolman Alaskan Skiff Jumbo 24
Type: Power
Description: “Bright Star is from a design by Renn Tolman of Homer, Alaska. The Alaskan Skiffs were meant for rough waters, and have been customized to be just what the builders want in a boat. Tolman boats began as open skiffs, primarily for fishing. Renn’s basic design evolved, and a few have been built at 26′. Most of the cabin boats are 22′-24′ long, and have been home-built by the people who plan to use them.

Our boat is a Jumbo 24. It is a plywood “”stitch-and-glue”” wooden boat, customized as a cabin cruiser for cruising and fishing. The boat has a Cummins diesel MerCruiser 1.7L, 120hp, inboard/outboard. Cruising speed is 18 knots and cruising weight is 3800 pounds. The boat is light for its size, gets great fuel economy, and is easy to tow. Cabin heat while underway has extended the cruising season in the Pacific Northwest, for early season fishing and fall cruising.

As we explore the rivers and salt water of the Pacific NW, we continue to refine both the boat and our ideas of what we need, adding things for safety, and comfort. For cruising, we have a swim platform. For safety, radar was added. For cool weather, there is a “”red dot”” heater, which works while underway. Helpful equipment includes a crab-puller/davits set-up, for easier stowing of the inflatable dinghy and our new electric auxiliary motor. We have added more solar panels to up the energy efficiency.

Local area cruising has been in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, but we have more miles under our keel in salt water. Having a trailerable boat allows us freedom to easily go farther, and to enjoy salt water cruising in Washington and BC. We’ve explored the South Sound area between Olympia and Seattle, and spent time in the San Juans, Gulf Islands and beyond. Pre-Festival, we like being in Deer Harbor for the Wooden Boat Rendezvous. Post-Festival cruises with some excitement include the Broughton Archipelago, off the far end of Vancouver Island. For the Broughtons, Bright Star crossed to Victoria on board the ferry Coho, and was hauled to Port McNeil, for launching. Another cruise’ up the “”outside”” of Vancouver Island saw Bright Star make it almost to the Brooks Peninsula.

Future cruising plans include the Delta out of San Francisco, the Great Loop on the east coast, and taking this Alaskan Skiff up to Alaska.”

Name: Caledonia
Year Built: 1972
Owner: Joseph Guillien
Designer: Unknown
Design: Grand Banks 32
Type: Power
Description: Sometimes you pick the boat, and sometimes the boat picks you. Port Ludlow resident Joseph Guillien showed up to look at a wooden boat and found it was sold the day before. As luck would have it, a similar boat was tied up to the dock with a for sale sign on it. As the vessel name came into view, Joseph did a double take. It was the same name as the tiny Minnesota farm-town that he was born in, Caledonia. This 32 foot wooden Grand Banks was the exact model he had been searching for and was already named perfectly for him. The boat followed him home that day and he has been painstakingly bringing it back to perfect condition ever since. Hull number 310 launched in 1972, the year Josephs first child was born, is one of the last wooden 32 Grand Banks every built. This legendary model brought the 8-knot trawler concept to the masses in cruising grounds around the world. Caledonia is the perfect blend of original right down to the 45 year-old Ford Lehmans motor that’s still pushing strong, combined with meticulous restoration making it look like new. The boat has benefitted over the last 5 years from a perfectionist owner and the shipwrights and wisemen of Port Haven. If you want to see what a Grand Banks looked like in 1972, this is your chance. Caledonia is an active member of the Port Ludlow Yacht Club and spends months each year cruising the Salish Sea.

Ceridwen Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Caridwen
Year Built: 1994
Owner: Matt and Stephanie McCleary
Designer: Atkins
Design: Maid of Kent
Type: Schooner
Description: Ceridwen was lofted in the fall of 1982 at Magner and Sons Boatworks by John and Kevin Magner and Matt McCleary. Matt continued on with the building project along with his wife Stephanie. Ceridwen has a lead keel and steam bent oak frames. Ceridwen was launched in 1994 in Port Angeles, Washington and made her maiden voyage in 1996 to her home in Port Hadlock. Ceridwen was recently featured in Wooden Boat Magazine in January 2017.

Name: Chesuki
Year Built: 1986
Owner: David Smith
Designer: Charles Mower
Design: Massachusetts racing dory or x-dory
Type: Sloop
Description: Chesuki’s design is in “The Dory Book” by John Gardner, from which I traditionally built her of fragrant Port Orford cedar and Oregon white oak. The building of her was quite enjoyable, with just a couple of heart ache mistakes easily remedied thanks to miraculous epoxy, after 3 years the anticipation of her use made the launching a real celebration! I did mess up on the waterline another heartache but soon repainted. The rather large racing sail was adopted to a gunter rig with a curved spar and cream colored sails for beauty (well after a few corrections) and a lively feel with the fun of handling a more challenging rig. We camp cruised the San Juans and Gulf Islands regularly in the late 80’s and 90’s when people were more forgiving and shared their beaches with us, well we were prettier back then too!

Compadre Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Compadre
Year Built: 1929
Owner: Rick Randall
Designer: Stephens Brothers
Design: Stephens 43
Type: Power
Description: Compadre is a 43-foot bridge-deck cruiser built in 1929. She is one of three yachts built to this basic design by Stevens Brothers in Stockton, California. Her hull is Port Orford cedar on white oak frames, and her house is solid teak. She was originally powered by twin 6-cylinder Lathrop Mystic gasoline engines and was recently repowered with twin 80hp Yanmar diesels. Her interior layout and cabinetry are nearly all original. She was built for Mr. Leland Adams of San Francisco, a vice-president of Leslie Salt Co. She spent many years cruising the sheltered waters of San Francisco Bay and the San Juaquin River delta. She relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2007. Compadre is her original name.

Name: Corsair II
Year Built: 1926
Owner: Robert & Sally Bryan
Designer: Coolidge
Design: One-off
Type: Power
Description: In 2011 “Corsair II” was visited by Frank Jacobs, the original owner’s grandnephew. He shared stories of adventures in the 1920’s. We learned that she and Jacobs had been commissioned by the federal government to do mapping work in Alaska. It brought dimension to a vintage photo we have of fur coated men with rifles and women on the bow. Another photo shows the hull scraped up rather badly. We learned that she had been sucked into a fish weir by a strong current, but escaped when the current abated to go on without the need of repairs.

Daddy's Third Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Daddy’s Third
Year Built: 2013
Owner: Thomas Hruby
Designer: Lucky Pierre
Design: Glen-L
Type: Electric solar
Description: I built my first St. Pierre Dory 21 years ago and decided to go all electric when I found out they needed to be heavily ballasted. At that time steel nails were $0.50/lb and batteries were $1.00/lb. The choice was obvious. My third version of the Glen-L Lucky Pierre is powered by two 36 volt trolling motors that can get it up to hull speed (5.2 knots) without a problem. Originally I used 12 golf cart batteries (6 per motor) and had a range of 20 nautical miles. When I switched to lithium batteries that fit in the same battery boxes my range jumped to 50 nautical miles. Two years ago I added solar panels that will extend my range. In direct sunlight they will power the boat at 2.8 knots, and it takes 4 hrs of sunlight to get 1 hr of cruising at hull speed. This is the perfect boat for cruising in Puget Sound; safe, quiet, and a great conversation starter. Our first visit to the Festival was last year and we really enjoyed it, so we want to come back!

Name: Defiance
Year Built: 1986
Owner: Jean Brittingham
Designer: Unknown
Design: One-off
Type: Power
Description: This sweet custom Tugboat was built on a Clipper Craft dory body built in Portland, OR in 1986. She fell into our lap as another “free kitten” and is the third boat we have restored and the second wooden boat. She has many custom features, lots of brass and a beautiful line. We are especially excited for our grandkids to enjoy this fun boat when they visit us in Port Ludlow. She is currently still under restoration at the WBC but will be ready and beautiful by the WBF. We are so excited to share her with the community.

Name: Ebbtide
Year Built: 1972
Owner: Bob Cofer
Designer: Ken Smith
Design: Grand Banks 32
Type: Power
Description: A 32′ customized for Puget Sound cruising. Flybridge removed and a new roof built in its place, mast and boom removed, solar panels installed on the new roof. Hardtop cockpit cover integrated into new roof. New dashboard designed and all instrumentation now shown through chart plotters. Propane fireplace installed in salon. Ironwood band installed along waterline for ice protection.

Name: Ellie J
Year Built: 2017
Owner: Denis Dignan
Designer: Arch Davis
Design: Unknown
Type: Power

Emily Ruth Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Emily Ruth
Year Built: 2015
Owner: Jeff Patrick
Designer: John Brooks
Design: Somes Sound
Type: Sloop
Description: Emily Ruth is a Somes Sound 12-1/2’. Designed by John Brooks, the SS is derived from the well known Herreshoff and Haven 12-1/2’s. Unlike those boats, she is glued lapstrake construction using occume plywood. The transom, coaming, rails, and other trim are sapele. Secondary and tertiary woods are black locust and Douglas fir, both logged from damaged trees on Bainbridge Island. All structural hull fasteners are silicon bronze. She has a 585-pound lead keel. I built her over a period of 16 months at my home on Bainbridge Island. She was finished in the summer of 2015.

I chose the Somes Sound primarily because of her sailing characteristics. Like her predecessors, her displacement hull and ample lead ballast is designed to give an easy motion and comfortable ride. With ample sail area to move in light conditions, she is not easily overpowered when the wind kicks up. The H 12-1/2 was dubbed the “Buzzards Bay Boy’s Boat” by her designer and was used a sailing trainer by many families. While my days of boyhood have long since passed over the horizon, I figured that if a boat of this character was good for kids, it would be good for an older “kid”, too. As a first time boat builder I liked the design package put together by Brooks’ Boat Designs. There are full size plans for all the major parts, fully detailed cross sections, and even designs for the building jigs. The plans come with a nearly step-by-step set of instructions that allow the novice builder to proceed with the build in a logical order. Additionally, and not insignificantly, I think the Somes Sound is drop dead gorgeous.

I keep Emily Ruth on a mooring at my home but she can be easily towed and readily launched from her custom trailer. Her mast, being birdsmouth construction, is lightweight and can be stepped single-handed. I enjoy sailing alone and do so most of the time. She also accommodates a modest crew and has comfortable seating. Her canted coaming offers a quite comfortable back-rest. I enjoy tinkering with Emily Ruth’s rig and maintaining her. I seem to be forever looking for bits of hardware to add and methods to improve safety and ease of handling. Although her modest waterline naturally limits her speed, I’m not in a hurry. And I’ve a comfortable boat to be “stuck” on.

The name, Emily Ruth, is a collaborative effort by my wife Chris, and myself. Emily was Chris’ mom, and Ruth was mine. It seemed only fitting that our boat be named after these two beautiful, kind, intelligent women who were not shy about their desires for a good time.

Name: Festina Lente
Year Built: 2016
Owner: Frank Ward
Designer: Chesapeake Light Craft; Frank Ward
Design: Annapolis Tandem Wherry
Type: Row
Description: This is a striking example of taking a classic boat design and applying custom features to keep the weight quite manageable yet balancing the variety of complementing woods to produce a very efficient and beautiful boat. While a relatively new construction, this boat can be seen frequently being rowed in the Port Townsend Bay, home of the owner/builder. This is a very stable and seaworthy boat that is rowed when waters are too rough for a rowing scull.

Glencannon Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Glencannon
Year Built: 1974
Owner: Bo Neill
Designer: Calkins
Design: Bartender
Type: Power
Description: I purchased Glencannon in 2007 after she had lain in a warehouse for almost 30 years. Her hull was built in 1974 by a yard in Newport Oregon that built Bartenders under license. She was roughly finished out by subsequent owners and was used for sport fishing out of Garibaldi Oregon for about 10 years before she was put away in the warehouse. I purchased her with the intent of refurbishing her primarily for cruising. Typically the project expanded as the time went by. After 6 years working on her at my home in Portland the project stalled. I then enlisted the help of my long time friend and master shipwright Robert d’Arcy to guide me. I rented space in the Schooner Martha Foundation shop for 2 years. I commuted to PT 2-4 weekends a month for the next 2 years. I spent the first year doing a great deal of grunt work under Roberts able guidance which most importantly included formulating a plan. The final year I hired incredibly skilled PT shipwrights Doug Jones, Tupper Kays, Elvon Douglas, Jason Bledsoe and Jennifer Grod to take me to the finish line. They and the many member business’ of the PT Marine Trades Assn. helped me create the beautiful small cruiser named Glencannon.

Name: Glorybe
Year Built: 1914
Owner: Betsy Davis
Designer: Unknown
Design: Raised Deck Cruiser
Type: Power
Description: Glorybe was built in 1914 in a boatyard on Vashon Island owned by Charlie Taylor and Lewis Lee Grandy, the latter having started as an apprentice to Taylor. The yard was primarily turning out sailboats at the time, but also turned out a new style of power boat which was a precursor to the Lake Union Dreamboat and the Blanchard raised deck cruisers. Two of Grandy’s sons (Earl and Bill) went on to establish “Grandy Boatworks” on Seattle’s Lake Union in 1927. There were four boats like GLORYBE built by the Taylor-Grandy yard. In January 2002 GLORYBE was nearly destroyed in a marina fire where she was moored. She was restored as part of the curriculum of the Marine Carpentry program at Seattle Central Community College where the owner was a student. She relaunched in June 2005.

Name: Heather
Year Built: 1937
Owner: Jack Stewart
Designer: Charles Bailey
Design: One-off
Type: Cutter
Description: Heather was built in Aukland NZ from native Kauri wood. In the 1960s she completed a solo crewed circumnavigation starting in Cape Town, South Africa. She was sailed to Hawaii, then sold and sailed to Port Townsend. The interior and cabin house were rebuilt by the Wooden Boat School. The current owners put heather on the hard for rot repairs to the deck, and a whole lot of fresh paint. She is in excellent condition for her age and has many voyages ahead.

Name: Hiyu
Year Built: 2011
Owner: Clayton Wright
Designer: Harry Bryan
Design: Fiddlehead
Type: Pedal Propeller
Description: Hiyu is a 10’6” version of Harry Bryan’s Fiddlehead design, referred to as a “decked canoe.” Okoume plywood was used throughout the construction with the exception of the bottom planking. The vessel is designed to be paddled like a kayak. I developed the pedal drive utilizing a 10” primary pulley and two idler pulleys to redirect the v-belt to the bottom of the boat. The belt twists from vertical to horizontal as it approaches a 2” secondary pulley. Final drive is through an old outboard motor gearbox, turned backwards so the original propeller shaft is receiving the input, and vice-versa, in order to step up the propeller speed. The drive ratio is 1:11, so 50 rpm pedal speed produces 550 rpm at the propeller. Steering is accomplished using a joystick which actuates a rudder via drag link and bellcrank. Hiyu is a joy to knock around in and runs just like an inboard motorboat, without the stink and noise. She has all the bad features as well, such as she can’t be beached, can’t turn in reverse and the mere sight of weeds fouls the prop.

Name: Holiday
Year Built: 1946
Owner: Dan Bartlett
Designer: Ed Monk Sr
Design: Double-Ender
Type: Power
Description: My grandfather Rex Bartlett commissioned Ed Monk Sr. to design her and was built on Seattle’s Lake Union by the Edison Technical School. Jim Chambers who ran the school along with Earl Wakefield and Vic Franck worked on building her. I grew up on the boat and later helped “Gramps” maintain her taking ownership in 1985. “Holiday” has not required restoration and has been maintained in her original configuration. She still has her original canvas decks and varnished Grandy lap strake dingy stored on the galley deck which was given to my Grandfather as gift from the school for the volunteer work he did there. In the early days my Grandmother Verda wrote articles about their trips for Sea and Motor Boat magazines.

Name: Ibis
Year Built: 1988
Owner: Timothy Carman
Designer: Sam Devlin
Design: Black Crown
Type: Power
Description: Ibis is a Devlin-built Black Crown sedan trawler. Her cozy heated cabin and diesel power make her ideal for long weekends on the Sound and the Columbia River. We purchased her in Port Townsend in 2015 and subsequently moved her to a boathouse at the Portland Yacht Club. A custom-built trailer allows us to travel north for summer cruising, Due to the excellent care she has received from her previous owners, we have only needed to repaint and varnish, and keep up with regular maintenance items. Ibis is like a fine little pocket watch…she exhibits a great deal of very satisfying Devlin craftsmanship in a small package.

Name: Ichi
Year Built: 1986
Owner: Finn McClure
Designer: E.I. Schock
Design: New Haven Oyster Sharpie
Type: Ketch
Description: Ichi is a New Haven Oyster Sharpie. She is 16 ft and her beam is 5ft. She was built in 1986 at the Sound School in New Haven, CT and named Number One. She was designed by E.I Schock, Mystic Seaport Marine Historical Association. Erik Brown restored her in 2006 and brought the boat to Olympia. He gifted her to Finn McClure, a former sailing student of his in January of 2016. The stem had completely rotted away and the varnish and paint had peeled off. The caulking had also come out. Finn, with the help of his father, repainted and re-varnished the boat, made a new stem, and re-caulked the hull and the deck. The boat was rechristened Ichi. She was re-launched on the First Day of Summer, 2016 in Olympia, Washington where she now sails in Budd Inlet.

Name: Island Spirit
Year Built: 2000
Owner: Jim Griffing
Designer: Devlin
Design: Surf Scoter
Type: Power
Description: 22′ Devlin Surf Scoter built by the owner in his two car garage using the “stitch and glue” method. I started building the boat when my son was three months old and launched her when he was five years old. My family of three cruised Island Spirit all over the Salish Sea from Olympia to the Broughton Archipelago (the boat seemed to get smaller and smaller as my son got older!). We fish from her, dive from her, swim from her (there are a few warm bays around here), and often just hang out on her taking in the scenery or watching the wildlife.

Name: Isobar
Year Built: 1962
Owner: Robert & Jessica Hickey
Designer: Don Harlander
Design: One-off
Type: Sloop
Description: Spanning more than half a century, the story of Isobar encompasses nearly 30 countries and many, many dozens of crew, but only 4 owners. Along the way there were also several romances, a marriage, a honeymoon, domestic and international racing, global cruising with wandering yachties, encounters with foreign navies, 3 refits, 2 engines, 1 rescue at sea and countless adventures and stories.

In July of 1961, a pair of brothers and avid sailors from the San Francisco Bay Area found themselves in the middle of their first TransPac sailing race from San Pedro California to Honolulu Hawaii. Sailing the 2,225 nautical mile course aboard the 39’ yawl Tyboon (which they had built themselves in the backyard of their Orinda home), Don and Les Harlander were gradually becoming aware of two things: Their next boat would be a simpler and more efficient sloop rig, and deriving from a meteorological term they were seeing on the daily weather maps, her name would be “Isobar”.

Built in 1962 at the renowned Cheoy Lee Shipyard in Hong Kong, Isobar is a 45’ LOA full-keel sloop with a 12’ maximum beam and a 28,000 lb. displacement. Her original design was a monocoque wineglass hull of strip-planked Philippine mahogany, spacious teak decks and a counter stern. She sports a low aspect mainsail rig (48’ deck-stepped mast with a 22’ spar) built for the largely downwind run of the TransPac. While she is a custom design lofted by Les (a naval architect by trade), her lines take inspiration from the big Sparkman & Stevens designs — most noticeably the 52’ yawl Dorade. As a mechanical engineer, Don designed the fittings and systems.

Jaunty Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Jaunty
Year Built: 2010
Owner: Richard Green
Designer: Envisioned by self
Design: Based somewhat on Great Pelican design
Type: Power
Description: Jaunty was envisioned as a slow (sailing speed) camp cruiser for an older captain. The beamy flat bottom hull with flared sides has commodious storage below, easy access through a large forecabin hatch to work the anchor gear and mooring lines on the foredeck while safely standing inside the cabin. He has two long bunks below with foam cushions and Sunbrella upholstery, a single burner Origo galley stove and pull out drawer washtub sink. A porta potty can slide under the bridge deck behind the cabin step for storage. And with 12 gallons of water in two custom tanks and substantial storage below a week long voyage or even two is not out of the question.
Jaunty has a 75w solar system with controller feeding start and house batteries, LED lighting below, and running lights for night time underway. There are two anchors on board, the primary being a 15lb Mantis Supreme with 25′ of 1/4″ chain and 250′ of 8 plait rode in case a deep water anchoring is necessary. Additionally, he has a lightweight Danforth style with shorter rode for a stern hook. The 8 hp Honda electric start XL shaft outboard has proven to be a reliable and fuel sipping motor and Jaunty runs best at around 4.5 to 5 mph cruising speed at quarter throttle. A full cockpit bimini keeps off sun and rain for all weather camp cruising. Jaunty has twin skegs aft and a shallow keel forward 2″ deep by 5′ long with bronze shoe for excellent directional stability underway. Handling the helm in cross seas is solid and easy on the helmsperson sitting in the comfortable Bentley captain’s chair with armrests. Jaunty can sit flat on the bottom while the tide goes out and returns. Quality materials and quality gear have gone into making Jaunty a quality camp cruiser for ease of handling underway, comfort below as can be found in sixteen feet of boat, ease of anchoring, and always with safety in mind.

Name: Jean Alden
Year Built: 2000
Owner: Mike Higgins
Designer: Mike Higgins
Design: One-off
Type: Other
Description: Jean Alden uses the traditional catboat configuration to achieve the objectives of a weatherly pocket cruiser that maximize my available shop space while still fitting on a trailer. Mostly I built “by eye” with little attempt to follow a plan other than to steal some hull sections from Phil Bolger’s twelve foot Bobcat. My shop is large enough for a fourteen foot hull, so I scaled up Bolger’s design by two feet. I also wanted a traditional tumble home bow and a small cabin. This required changes to the forward hull sections and a different deck layout.

Construction is basic stitch-and-glue using mostly 9mm Okoume plywood. The deck and coach top are straight grained Douglas Fir laminated over 6mm plywood. The cabin sides and coaming are ¾ inch tongue and grove staves capped by an Iroko rail. All three spars are hollow, assembled using birds-mouth joints, and stuffed with aluminum foil to reflect Radar. The sail plan is adapted from the Breck Marshall – a Crosby catboat in the Mystic Seaport collection. I made the original sail one Christmas vacation using a conference room at my job for a sail loft. For luck I put 150 pounds of lead in the bilge.

The three-year project ended with her launching in 2000. The result is a sweet sailing pocket cruiser that has brought our family much joy and satisfaction.

Joshua Wooden Boat Festival 2017

Name: Joshua
Year Built: 1980
Owner: Bill Harpster
Designer: Unknown
Design: Historical replica of the Spray
Type: Yawl
Description: JOSHUA is an historical replica of the Spray, which is the first boat to be solo-circumnavigated around the world in 1895-1898. The hull and deck of JOSHUA was built in San Leandro, CA by Bill Elliott of Pacific Bay Ship and Yacht with owner Bill Harpster participating in the build. After launch in 1980, Harpster completed the build of the two houses, rigging and hand work for all sails. In 1982, JOSHUA had it’s maiden voyage on San Francisco Bay.

Name: Kala Lua
Year Built: 2011
Owner: Dave Burright
Designer: George Calkins
Design: Bartender
Type: Power
Description: Kala Lua is a 2011 26-foot Bartender cruising sport boat, designed by legendary designer George Calkins and built with care over the course of 6-1/2 years by an experienced craftsman. Although officially registered as a 2011 model year, the boat was not christened and put into service until 2012. The Bartender double-ender design was developed by Mr. Calkins on the central Oregon coast and earned its fame as a versatile configuration that is at home in a variety of situations, whether crossing river bars, powering through lakes and rivers, cruising the San Juan Islands, or taking fishermen safely on the sea. This design is known for its exceptional seaworthiness and has been used by the U.S. Coast Guard, Australian Surf Patrol and many commercial fishermen as well as sport hobbyists.

There are several Bartender variations, and this model is the cruising hull, which has a full 8-1/2′ beam and slightly more freeboard than the 26′ sport model. No expense was spared in the construction and outfitting of this vessel, and it is in excellent condition with less than 225 hours on its 330 HP Crusader gas engine. Leisurely cruise along slowly trolling for salmon, or kick it up on plane at up to 30 kts – this boat can do it all. The boat also tows easily on its accompanying trailer. It was one of the featured boats in the “Launchings” section of the WoodenBoat Magazine 2013 special edition titled, “Motor Boats: A World of Wooden Power Craft”.

Kala Lua and her customized trailer are currently for sale and this is a real opportunity for someone who wants a custom built capable boat. For a complete description of all its features, design and construction history and full photos, go to: www.cruisingbartender.weebly com. To contact the owner, call 541-619-8165.

Name: La Boheme
Year Built: 1939
Owner: Jeff Kelety
Designer: William Atkin
Design: Eric
Type: Sloop
Description: La Boheme is one in a series of William Atkin designed double-enders. This one is the Eric. Modeled after Norweigian rescue boats at the turn of the century, the Eric is said to be “the best boat for the worst weather”. La Boheme was built in 1938 out of Victoria, BC. She has plied the waters of the North West ever since. Constructed of Port Orford cedar on oak frames, she is stout, kindly and extremely comfortable as cruiser. We have sailed her extensively throughout the Gulf and San Juan Islands. In 1968, an Atkin Eric was the winner of the first non-stop, solo, round-the-world race. So we have come to feel quite at ease sailing La Boheme from pub to pub here in the San Juans.

Name: Lady Dianne
Year Built: 1966
Owner: Lee Hoffman
Designer: Monk
Design: Coho
Type: Power
Description: Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Western Red Cedar over White Oak frames. Construction began in 1966 at McQueen Boat Works in Vancouver, BC. The hull was completed and shipped overland to the Toronto Shipyards where the vessel was completed in 1969. During the completion in Toronto Mr. Edwin Monk Sr. stayed in contact as a consultant. The Carvel planks were miter cut with a cedar strip glued in then faired to smooth finish. The hull was built as a 48 footer and measures 52 feet overall when including overhangs and stern platform.

Edwin Monk Sr., among the most prolific and elite of naval architects, designed many recognizable and popular boats here in the Pacific Northwest. This McQueen’s Boat Works Coho 48 Pilothouse shows his practical design in a solid, dry and roomy vessel you could take to Alaska on the adventure of a lifetime, or on an overnight cruise with your local club. She is absolutely loaded with redundant navigation electronics, systems management panels, engine and mechanical spares and many other features. Plus she’s roomy and warm and comfortable like a home. Rebuilt engines with built-in copper containment pans beneath, batteries in lead lined boxes, and passive ventilation throughout are just some of the unique features this boat offers. Big, bright windows with easy access to all the exterior living spaces make this yacht very family friendly. And her pretty lines attract attention wherever she goes!”

Name: Lazy Jack
Year Built: 2006
Owner: John Kohnen
Designer: Karl Stambaugh
Design: Refwing 18
Type: Power
Description: Lazy Jack is a Chesapeake Bay style power skiff. Karl Stambaugh based the Redwing 18 design on Howard Chapelles’s Camp Skiff design from the 1940s, stretched half a foot and adapted to plywood construction. She is powered by a high-thrust 9.9 hp. outboard and cruises comfortably at a little over 5 knots, burning hardly any gas. She’s a good, relaxing motorboat for someone who likes sailboats. I haven’t had any exciting adventures in Lazy Jack, but that’s not the point. Lazy Jack was built by my friend Jim Cooper and first launched in 2006. I’ve owned her since 2011.

Name: Leslie Jean
Year Built: 2006
Owner: Karl Bischoff
Designer: John Gardner
Design: Whitehall 15
Type: Row
Description: Leslie Jean is a 15′ Whitehall that is a combination of many designs. Mostly the lines were taken from an article in National Fisherman Magazine from 1954 and 1977 as written by John Gardner. This was a learning project that took 10 years to complete. I would take a class and then go home and do that part of the project. Next up: a 30′ SUSAN schooner designed by Murray Peterson. The build is in the Georgetown area at BischoffBoatworks. Hull is complete and currently building the interior. See the project at bischoffboatworks.com.

Name: Lorraine
Year Built: 1959
Owner: Carol Hasse
Designer: Nordic Folkboat
Design: Nordic Folkboat
Type: Sloop
Description: Lorraine is a Nordic Folkboat built in Denmark in 1959. She was imported for racing in San Francisco Bay then trucked to the Northwest for cruising. I bought Lorraine (named after my mother) in 1979. Since then, Lorraine has taken me and my family to many of the Salish Sea’s most beautiful cruising grounds.

Port Townsend’s finest marine tradespeople are regularly engaged in Lorraine’s maintenance, including occasional retrofits and restoration. Their skill and artistry are evident in every detail from the practical and utilitarian to the shippy and aesthetic. A joy to sail, Lorraine answers her helm in light or heavy wind–a wonderful Salish Sea day sailor and cruiser!

Name: Marian II
Year Built: 1928
Owner: Diane Lander
Designer: Otis Cutting
Design: Lake Union Dreamboat
Type: Power
Description: The Marian II is a Lake Union Dreamboat built in Seattle at Lake Union Drydock Company in 1928. She was owned for years by Herb Cleaver who was one of the founders of the Classic Yacht Association. The boat was fully restored by Tim Ryan of CSR Marine in Seattle including the re-powering of the vessel with a diesel engine. The yacht started the tradition of boating to Husky football games. The current owner of the boat, Diane Lander, is an experienced classic yacht owner who owns MV Olympus, a 92′ yacht. This summer Diane is taking the Marian II to Desolation Sound with her two French Bulldogs and a crew of women friends.

Name: Marianita
Year Built: 2015
Owner: Steve Borgstrom
Designer: Iain Oughtred
Design: Eun Mara
Type: Yawl
Description: Marianita was built in in her owner/captain’s two-car garage/boatshop on Bainbridge Island over the course of about 3 years. As much of the work as possible was done “in-house” from casting custom bronze hardware to the 400 pound lead keel to sewing the sails from a kit. When not at the Festival she can be found sailing around Elliot Bay from her home port in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge.

Name: Martha
Year Built: 1907
Owner: Schooner Martha Foundation
Designer: B.B. Crowninshield
Design: One-off
Type: Schooner
Description: Martha was built for J.R. Hanify, the Commodore of the SanFrancisco Yacht Club in 1907 and named after J.R Hanify’s wife Martha Fitsmourice Hanify. She is now owned and operated by the Schooner Martha Foundation, a 501c3 non profit education organization and is primarily used for Youth and Family sail training programs. Martha has graced and raced the waters of the West Coast ranging from La Paz Mexico to Alaska and Hawaii. She recently 2014- 2015 sailed down the coast to SanFrancisco, San Diego, Baja Mexico, Raced Transpac to Hawaii and Sailed home for the 2015 Victoria Classic and Port Townsend Wooden Boat Shows. Martha is still raced competitively throughout the sailing season and has won 1st place at Swiftsure and Round the County numerous times.”

Name: Merry Wherry
Year Built: Unknown
Owner: Paul Guillien
Designer: Wayland Marine
Design: 19 foot rowing wherry
Type: Row
Description: Hand build with marine plywood using a Merry Wherry II Kit from Maryland Marine, this is a fun craft for recreational sculling in various conditions. This rowing wherry is set up with two Piantedos sliding row wings with Concept 2 carbon fiber oars which combine the latest in competitive rowing technology with a timeless classic wooden wherry design. A 45 year old father and 13 year-old son will be rowing this Merry Wherry to the event from Port Ludlow.

Name: Messenger 111
Year Built: 1947
Owner: William Noon
Designer: Barber
Design: One-off
Type: Power
Description: From 1947 to 1968, Messenger 111 served as a missionary vessel, bringing medical spiritual comfort to Vancouver Islands West Coat. She was featured in the book “Splendor from the Sea” and in 1954 Life Magazine. Messenger has served as a pleasure vessel since 1968. Her modern history includes the development of Scotty fishing products, including the SCOTTY Downrigger through the 1990’s. Messenger has undergone a slow but steady rebuild since 2001 by well known and respected shipwrights Ted Knowles of Victoria and Chris Earl of Gronlunds boatyard of Vancouver. Her propulsion is a Gardner 6LW, giving 7 knots at 1.5 Gallons per hour.

Name: Miss Mile-a-Minute
Year Built: 2014
Owner: Pete Harrington
Designer: Ken Bassett
Design: Rascal
Type: Power
Description: Home built by owner over a 4 year period, designed by Ken Bassett. She is a 14’10″” gentleman’s racer with a single cockpit aft, boasting a modern high performance hull – shallow dead rise incorporating a 12″” wide speed pad. Cold molded batten seam construction with mahogany and maple planking; all planks vacuum bagged, no staples. Power is a highly customized 1961 Mercury 800 FGS short shaft outboard. Modifications include a 1964 Mercury 1000 power head; solid state ignition using parts from late ’70’s to early ’90’s; flywheel, stator, end-caps and crankshaft from a 1968 Mercury 1000ss, main bearings pressed onto crankshaft, not into the end-caps. Tilt/trim is provided by a CMC-PT 130 unit controlled via blinker switch on steering wheel hub. All modern gauges including H2O pressure, volts, tachometer, GPS speedometer and fuel. 12 gallon fuel tank is aft of cockpit, positioned slightly to port to help balance boat.

She just touches 60mph measured via GPS, spinning a 24″” small eared chopper prop at 5600rpm. Very stable considering that only the last 12″” of hull are in water at speed.

Regularly used on Lake Crescent, WA, she excels at racing cars and log trucks along Highway 101!

Name: Mojo
Year Built: 2015
Owner: Mark Ramsby
Designer: Bieker Boats
Design: Port Townsend Skiff
Type: Power
Description: Mojo is an efficient, low power, center console skiff. Built as a stitch and glue, plywood kit from Port Townsend Watercraft, the builder included many solid wood upgrades to seat tops, coamings, rub rails and more. Powered by a fuel injected 20 HP Suzuki outboard, the boat is very fuel efficient while attaining a 20 knot top speed and a comfortable cruise at 12-16 knots. The design includes a sea water ballast tank that adds stability in rougher conditions. The seaworthy hull is efficiently driven by the fuel stingy outboard. To date, Mojo has operated at about .6 gallons per hour.

Name: Moondance
Year Built: 1973
Owner: Dana M. Lee
Designer: Kenneth Smith
Design: Grand Banks 36
Type: Power
Description: Most wooden Grand Banks, which we looked at among other boats, had similar issues: dry rot around the base of the windows, leaking decks, dry rot in the lazarette and transom, rusting tanks, dry rot on the fly bridge, leaking rear door and hatch: anywhere fresh water made a home. On our third trip to the PNW to see a highly recommended GB 36, a listing in Yachtworld caught my eye: a GB 36 with a practically new motor. How could that be? Lehman motors lasted thousands of hours. Intrigued, I added Moondance to my list of 6 boats. It was the second one we boarded and we were sold! She had been in the charter trade for ten years or more. In one of her charters, a plastic bag had been sucked up by the raw water intake. Deprived of cold water, the engine had overheated. The insurance company, instead of rebuilding the engine, replaced it with a new one. Being in charter meant that she was regularly maintained, cleaned, and inspected. Since my wife and I are not yet ready to make the permanent move to the PNW, we kept up the charter business. This way we get to enjoy her when we can and defray most of our expenses. It’s been a good move: beautiful boat, beautiful environs, wonderful people and rain.

Name: Mr. Mallard
Year Built: 1983
Owner: Tim Lemon
Designer: Sam Devlin
Design: Winter Wren
Type: Sloop
Description: Mr. Mallard is an original Devlin build restored after much neglect by the current owner. She was first launched on the day Sam Devlin’s oldest son was born. She enjoys engineless cruising around the Puget Sound as she is a very smart sailor.j

Name: Nevermore
Year Built: 1981
Owner: William Wolf
Designer: Howard Chapelle
Design: Little Cod
Type: Schooner
Description: The story of schooner Nevermore begins in the mid-1970’s when a young Canadian couple by the name of Ralph and Debbie Eastland decided to build a boat upon which to raise a family. As a skilled woodsman, Ralph set out into the forests of Quadra and Vancouver Islands, selecting and hand harvesting the timber from which he would build their dream ship. With a love and respect of classic yacht design, and a down to earth back woods frugality, Ralph sent $15 to the Smithsonian Institute’s registry of classic boats, and two weeks later received the full lines-drawing of Howard Chapelle’s renowned plans for Chesapeake Bay schooner, “Little Cod.” With plans in hand, Ralph spent much of the next seven years in a makeshift boat loft on the beach in the small town of Herriot Bay on Quadra Island where he patiently lofted and then constructed, frame by frame, plank by plank, the vessel that was to be named Nevermore. Why Nevermore? Legend has it that during the long British Columbia winters the main companions that Ralph would have in his boat loft were the ravens that would visit him there on a daily basis. As a man of letters as well as a man of woods, these dark denizens of the forest reminded him of the haunting phrase “Nevermore” from the Poe poem, The Raven, and since the future of his ship-to-be loomed mysteriously in the future, the enigmatic name Nevermore became symbolic of the boat.

Constructed of the finest woods of the Pacific NW, Nevermore is a red cedar planked on Pacific yew frames, deck beamed with Alaska yellow cedar, sparred with Sitka spruce, and decked with Douglas fir. She retains the distinction of being one of only a few larger vessels that wear a fully varnished hull, from stem to stern. Having served as a family live aboard for 10 years, she then passed hands to her current owner William Wolf who brought her to Port Townsend in 1992. For the past 25 years, Captain Billywolf has worked closely with many of the fine traditional wooden boat craftspeople of Port Townsend to maintain and restore this now classic vessel. Her ongoing beauty and service is a testimony to the outstanding caliber of the rare skills of the art-of -the-sailor offered by the good people of Port Townsend. Dr. Wolf continues to cruise Nevermore seasonally with friends and family along the rugged beautiful coast of British Columbia and up to the icy wild waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Name: Nil Desperandum
Year Built: 2011
Owner: Larry Cheek
Designer: Sam Devlin
Design: Winter Wren II
Type: Sloop
Description: I built this Devlin Winter Wren II in about 3000 hours over three years 2008-2011. The hull is Okoume marine plywood sheathed in fiberglass/epoxy; spars are Sitka spruce, and most trim pieces are sapele and Douglas-fir. I made two notable modifications to Sam Devlin’s plan: I converted 12 cubic feet of potential storage in the bilge and cockpit sides into positive flotation (air compartments and foam) and invited more daylight into the cabin with four ports instead of two. The aft lights are homemade Wiley ports, which open for ventilation. Her name, NIL DESPERANDUM, translates as “Nothing to Worry About.” I looked at the name every day during construction as a reassuring morale-builder. It was not true.

Name: Nimbus
Year Built: 1959
Owner: William Ferguson
Designer: Unknown
Design: Folkboat
Type: Sloop
Description: Nimbus is traditional Nordic Folkboat. The folkboat design was a result of a 1930’s design competition to develop the ideal small cruising vessel for the common folk. They are world renowned for their seaworthiness and design.

Nimbus has spent her whole life in the Pacific Northwest primarily at the Victoria Yacht Club from the 60’s through the early 2000’s. She was then purchased by a wooden boat building student from Silva Bay. She underwent an extensive refit and restoration in 2004, and moved to the Secret Cove in 2009. Since then she has plied the the waters of BC as far north as the Broughton Islands.

She was built in Horens, Denmark, 1959 by G. Andersen. Her hull is lapstraked from mahogany planks with copper rivets over steam bent oak frames. Her deck and support structure were replaced in 2004 during her refit, and now has a glass and plywood deck. In 2015 her mast and boom were replaced with spars crafted on the sunshine coast from PNW Sitka Spruce which is well know for springyness and resiliency.

Nimbus is a vessel with a long history exploring the west coast. She continues this today cruising extensively around Vancouver Island and the western BC coast.

For Sale
Name: No Name
Year Built: 1964
Owner: John Frank
Designer: Ed Monk
Design: Knockabout
Type: Sloop
Description: Found this boat in a neighbor’s garage and he was moving. It was painted all military gray. He had Ed Monks name wrong (Ed Wood) as the designed. As I began working on the mast and boom to restore them, the unique aspects of the design became apparent. It has been much fun to restore and sail it. I think it would be a good addition to the festival.

Name: Northern
Year Built: 1927
Owner: Elijah Stevens
Designer: Unknown
Design: Halibut Schooner
Type: Power
Description: Northern was one of the wildly profitable halibut schooners that fished the Northwest coast for most of the 20th century, modeled after the Scandinavian North Sea trawlers. She was built on Lake Union in 1927, but burned to the waterline in ’33 and was rebuilt – we don’t know what caused the fire. Originally, she was probably powered by an Atlas or Washington diesel, but sometime in the 60s was converted to the Caterpillar 343 that still runs like a champ today. In addition to her great looks, she is a fascinating time capsule of fishing technology. Originally, fishing was done from dories stored along the pilothouse, but as fishing laws changed and better lines haulers and hydraulics became available, she was refit with a gurdy and the current aluminum bait tent. At her peak, she held a catch in the dozens of tons and could make her crew rich in a season. There are depressions in the deck planks and along the hull from decades of hauling over fish. Many of her sister ships are still working.

We became stewards of Northern in 2014, and since then have been refitting her as a live aboard. Our favorite thing about this boat is the stories we hear everywhere she goes about the people who fished her, who saw her come and go, and how her highliner pedigree still inspires awe. We’re honored to share this piece of Northwest history.

Name: Olo
Year Built: 2013
Owner: James MacKenzie
Designer: Unknown
Design: One-off
Type: Row
Description: Olo is a copy of a 1960’s Keith Steele drift boat which had been modified to be self bailing and used with Martin Litton on commercial trips through the Grand Canyon. She was too small to be commercially viable and ended up rotting in a field where she was found and rebuilt by Flagstaff Arizona boat builder Brad Dimock. Working with Brad, I pulled the lines and offsets and built Olo. She is now being used to introduce young people to the joy of rowing wood in moving water.

Name: Opus
Year Built: 2003
Owner: Lee Bjorklund & Larry Goerss
Designer: Iain Oughtred
Design: Wee Seal
Type: Sloop
Description: Some boats are race boats. Some boats are cruising boats. Opus, a modified Wee Seal, designed by Iain Oughtred, is a boat that just seems to make people smile wherever she shows up, according to Seattle owners Lee Bjorklund and Larry Goerss. They acquired Opus from a Bellingham, WA Craigslist ad spotted in 2009.

With Scandinavian-influenced longer ends, and great reserve buoyancy all round, Opus has proven to be a double-ended, exceptionally able, comfortable, dry and sea-worthy vessel. She handles and balances well in all sorts of conditions. Opus is a shining example of a pocket cruiser that is not intimidated by distance, location, or sea conditions (within reason). She is a boat where, in the words of Wayne Roberts “the essence of simplicity is the height of enjoyment.”

Opus has performed in everything from 30+ mph winds and 5’ seas to dead calms. No water has ever been taken over the sides or into the cockpit. In fact, you’d likely need to lay the mast on the water to wet the gunnels. Her round profile can give her a rolling ride in a quartering sea but she’s a boat that can look after herself comfortably and get you home safely when the weather turns bad.

Name: Pax
Year Built: 1936
Owner: Kaci Cronkhite
Designer: MSJ Hansen
Designer: Danish Spidsgatter
Type: Sloop
Description: Built in Scandinavia in 1936. Shipped by freighter to the west coast of North America on or around 1961. Disappeared after a tragic fire in Sausalito mid-1980s. For sale in Victoria, British Columbia in August, 2007. That’s all the wooden boat experts in the Pacific northwest knew when Kaci Cronkhite, director of the Wooden Boat Festival, got an email about the boat for sale and started asking questions. Soon after she bought the boat, it was hauled next door to Kaci’s Cupola House office for minor repairs of a “six-inch copper band-aid” just below the waterline. What transpired has been called a “love story, a quest, and an international mystery” solved. More about the boat, the book, and Kaci’s adventure with both can be found at kacicronkhite.com. Visit the boat daily during the Festival and hear the rest of the story!

Name: Penguin
Year Built: 1992
Owner: George Costakis
Designer: George Calkins
Design: Bartender 19′
Type: Power
Description: Penguin is a 19′ Bartender which is a unique double-ended planing boat, designed by George Calkins. It is one of the last hulls he built and was advertised in the back of Woodenboat Magazine issue #109. She is marine plywood on mahogany frame construction. In 2005, she was restored with the small doghouse and raised windshield and self-bailing cockpit. She is powered by a 40HP, 2-stroke, outboard placed in a motorwell.

Name: PickPocket
Year Built: 1981
Owner: Paul Grun
Designer: Bill Garden
Design: Eel
Type: Yawl
Description: Bill Garden published this design in his 1977 book Yacht Designs. She traces her roots to George F. Holmes who is described as the father of the canoe yawl and to Albert Strange who played a key role in developing the type. In fact, Mr. Garden named his design after one of Holmes’ boats. John MacGregor famously described his travels in a tiny canoe yawl in his book A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe. L. Francis Herreshoff’s “Rozinante” claims a similar ancestry. PickPocket is one of about 15 Eels built by Schooner Creek Boatworks in Portland between 1977 and 1987. Open cockpit, flush-decked and cuddy cabin variations were built. PickPocket is cold molded of layers of western red cedar and mahagony. She is rigged as a yawl and carries a sliding gunter main which explains the apparent contradiction in what appears to be a “boom” which is too long for the boat. The sliding gunter yields short spars for ease of trailering and makes her easily manageable for single handing. She is home ported in Portland, and tends to appear at the WBF on odd numbered years.

Pirate Wooden Boat Festival 2017

Name: Pirate
Year Built: 1993
Owner: The Center for Wooden Boats
Designer: L. E. “Ted” Geary
Design: R-Class Sloop
Type: Sloop
Description: When Pirate won the R-Class National Championship at Larchmont, NY, she was the first West Coast designed, & built, racer to compete on the Eastern Seaboard and, representing California Y.C. & skippered by the great Matthew Walsh, beat designs from N. G. Herreshoff, L. F. Herreshoff, John Alden and Starling Burgess. She is also a two-time winner of the Sand Diego Lipton Cup (Sparkle won it once).

Name: Pleiades
Year Built: 1991
Owner: Hoyle Hodges
Designer: Chapelle
Design: Glad Tidings
Type: Schooner
Description: Pleiades is a traditionally rigged gaff, Pinky Schooner. Designed by Howard I Chapelle as a replica of an 1830’s era Eastport Pinky Schooner. Pinky’s were used during colonial times and up to the 1850s as mackerel fishing boats. Mackerel feed going upwind so the Pinkys had to go to windward better than the Chebacco boats they replaced. Pleiades has spent her entire history in the Pacific Northwest recently in charter out of Port Townsend she underwent a major refit in 2006 here at Port Townsend and is currently conducting charters at Alderbrook Resort on the Hood Canal, in Union, Wa.

PocketShip Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: PocketShip
Year Built: 2008
Owner: Chesapeake Light Craft
Designer: John C. Harris
Design: PocketShip
Type: Sloop
Description: “PocketShip” is a small, build-it-yourself cruising sailboat available as a kit, meant to sail well on all points, provide dry camping accommodations for two adults, and tow behind a four-cylinder car. More than 60 are sailing or under construction on six continents. Designer John C. Harris wanted a fast-sailing pocket cruiser with a dry and commodious interior. It had to be quick and easy to build or the project would never get finished, so stitch-and-glue plywood construction was a given from the start. The cockpit was laid out for daysailing comfort and is large enough for sleeping on warm nights. Interior arrangements are ample, we think bigger and more comfortable than anything else this size, without compromising Pocketship’s looks and performance. Two adults may sleep below or wait out a rain shower, and a portable head stows beneath the cockpit, sliding forward into the cuddy for use. The enclosed area of the cabin is identical to an average four-man tent, but drier, more private, and more secure.
PocketShip is stiff and fast and tacks through 90 degrees. The helm is light and the boat will spin nearly in its own length in both light and heavy air and with a variety of sail combinations.
The boat is available in kit form, or as a set of full-sized plans, accompanied by a 280-page manual with nearly 800 images and drawings showing construction step by step. No other manual like it exists for a build-it-yourself pocket cruiser. For more info, see www.clcboats.com/pocketship.

Name: Que Será
Year Built: 1964
Owner: David and Connie Wheeler
Designer: Kettenburg
Design: K43
Type: Sloop
Description: Que Será is hull number 11 of a limited production run of 19 K43 sloops built by Kettenburg Marine, San Diego, in the mid-1960s. She has taken her owners to Mexico, the South Pacific, Hawaii and safely home to Port Townsend. To our knowledge, she is one of three K43s built with teak decks, house and cockpit. She was extensively raced by her original owners in Southern California winning the Wrigley Cup shortly after her launch. We purchased her in 1985 and lived aboard for 10 years. Que Será has been moored at the Port Townsend Boat Haven since 2001, when we moved to Coupeville, Whidbey Island. Recent work includes restoration of the transom and mast by Taku Marine, canvas by Northwest Canvas, rigging by PT Rigging and Toss Rigging, woodwork by Mark Miller, and engine work by Galmukoff Marine. Aft deck and cockpit redesign and construction, replacement of all plumbing and electrical systems, and exterior and interior finishes have been renewed by her owners.

Name: S.L. Puffin
Year Built: 1906
Owner: Center for Wooden Boats
Designer: Unknown
Design: 21 ft. Launch with Compromise Stern
Type: Power
Description: 1906 Truscott built in St. Joseph, Michigan used as a hotel limo. Found in desperate need of repair in 1977 and underwent major restoration in northern Michigan. At this time was retrofitted into steam as was more representative of the era.

Name: Sarah Beth
Year Built: 2011
Owner: David Lester
Designer: Joel White/Tom Hill
Design: Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff
Type: Power
Description: The original design of this skiff by Joel White was for a carvel-planked boat with stem profile similar to that of Joel White’s larger lobster boats. The skiff has a sweet sheer line and generous tumblehome aft. A slightly concave (“hogged”) bottom allows the boat to plane at very slow speeds. The boat design was adapted by Tom Hill for strip plank construction. Sarah Beth is strip-planked with ½ inch-thick Alaskan Yellow Cedar and sheathed in fiberglass inside and out. The seats, transom, keel, and trim are all solid Mahogany. The stem is laminated mahogany. The boat travels at a maximum speed of approximately 20 kts with its 20 hp motor.

Name: Sawaya
Year Built: 1989
Owner: James Thompson
Designer: Jim and Ed Barlow
Design: Pacific Pelican
Type: Other
Description: Sawaya is hull #3 of the Pacific Pelican class, started in the 1980’s in the San Francisco Bay Area. The father-son team of Jim & Ed Barlow designed this 15 foot lugger based on the popular 12 foot San Francisco Pelican with the blessings of the original Pelicaneer, Captain Short. Constructed of marine grade Douglas fir plywood, clear Douglas fir, and California black Walnut corner blocks under the guiding eye of the late Joe Peeso, the official builder of the Pacific Pelican prototype. Epoxy was used throughout, with the decks, rudder, centerboard, and hull wrapped with fiberglas. Sawaya was launched in 1989 with many owner/builder design enhancements, and has been participating in the Wooden Boat Festival regularly ever since.

Name: Scamp
Year Built: 1967
Owner: Tom & Wyndham Jackson
Designer: W.F. Stone & Son Shipbuilders
Design: One-off
Type: Sloop
Description: SCAMP was Lester Stone’s personal boat, launched 1967 onto San Francisco bay. We bought her from the builder, cruise her extensively, including a keel-off total hull reconstruction. Original deck/interior equipment maintained with full functionality

Name: Schatzi
Year Built: 1976
Owner: George Costakis
Designer: George Calkins
Design: Bartender 22
Type: Power
Description: A 22′ Bartender built true to George Calkins’ sea-worthy, double-end, planing design. Schatzi is a German word meaning “Little Darling” which she truely is. She has wonderful, sweeping lines and proportions. Built from marine plywood and mahogany frames, and powered by a Chrysler 318 V8, she can do 27 knots. After 40 years and 5 owners, she is still going strong.

Name: Scout
Year Built: 1966
Owner: Mark Patton
Designer: Anderson
Design: Cutlass
Type: Salt Water Dory
Description: 1966 ChrisCraft Cavalier Cutlass, Hull # VXA-22-3053-C. Designed to be a Seaworthy salt water fishing boat. Sold new, Oakland Ca. 1966. A doctor in Sausalito converted decks to varnished Mahogany shortly there after. In 1998 Ralph Mooers and his son Wayne (whom I bought from) replaced original CC GM 283 V-8, with a brand new 285 hp, Pleasure Craft Marine Ford 351. At that time they also cut off the original painted plywood bottom and replaced it with new marine plywood and fiber glassed to the waterline. This boat turns heads and gets a lot of attention where ever it goes (even on the trailer going down the road). Even though it’s a little pretty for fishing or crabbing it really is a serious salt water boat that easily handles the nastiest stuff in SF Bay and out the gate. I’m going to miss it but I’ve got 64 Cutlass also, that I plan to convert to center console for crabbin and abbin. Hope Scout gets in and we get to meet at the show. Smooth Sailing Mark

Name: Seven Bells
Year Built: 1929
Owner: Andrew Himes
Designer: Stephens Brothers
Design: Bridgedeck cruiser
Type: Power
Description: A classic pilot-house cruiser, this 1929 Stephens Brothers boat was built in Stockton, CA, one of eight or nine boats using the same blueprints. Seven Bells has won the top restoration awards at classic wooden boat shows across the Pacific Northwest, from Victoria to Seattle. The boat was originally a private yacht, then served as an anti-submarine net tender in San Francisco Bay during World War 2, known by its Navy ID of YP121. The hull is of Port Orford Cedar, the house is teak, and the soles are fir. It has been reclaimed and fully restored twice‚ in 1947 and then in 1999, with many gallons of varnish and paint, much new wood, leather, and fittings. New Yanmar diesels were added in 2013. Seven Bells now is moored at the north end of Lake Union in Seattle.

Name: Sillva Bans
Year Built: 1986
Owner: David Smith
Designer: Pete Culler/Bruce Northrup
Design: One-off
Type: Cutter
Description: This replica is Bruce’s rendition of a Pete Culler Cutter as seen in O’Rourke’s book “Culler’s Other Boats”. Homemade cream colored gaff sails to fit the solid fir, lengthened spars make her fun in a light, summer breeze but a challenge to sail in those Georgia strait blows, well until triple reefed! She’s pretty enough to be welcomed to most Canadian anchorages especially when Hallie and Colette row to shore first without scruffy dad. That cathead set up makes it easier to stow that big anchor with its good holding power for those rocky steep grounds of Desolation Sound. We have been so lucky in those small nooks and crannys which can be so beautiful and peaceful!

Name: Sir Isaac
Year Built: 1984
Owner: John and Ann Bailey
Designer: Chuck Burns
Design: One-off
Type: Schooner
Description: Sir Isaac was built in 1984 for short handed ocean sailing. We completed a 10 year restoration last year and are preparing her again for some extended sailing trips.

Name: Sofia
Year Built: 1967
Owner: Janet & Devon Liles
Designer: William Garden
Design: NorthSea Trawler
Type: Power
Description: Refit 1996. Some time in the Nineties. Sofia had several planks replaced. These planks were harvested from the blast area around Mt. St. Helens. Because the wood had sat there for a many years before harvesting, the timber became infested with Insects. When the insect layden planks were installed the insects saw this “all you can eat and tasty old growth Alaskan Cedar”. It was not long after that the new owner, Dave Nelson, in 1996, had to re-plank about 80% of the hull below the water line. The original wooden wheel house was replaced with a newly constructed aluminum house due to had a considerable amount of rot. A new aluminum wheel house was constructed and installed. Sofia was completely rewired along with new electrics, along with plumbing, sanitation, refrigeration and heating.

Resting. In 2004, Sofia again was sold again as a part time live aboard on Lake Union by Dr. Oliver. Between ‘06 and ‘08, the owner updated the Navigation and other electronics.

Second Refit – Ongoing. We purchased her December of 2008 and she immediately went back into the yard for some much needed hull paint, six planks and the restoration of her name to her backside. Finally, in 2009, three months later, we able to take her to her new home in Gig Harbor. Over the next four years minor maintenance was done, systems integration, and a few planks here and there and the house was stripped to bare wood and brought back with five coats of sealer and five coats of Captains Varnish.

Late summer of 2012, the refit started again in earnest. We removed the original rotting Sailcloth and Tar deck on the coach roof covering the Galley and the Lido (aft) Deck and replaced it with 2 coats of Sealing Epoxy, two Layers of Fiberglass and finishing it with Awl Grip with Anti Skid. During this process we had to remove the lido deck’s original cedar ceiling but due to its age, fifty plus, it just split and broke apart as we removed it. Installing a new ceiling we used old growth cedar to get the original smooth and knot free look. Relocation of the Propane Tank’s from a storage box on the Coach Roof to a permanent storage locker constructed in the Lido Deck. Two more hull planks, one deck plank and Brand New Stainless Steel Stanchions were fabricated and installed along with life lines. The old wool rug covering the Galley and Salon floors was replaced with Old Growth / Straight Line Fur and Purple Heart Accents in 2015 along with the top of the Forward mast was replaced via a Dutchman Splice.

In 2016 we found the Lower section of the Rear Mast on the Coach Roof was replaced due to Massive Dry Rot and also we found bit of dry rot in the in the stern just below the transom but vowed to address it during 2017 ride on the rail. In March of 2017 we hauled and found the rot was in the Rim Log (a beam that is attached to the Transom Rib). The rot was in each corner and only went 2” into this 6” x 4” beam. The rot was removed by chiseling away. Two Dutchmans were installed in each corner. We also found three of the original 50+ year old planks had developed *Iron Sickness on both the Starboard Port side, behind the Ice Sheathing, midship. These were removed and replace with new Alaskan Cedar planks.

*Iron Sickness
adjective, Nautical.
noting a wooden hull, fastened with iron, in which chemical interaction between the iron and the wood has resulted in the decay of both; nail-sick.

Oh, and did I mention Three hull planks above the water line on the port side and a deck plank on the same side. Since we have been undercover for the past couple of years, both of the Mast Stepping Hinges has seen a lot of use lately and we have taken the opportunity to strengthen and rebuild them.

Name: Soy Sauce
Year Built: 2015
Owner: Willy Walden
Designer: Tug Buse
Design: One-off
Type: Replica WW II Target Raft (Fort Worden)
Description: Soy Sauce is a half-scale replica of a World War II Target Raft from Fort Worden with a imaginative modifications for propulsion such as her now well-known “brace and boat” and recognizable red sail with a hole through it. She also has a custom bailing bucket that gets LOTS of use. Last year Willy and Tug added a continuously firing water canon that reaches up to 40 feet. Willy says she may be the slowest boat on Puget Sound, but she has the most awesome water cannon – he loves that! Willy is thinking of making a short film featuring Soy Sauce that he thinks “should be pretty funny!”

Name: Spainnear Uisce
Year Built: 2008
Owner: Russell Dodd
Designer: Ren Tolman
Design: Tolman Alaskan Skiff
Type: Power
Description: Spainnear Uisce, took about 2000 hours for the owner to build over several seasons. Designed by the late Renn Tolman of Homer, Alaska, she was intended as a stable fishing boat and easily built with modest skills and common shop tools. While the basic hull design is well defined by the Renn Tolman, the cabin and layout are as unique as the builder chooses. Our version is more of a personal cruiser for two rather than a serious fishing boat. As such, creature comforts were a priority, making her an RV for the water. This will be the second appearance at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival for Spainnear Uisce. She was built in Portland, Oregon, has cruised the Columbia River and Puget Sound, and now resides in Idaho between cruises.

Construction is marine plywood formed with the “”stitch and glue”” method. Being relatively light, a 140 hp outboard will push her a 20 knots cruising speed and closer to 30 at full throttle.

Spainnear Uisce is an example of an owner built cruiser that validates the idea that modest size boats can be built to high standards by an amateur.

Name: Spike Africa
Year Built: 1977
Owner: Gary Gero
Designer: Bob Sloan
Design: Tops’l schooner
Type: Schooner
Description: Spike Africa was built by Bob Sloan in California 40 years ago this year. Bob and his friend Spike Africa (the person) sailed with many of the schooners that were around in the 50’s and 60’s. Including Sterling Haydens famous trip to the South Seas with his children. Bob built this schooner to work. And that she did. Hauling freight, towing rescued boats, and anything else that would pay her way. I guess we can say she is the last freighting schooner on the west coast. She now lives and works chartering out of Friday Harbor WA. After a complete rebuilt over the last 7 years and thanks to the old crew of shipwrights, Al Meyers, Dave Hartford, Jake Jacobson and gang, she is good as new and ready for another 4o years of work.

Name: Stella
Year Built: 2015
Owner: Joe Titlow
Designer: Glen Witt
Design: Whitehall
Type: Row
Description: Stella is a 17 ft. Whitehall rowing skiff handcrafted from western red cedar and sitka spruce using Gougeon clear finish, composite technology by Joe Titlow. The boat was first launched in 2015. Stella hails from Titlow Beach, Washington. The original design is by Glen Witt. The hull weight is very light at 150 lbs., and the boat is set up for a maximum of three rowers, but Stella is easily handled by one rower with the Pocock rowing gear. Stella has a traditional vertical stem and a wine-glass transom with 1/2 in. bead & cove planking.

Sunbow Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Sunbow
Year Built: 2002
Owner: Paul Kelton
Designer: John Marples
Design: Constant Camber 35
Type: Sloop
Description: Sunbow is a Constant Camber 35 mid-cockpit design capable of coastal and ocean cruising. The design is a successor to design partner Jim Brown’s Searunner series, which were built from sheet plywood. She is cold molded in sections laid up on a single mold with identically spiled strips. The panels are then butt spliced together and covered inside and out with glass fabric. Epoxy glue is used exclusively. This results in an extremely strong monocoque construction. The eggshell style curvature also makes for an very puncture resistant structure.

She was built in the Mojave Desert by Dick White, a machinist, while he worked for Burt Rutan’s exotic airplane company, Scaled Composites. The boat was built in three sections, trucked to Oxnard on the coast, completed and launched in 2002 after 10 years of construction.

I bought her in San Diego and sailed her up the coast-upwind in mostly heavy weather- to the NW. Since then we have been cruising the San Juans and Canadian gulf. When I got her she was only minimally complete. I have since finished fitting out the interior and exterior and replacing and upgrading the rig.

Name: Susan Joanne
Year Built: 2013
Owner: Dan & Sue Parnel
Designer: Sam Devlin
Design: Onyx
Description: Susan Joanne is a Devlin Onyx 28′ sailboat design. She has a wood epoxy matrix hull, utilizing the stitch and glue technique of constriction. She is a maximum trailer-able sailboat, so she could be towed to other ports. I started to build this boat in 2000. I completed the first layer of the hull on the molds, before my job changed and I did not have the time to complete her. In 2012, I took her to Sam to have her completed. Sam and his crew completed her in Bristol fashion, and she gets lots of compliments. She is an ideal cruising sailboat for two, and would accommodate on a short cruise. We have enjoyed sailing her in Puget Sound and the San Jaun Islands.

Name: Suva
Year Built: 1925
Owner: Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation
Designer: Ted Geary
Design: One-off
Type: Schooner
Description: The schooner Suva is owned by the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation (CMHF) and has been since the first part of May 2015. The CMHF is her sixth owner. She is manned totally by volunteers: crew, captains, docents and maintenance.

Suva was built by shipbuilder Quan Lee in Hong Kong in 1925 for Frank Pratt, a Massachusetts lawyer who moved to Whidbey Island in 1908. From 1925 to 1940, she was anchored in Penn Cove.

Pratt commissioned Ted Geary, a prominent naval architect in Seattle to design a vessel for Puget Sound waters for corporate and private entertaining. Suva was built almost entirely of old growth Burmese teak. After being built in 1925, she was then shipped to British Columbia where her spars were stepped. She was originally designed as a gaff-rigged schooner. Suva’s spars are Sitka Spruce.

In 1960, Suva had a major refit and was re-rigged to a staysail schooner. The original Lawson-Scott gas engine was replaced by a 140-horsepower diesel Detroit 453. The 453 is a two-cycle, four-cylinder engine, 212 cubic inches.

Pratt sailed the schooner for 15 years before gifting it to friend Dietrich Schmidt (for one dollar) and later his son Allen Schmidt, who owned the boat for 40 years combined.

Suva then went to Bill Brandt of Olympia for about 25 years before returning to the North Sound to Port Townsend owner Scott Flickinger. Lloyd Baldwin, whom CMHF purchased her from, bought the boat in 2009.

The Suva has always been kept in Puget Sound waters.

Name: Swizzlestick
Year Built: 2006
Owner: Paul Fogel
Designer: George Calkins
Design: Bartender
Type: Power
Description: This is one of the first examples of a stretched 19′ Bartender and an inboard powered one rather than an outboard in a well. I think this led to a newer design, the 20.5. Swizzlestick is powered with a 120 hp Mercruiser. Performance is exiting.

Name: Thane
Year Built: 1976
Owner: Robert McCallum
Designer: Modified Spray
Design: Modified Spray
Type: Ketch
Description: Thane is a modified Spray and was built on Finger One at Fishermans Wharf in Victoria using mostly recycled materials. She has been a working girl her entire life.

Name: Theia
Year Built: 1981
Owner: Michael Walsh
Designer: William Atkin
Design: Atkin
Type: Ketch
Description: Theia introduced us to some special Port Townsend friends and craftspeople who took part in her rebirth. We are grateful to Gary and Nancy Fredrick, the Tucker family, Randy Charrier, Bill Stabile, Inger Rankins and her NWSWBB canvas class, and PT Rigging. Port Hadlock, WA

Name: Toujour
Year Built: 1957
Owner: E.J. Piltz
Designer: Stephens
Design: Flybridge Sedan
Type: Power
Description: “1957 STEPHEN’S SPORT-FISHER, TWIN DIESEL FLYBRIDGE SEDAN CRUISER. GALLEY DOWN. FLYBRIDGE UP. BOW FORWARD. STERN AFT. Sweet Cruise @ 10knots/4gal per hour. Burn 20 gal+/hour at 22 knots….OUCH”

Trixter Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Trixter
Year Built: 1934
Owner: Sean Koomen
Designer: H.C. Hanson
Design: One-off
Type: Power
Description: Trixter was built by the Bob and Frank Prothero in 1934 on Lake Union in Seattle. She’s powered with an Isuzu C-240 diesel engine, and is used as a pleasure boat around the Puget Sound.

Name: Tumblehome
Year Built: 1990
Owner: Scott Sprague
Designer: Scott Sprague
Design: One-off
Type: Sloop
Description: Scott Sprague designed and built TUMBLEHOME in a Bainbridge Island boat shop in the 1980’s, with the help of many others in the yard when they had time to help out. The hull is a slippery canoe stern shape with a modern fin keel and deep bustled skeg aft. A sculptured teak wheelhouse allows inside steering in addition to the outside station. The rig is a fractional sloop with a varnished spruce rotating wing mast. The interior is Alaskan yellow cedar with Honduras mahogany, and many other woods, with warm live-aboard accommodations.

TwoBits Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: TwoBits
Year Built: 2002
Owner: Mike Wollenston
Designer: Unknown
Design: Unknown
Type: Power
Description: TwoBits was originally built as an open launch in 1932 and used as a tender to the North Star, a 230′ vessel owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Both were built by the Berg Shipyard in Ballard, WA. The TwoBits was used as a “leiter” or barge to take supplies to Indian villages up the west coast of Vancouver Island and Alaska. In 1953 the TwoBits was converted to a small harbor tug, repowered with a 40hp diesel and adding the house.

Name: Ursa Major
Year Built: 1972
Owner: V. Joyce Gauthier
Designer: Miles Stapleton
Design: Bear
Type: Power
Description: After her solid wooden hull was built in Norway, the Ursa Major was launched in 1972 at the Malahide shipyards in Dublin, Ireland. With her classic “Old World” charm, solid North Sea construction, and warm European ambiance, she is the perfect “little ship” for charter cruising. She epitomizes the True Trawler Yacht as described by Bob Lane in Passagemaker Magazine, (February 2002, and September 2003).

The Ursa Major is 65 ft. long, 20 ft. wide, displaces over 100 tons, and is powered by a heavy-duty Caterpillar Diesel engine with two diesel auxiliary generators. She was built to the rugged “Det Norske Veritas” construction standards, certifying her to operate year round in the extreme conditions of the North Sea.

After arriving from Ireland in 1972 on her own bottom, she initially spent time on the East Coast of the United States and Canada, followed by her high-sea adventures in the Caribbean in the 1980’s, and through the Panama Canal to her eventual homeport of Seattle, Washington in the early 1990’s. The Ursa Major has a unique history unlike any other – come aboard to learn all about her adventures!

For the past seventeen years, the Ursa Major has worked as a charter vessel in beautiful southeast Alaska, leading mothership kayak adventures and Inside Passage Trawler Training Trips between Washington state and Alaska. When not cruising southeast Alaska in the summer, the Ursa Major is home-ported in Seattle, Washington at Fishermen’s Terminal near the Ballard Locks.

Name: Virginia Cary
Year Built: 1973
Owner: Jerry Bohannon
Designer: Grand Banks
Design: Grand Banks 36 Classic
Type: Power
Description: 1973 Grand Banks 36. The last year Grand Banks their boats in wood. Very stable and good sea boat. Two time Alaska veteran, and several trips to Desolation Sound. This boat has always been under cover, and has been maintained properly since day one. Excellent condition. When underway, twin Ford Lehman engines use 3 to 3.5 gallons per hour. Very frugal.

Name: Vito Dumas
Year Built: 1933
Owner: Alex and Elena Spear
Designer: Manuel Campos
Design: One-off
Type: Cutter
Description: I purchased Vito Dumas in January of 1976, and after a period of work combined with shakedown cruises on the California coast, began a nearly three year cruise that included Baja California, Marquesas, Societies, Hawaii, Alaska, and British Columbia.. Vito has always treated us well, and I have attempted to return the favor by doing the necessary projects to keep her seaworthy and kept up. After more than forty years Vito continues to challenge and inspire.

Name: Vixen
Year Built: 1952
Owner: Bruce Halabisky
Designer: Atkin
Design: Vixen
Type: Gaff cutter
Description: Since her launching in 1952 Vixen has sailed two and a half times around the world. Her most recent circumnavigation was an 11 year voyage completed in 2015. The people of Port Townsend have contributed greatly to Vixen’s success including a twelve year restoration under the guidance of Port Townsend resident Les Schnick. Vixen is a classic Atkin design specifically created to cross oceans with an emphasis on safety and seaworthiness.

Waterstrider Wooden Boat Festival 2017
Name: Waterstrider
Year Built: 2005
Owner: Seth Rolland
Designer: Chesapeake Light Craft
Design: Skerry
Type: Row
Description: Sprit rigged stitch and glue double ender with two rowing stations. Skerry design from Chesapeake Light Craft.

Name: Wee Bonnie
Year Built: 2013
Owner: Craig & Vicky Johnsen
Designer: Iain Oughtred
Design: Sooty Tern
Type: Yawl
Description: Originally built in Victoria, BC in 2013 by Andrew Barclay, of marine plywood and PNW woods, her glued-lap construction and refined design permit WEE BONNIE to move easily, whether rowing or sailing. The Sooty Terns are a refinement of Iain Oughtred’s Arctic Tern and she sports an ample lug yawl rig with unstayed spars for sailing and a pair of 9′-6″ oars for calms. WEE BONNIE weighs in at about 350 lbs and is easily launched at ramps or from a hoist sling. We purchased and refinished her in 2016 . WEE BONNIE is based near Morro Bay, CA.

Name: Whisper
Year Built: 1957
Owner: Jerry Rogerson
Designer: Sparkman & Stevens
Design: K35
Type: Sloop
Description: Whisper was built in 1957 by the Thomas Knutson Shipbuilding Corp. in Halesite, Long Island, New York. She was designed by Sparkman and Stevens as part of their “Pilot” series of production boats. Whisper has sailed in Maryland, Florida, and Puget Sound. A simple engine replacement in late 2012 resulted in a 3 year major rebuild in Port Townsend. The hull was refastened, mast rebuild, new sails made, stem rebuilt, and all major systems upgraded. While life was being restored to Whisper, many friends were made as we worked together during the restoration.

Name: Wind Spirit
Year Built: 1985
Owner: Dan Mimmack
Designer: Unknown
Design: One-off
Type: Frigate
Description: I found this pirate ship sitting in an equipment yard in Olympia in 2011. The Vessel was hand crafted as a one-off pirate ship conversion in 1985, by a retired naval architect to play with his grandchildren. Upon inspection the boat needed a total restoration. This ship, as it turns out, is an authentic scaled replica of a seventieth century fully- rigged Three masted frigate. Christopher Columbus’s Santa Maria was this type of ship. This Vessel has been displayed all over the Northwest at Boat Shows, festivals and parades. On board we teach knot tying, sail rigging and Helmsmanship. Children are dressed in pirate garb while on board. This Vessel Operates as a children charity out of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Name: Wood Duck
Year Built: 1930s
Owner: Dennis Welch
Designer: Young
Design: Poulsbo
Type: Gaff
Description: Boat purchased in 1970 for $45….at Bellevue Washington. My father had a vision for the Poulsbo boat to become a jaunty sailboat. The attractive lines were decked and an an engine house built by Jensen Motor Boat Co. Many complications ensued as the air cooled engine was boxed. An un weighted keel was added but she sails very top heavy. My father put in 38 years tinkering, making spars, collecting brass goodies and boat yard friendships. I have spent the last 8 years putting the parts together. It has been a fun project with some sailing adventures yet to come.

Name: Xanadu
Year Built: 1971
Owner: John Caples
Designer: Ken Smith
Design: Grand Banks 42
Type: Power
Description:Xanadu was built in Hong Kong in 1971 of Philippine mahogany planks on yacal frames. Her interior is mostly teak. She is powered by a single John Deere diesel engine of 225 horse power at a cruising speed of 8 to 9 knots, consuming from 2 to 3.5 gallons per hour. With a fuel capacity of 640 gallons, she is able to travel from Olympia, WA, to Ketchikan, AK, with fuel to spare. The interior is divided into a main salon and galley, an aft stateroom with double bed, and a forward stateroom with v-berth. Each stateroom has its own head.

Xanadu’s current owners, John and Roxana Caples, have been her caretakers since the dawn of the new millennium. They have cruised her extensively, as far south as San Diego, CA, and as far north as Glacier Bay, AK.