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.”
Home Port: Bellingham, WA
Year Built: 1951
Owner: Victor Cano
The Allegra is a One of a kind Classic Fan Tail Trawler built by noted Benson Brothers yard in Vancouver BC. in 1951. I have owned, operated, and lived aboard her for over 12 years where she has served as my home, artist studio and gallery. She is a veteran of many trips up and down the inside passage has a Disp. of 40 tons, LWL 6’9”, 15’ beam. and is powered by a 6-71 Detroit with a 6:1 reduction gear which makes for an economic and smooth cruiser.
Home Port: Olympia, WA
Year Built: 2008
Owner: Capt. Peter Wilcox
Designer: Carl Chamberlan in collaboration with Capt. Peter
Design: Wilcox 36
Type: Gaff Ketch Petroleum-free Motorsailer
Ama Natura is a 36’ custom gaff ketch motorsailer built by the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding, launched at Point Hudson in 2008 and used each year since for marine decarbonization demonstration, clean water, wildlife protection advocacy, and exploration.
Under the expert design guidance and deep knowledge of the NWSWB’S Carl Chamberlain, AMA Natura (“She Loves Nature”) was collaboratively designed with the owner, Capt. Peter Wilcox, to be an extremely low-impact NW cruising vessel, and a floating laboratory of decarbonizing green technologies.
The 36′ LOA, 10-ton displacement nearly 14-year-old vessel has consistently utilized 100% waste source biofuels—first biodiesel (B100) and over the last two years Renewable diesel (R99)—in its 48HP naturally-aspirated, slow turning diesel, and the same for heat when needed. AMA’s sailing salmon troller-inspired hull was modeled for efficiency and with its 3:1 gear reduction and 24” feathering prop, AMA sips ¾ GPH or less at a non-cuprous bottom paint hull speed of about 7 knots. Her auxiliary is a modest gaff ketch sail rig with just over 500SF of canvas that both steadies her motion and drives her near hullspeed on a beam reach.
Even the motor oil, transmission fluid, and steering fluid used in AMA are low carbon, low toxicity, and bio-based, the same ones in fact that NOAA has employed in many of its fleet for the last 15 or so years. AMA has a composting Air Head, and 255 watts of solar PV capacity with four carbon-foam Firefly house batteries and an Optimal gel starting battery to meet her electrical needs at anchor or dock. She seldom uses shorepower while underway, and we normally only plug her in at dock for the darkest three months of the year.
AMA is the flagship of the Inside Passage Decarbonization Project, started and led by Capt. Peter and Mate/Decarbonizer Community Builder, Bridget. The “IPDP” has been building partnerships with First Nations, ports, resorts, fuel docks, environmental NGO’s like Greenpeace Canada, and boaters up and down the length of the Inside Passage to implement its 20-year vision of dramatically lowering carbon emissions, eliminating toxic liquids and implementing 100% renewable shorepower throughout the Inside Passage by 2035. The IPDP also researches and advocates for fully recyclable boatbuilding materials, including durable and stabilized woods.
Ariel of Victoria
Home Port: Anacortes, WA
Year Built: 1980
Owner: Christine Scoggins Granquist
Designer: Fred Peterson
Ariel of Victoria’s keel was laid in Fred Peterson’s boatyard on Vancouver Island near Nanaimo in 1972. Carvel planked in Alaskan yellow cedar over oak frames with a western red cedar deck, she was launched in 1980 after “seven years of madness” by Ronald Hunt and Peterson. Doug and Jane Bond bought her in Victoria and raised two sons aboard, sailing her in the Salish Sea and participating in the local racing community. In 2009, Jane sold Ariel to Christy Granquist who, with Daniel Joram, brought the boat to Seattle and began a hull & systems restoration/renovation project (planking, frames, transom and aft cabin, electrical, water, sewage). In 2012, another renovation push involved a new galley, engine rebuild, fuel & exhaust systems. And in 2015, she was hauled out for 18 months to rebuild her decks and main cabin, re-cork, fair, install new steering & nav systems.
In between all the projects Ariel of Victoria sails extensively, covering 5000 miles in the Salish Sea between 2010 and 2015, and racing in several local events. We are looking forward to taking her further in the coming seasons.
Home Port: Seattle, WA
Year Built: 2018
Owner: Hugh Mortensen
Designer: Tom Lathrop
Design: Bluejacket 24
Bjarne was built in a north Seattle garage. “The boat” provided a safe, creative and nearby distraction to the challenges of work and raising children. Many people helped out over the years with advice and muscle for turnover parties. A professional fine furniture neighbor provided moral and technical support, in addition to some machining of difficult parts. Family provided encouragement and the legacy of boat building. Most of the work was completed alone, while listening to NPR and KEXP.
Home Port: Port Hadlock, WA
Year Built: 1978
Owner: Steve and Kelley Oliver
Designer: William Garden
We acquired Blackbeard in 1984. She is strip planked cedar on oak frames. A wonderful cruiser. 4 generations have sailed her south to Puerta Vallarta, north to Haida Gwaii.
Home Port: Bainbridge Island, WA
Year Built: 1998
Owner: Richard Mander
Designer: Scott Sprague
Design: After a 24' Tug for D & J Andersen
Based on a design by Scott Sprague for a 24′ tug designed to pull a small freight barge out to her owners’ cabin in British Columbia. The mast and boom are to load/unload a dinghy, the scow, or cargo from the deck and small aft hold. She has great visibility and easy access to the deck. A small fore-cabin has two bunks. The pilothouse cabin is a work in progress, we are working out how to include a heating stove and small table with stove and sink. BLUE STAR was launched in 1996 after being the project boat for students at the NW Wooden Boat School. Her original name was BLUE CHIP, then EVENING STAR, and HOBO. Renamed BLUE STAR in 2013.
Construction is Yellow Cedar batten-seam planking on 1 1/2” x 3” Apitong frames at 11” centers, Purpleheart backbone. Douglas Fir planked decks on Mahogany beams. Concrete ballast. 34 HP Perkins diesel engine. 4-blade 20″ propeller. She generally runs at 6 knots and is used for day trips around Bainbridge Island, based out of Winslow Wharf Marina. A design note is on page 126 of WoodenBoat #43.
Home Port: Bremerton, WA
Year Built: 1965
Owner: Jay Spearman
Designer: Bill Garden
Bolero is an original double-ended 40 foot sloop designed by the renowned N.A. Bill Garden and launched in 1965. Her distinctive appearance, clean lines, flush deck, and raking jack staff present a strong statement. She has been featured in numerous books and magazine articles.
Bolero was always one of Bill Garden’s favorites. He made many trips aboard her, with his close friend and builder/shipwright, Jim Hillman. Built as a potential live-aboard for Jim, she has a double cabin, with generous headroom throughout the main cabin. As an early design with port lights in the hull, it is possible to sit at the dinette and view the harbor from opened ports and deck hatches. She is of traditional Northwest construction. Hull material is Alaska Yellow Cedar with oak ribs. Deck is 2 layers of plywood overlaid with fiberglass. Mast is Sitka spruce. She sails well and sports new sails. A classic Puget Sound cruising boat that has sailed the waters of the Salish Sea, northern British Columbia, and has been as far north as Ketchikan, Alaska. Possibly beyond.
Home Port: Tacoma, WA
Year Built: 1990
Owner: Matthew Dunning
Design: 1 of 2 constructed
She looks a bit like a Wharram. Indeed, the designer of her hulls (a Mr. Beaubien whom I’ve never met) had built a 47′ Wharram in California in the late 1970s and sailed it for 3 years on the Pacific before selling and determining that he could do better. He did better. He designed very elegant chined hulls that greet the water with ironwood shod, curved overhanging bows having tremendous reserve buoyancy. He designed elongated transoms that kiss the water goodbye as the last of the 1/2” thick transom-hung rudder departs. These hulls are 54′ long overall and hew to the wisdom that there is no substitute for waterline at sea. They are chined to yield ample living space below yet sleek, sleek, sleek. So sleek that she is easily driven at 8 knots by her single Isuzu 50 hp diesel. Sleek enough for her to achieves 13 knots under sail with 20 knots on the beam. She barely even leaves a wake. Sleek and incredibly durable. She has 15′ long mini-keels made of sacrificial laminated cedar with an ironwood shoe and massive skegs protecting her rudders. She will easily stand on her keels and skegs and draws only 3.5′. Her hulls have their stringers on end and filleted in place for strength. Stems are nearly 1 foot thick behind their ironwood cladding. Each hull has a large watertight bow compartment followed by amidships accommodations and then another watertight bulkhead with engine room and head trailing – making 6 watertight compartments overall in the hulls. Her hulls are constructed of epoxy saturated marine plywood (from 3?4” to 3/8”) which was then sheathed in fiberglass and West Systems epoxy. Stringers and structural lumber is clear, tight-grained, fir, spruce, and cedar carefully selected from the Olympic forests and supplemented by tropical mahogany, teak, and ironwood.
Mr. Beaubien built himself a set of hulls and his friend Mr. Farnell, a cabinetmaker and very good with wood, built a set of hulls as well. Beaubien launched his hulls in th early 1980’s. He reportedly joined them with 6 crossbeams entrapping a triple-junk rig and headed North. I hear he is somewhere in Northern BC. I’ve never been able to find him to tell him that he designed a damn fine set of hulls. Mr. Farnell completed these hulls soon after and, after consultation with multihull designer John Marples, joined them with 4 massive fiberglass-sheathed epoxy-laminated fir box-beams with 3 1/2” top and bottom faces and 1 1/2” side faces plus internal blocking. Each of the 4 box beams are mechanically fastened to the hulls in 4 places using custom brackets and large bronze threaded rod and bolts. The beams are further buttressed on the topsides by large laminated solid mahogany knees and then glassed to the decks and topped with UHMW running boards to prevent damage from chains, lines, or deck gear on top. Each beam is watertight and adds significantly to reserve buoyancy. Everything is prevented from racking by a series of spruce longerons that run beneath the beams and act as the bridgedeck supports. The longerons carry the bridgedeck more than 3′ off of the water (you can drive the dinghy straight beneath and scrub the entirety of the hulls and running gear). A central steering cockpit with a hard dodger is nested amidships. The cockpit is surrounded by slatted fir removable panels fixed with Amsteel line that make up a strong deck that drains instantly. The Farnell family launched the unrigged vessel in 1990 in Port Angeles, WA after more than 10,000 hours of labor. The Dunning family purchased her in 2005 and then put another 3,000 hours into her completion.
John Marples (now a well respected designer of ply-epoxy cruising and day charter catamarans) designed a rig for her. Even though she is 54′ long, we wanted a rig that could be handled easily and simply by a smaller person than myself so John drew a traditional Marconi Ketch rig. You don’t see many ketch catamarans, but the rig is an excellent choice for an open-bridge-deck cat. You never need to get within 10′ of the water to manage the sails. The mizzen mast is mounted on an aluminum I-beam trestle slung on stainless straps between crossbeams 3 and 4 directly behind the cockpit. The main mast is landed on the 2nd crossbeam ahead of the cockpit. Sails are hoisted from clear decks amidships and all running rigging can be put to the winch either at the mast winches or turned and run to the big Lewmar 65 primary winches in the cockpit. She is very easy to single-hand as all sheets for all 3 sails are right at the helmsman’s fingertips in the cockpit. This rigging wizardry was accomplished by Mr. Brion Toss who installed the new spars and their standing and running rigging in the Summer of 2006. That Winter Carol Hasse built her a fully-battened mainsail with Strongtrack luff and double reef points and refitted a near-new fully-battened mizzen sail from an Aileron 28′ that had only been used for a season’s racing. She also added a 130% furling genoa making for a well balanced sail plan that is a delight to sail. Sea trials were held with Mr. Farnell aboard on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Spring of 2007.
Boondock is a big, simple, strong, and easy-to-maintain and repair catamaran in every respect. Aesthetically, she is more like a pair of co-joined Hans Christians than a plastic-fantastic production cat. She has a single direct-drive diesel engine housed in her port hull that drives her 8 knots. Above 2 knots the engine offset is hardly noticeable at the helm. For marina handling there is a counter-poised Nissan 25 hp outboard mounted on her aft tramp. Did I say Aft Tramp? She has both forward and aft trampolines. The forward tramp is a traditional fixed trampoline made of Sailrite’s big boat trampoline material with reinforcing webbing and lashed in place with Amsteel. The aft tramp is Net Systems’ 3/4” knotless Dyneema netting strung on an aluminum frame that lowers using the two cockpit primaries and 1/2” Dyneema lines. This makes it very easy to deploy, retrieve, and carry all sorts of water toys, dinghies, and divers. The aft tramp is also a perfect beach for the family and pets when deployed on the hook. The hulls have huge dry bow lockers forward followed by watertight bulkheads. The central cockpit helm is one of my favorite places. Helming this catamaran feels like you are wearing an enormous pair of water skis because you are standing right in the middle where there is least motion but the best visibility and sensation. Everything is right at hand and you can really feel all of the intricacies of wind and water without an intervening salon. The hard dodger provides good protection to the helmsman and the cockpit could easily be enclosed and heated if desired.
Home Port: Lake Oswego, OR
Year Built: 2004–2006
Owner: Ray Brown
Designer: Renn Tolman
Design: Tolman Alaskan Skiff Jumbo 24
Bright Star is a Tolman Jumbo 24, from a design by Renn Tolman of Homer, Alaska. As are all the Tolman boats, she is a plywood stitch-and-glue wooden boat.
The Tolman Alaskan Skiffs began as 18′ open boats, built for fishing in Alaskan waters. The basic design has evolved. Most now are cabin boats 22′-24′ long, with a few built at 26′, and built by the people who plan to use them.
Ray built her on our backporch. It took 2.5 years, from delivery of plywood to launching. We customized ours as a cabin cruiser, for cruising and fishing.
The boat is powered by a Cummins diesel MerCruiser 1.7L, 120hp, inboard/outboard. Cruising speed is 18 mph and cruising weight is 3800 pounds. The boat is light for its size and is easy to tow.
We get great fuel economy. With two 36-gallon tanks, we have a range of 300 miles, at speed. So far, we have 7500 statute miles under our keel. Note: This is at WBF application time. More cruising happens before Festival 2021.
Local home area day trips and cruising have been in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. But most of our cruising has been up north, in saltwater. Having a trailerable boat allows us freedom easily to go farther, and get into saltwater in Washington and BC. As former long distance offshore sailboat cruisers, we find it great fun to get to places faster and have more time in ports for exploring.
We’ve explored the South Sound, spent a lot of time inside, along Vancouver Island, in the San Juans, more time in the Gulf Islands, went up the Fraser River, and north on the BC mainland side. We cruised in the Broughton Archipelago, taking the ferry Coho over to Victoria and driving up to Port McNeill to launch. An outside trip was from Port Townsend to Walters Cove, almost to Brooks Peninsula. It was off of Tofino, with a front coming in, that we learned Bright Star can fly. We went back to port, for four days, and headed out again.
2020 was a bust, as far as cruising. With more time at home, Ray built another boat. Based on a Tolman hull design, it is a 21′ open speedboat, modified to be all-electric, with Tesla batteries and solar panels.
More information on the building of cabin boat Bright Star — http://www.backporchboat.org/
— Ray Brown & Anne Thompson
Home Port: Vaughn, WA
Year Built: 1983
Owner: Kelson Mills
Designer: Jim Franken
Type: Gaff Cutter
Bryony is one of the last boats built by Bob Prothero at the NWSWB, in 1983, She is Port Orford Cedar on White Oak frames, with Douglas Fir decks and Mahogany trim, and was designed by Jim Franken, based on the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters. A gaff cutter, she sets 5 sails, Main, Staysail, Jib, Fly jib, and two different sizes of Topsail.
Home Port: Portland OR
Year Built: 1975
Owner: Ryan Walsh
Designer: John and Carl Beetle
Design: Beetle Cat
Caine returns once again to PT for its annual pickling. Built in 1975, carvel planked cedar on steam bent white oak frames – lives in the Willamette River and sails often, only coming out of the water for its annual maintenance and trip to fest!
Home Port: Port Hadlock, WA
Year Built: 1993
Owner: Matthew McCleary
Designer: William Atkins
Design: Little Maid of Kent
Ceridwen was lofted in the Fall of 1982 at Magner & Sons Boatworks in Carlsborg, WA. Matt McCleary with the help of John and his son Kevin, started building the Atkins’ “Little Maid of Kent” Schooner. Poured 2500lbs of lead for Keel, Balua Keel Timbers, Oregon Oak floor timber’s and steam-bent oak frames, Port Orford Cedar planking, old-growth Douglas Fir cabin sides, Honduras Mahogany Taff rails, laid Teak decks over plywood sub deck, mahogany covering boards. All tankage (water and diesel), electrical system, and Diesel engine were installed. Pete Langley of PT Foundry cast most of Ceridwen’s deck and Spar hardware. Hassey-Petrich sails were built. Launched in August 1994, and then masts, bowsprit, and spars were finished and rigged.
Maiden voyage was in August 1996 from Port Angeles Marina to Port Hadlock Marina, Ceridwen’s Home Port to this day. Ceridwen’s custom interior was finished over many years from my garage shop in Hadlock. 20+ years now of adventures with family and friends in the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands, BC.
Home Port: Renton, WA
Year Built: 1986
Beam: 5' 8"
Owner: David Smith
Designer: Charles Mower
Design: Swampscott Racing Dory
Using only the lines drawing from the Dori book we measured and created a sheet of offsets to loft her. Thanks to the Newport Marine science center loft and bandsaw, I was able to fully loft her and then create her sawn frames in 1983. Thanks to Dick Tucker in Langlois Oregon I was able to order perfect Port Orford cedar for plankIng. Jamestown distributors was the only mail order supply company back then for Marine supplies (and linguica sausage)!! Coincidentally Silva Bans was being built in a nearby barn at the same time so had to have her!! The schooner Rueben de Cloux was just launched and sailed in Yaquina Bay to our delight and inspiration! Launched as an open row boat I explored the eirie Pools slough where another recluse boatbuilder was creating a wooden sailing masterpiece deep in the woods.
Home Port: Port Townsend, WA
Year Built: 1936
Owner: Sean & Inger Rankins
Designer: MSJ Hanson
Design: Danish 38 M2
Cito along with her sisters (Da Capo, Pia, Eio, & Skoal’s), all of the same 38M2 Danish Spidsgatter class, were shipped together from Copenhagen to Vancouver B.C. in the early 1950s. There they stayed and raced together for many years, slowly dispersing to other areas in coastal B.C. and eventually to Washington state. Skoal is still sailing in B.C. off of Brentwood Bay.
Cito was built by J. Wass, a professional boatbuilder, in his backyard in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, after WWII as things were pretty bleak in Europe, he had sold her. Cito along with her sisters and many other fine sailing craft enjoyed the many years of fun racing and cruising before the war reached Denmark and everything changed. She has spent the majority of her time enjoying racing and cruising here in the Salish Sea.
Home Port: Port Townsend, WA
Year Built: 2019
Owner: Russell & Ashlyn Brown
Designer: Russell Brown
Design: PT Eleven
Designed and built by Russell Brown, the PT Eleven is a highly developed 11ft nesting dinghy ideal for cruising boats since she can be stored in a small space! The PT 11 rows very well and has a simple and lightweight, high performance sailing option. The 2 hull halves can be assembled in 15 seconds, in the water or out. Sold as a high quality kit. The website, PTWATERCRAFT.COM shows both boat kits from Port Townsend Watercraft, with information, photos, and videos. “Cognito” is the personal boat of the owners for their G32 catamaran “Incognito”. It was built testing weight savings by using 4mm plywood on the upper panels and trimming wherever possible. It turned out to be extremely complicated to go this route but the boat will be great for Team Valhalla’s bid in the 2019 Seventy/48 at approximately 10 Lbs lighter than the already light 90 Lbs for the standard model. Go Inger and Team Valhalla!
Community Boat Project
Home Port: Port Hadlock, WA
Year Built: 2014
Owner: Community Boat Project
Designer: Ed Louchard
This is a Youth Exploring Ship built by students and mentors at the Community Boat Project. It is especially designed for watertight integrity, fast rowing, fast sailing, easy handling, beachability, and safety.
Home Port: Ballard, WA
Year Built: 1926
Owner: Bob & Sally Bryan
“Corsair II”, custom designed by naval architect Leigh Coolidge and built in 1926 by Martinac in Tacoma for B. F. Jacobs, was a predicted log racer. Martinac Shipyard remains an active boat builder, yet built only four yachts. She appeared in Buffalo Marine Engine and Union Oil advertising, touting Jacobs’ skills winning races like the Olympia – Victoria “in 50 knot gales.”
Bob Bryan who lived aboard for 17 years, and son Brandy , who grew up on the boat and is now a career naval officer acquired her in 1979. In 1986 they cruised to Vancouver to participate in the World’s Fair Maritime Exhibit. In 2001, fortuity came into play for Sally and Bob, when explaining the boat to neighbors, the lady said, “I’ve been on your boat and I dated a guy that was a live aboard. He had it beached on the ship canal. She provided photos as proof.
The original owner’s grandnephew visited with stories of the boat’s 1920’s adventures, including the fact that she had been commissioned for mapping in Alaska. It brought dimension to vintage photos of fur coated men and women with rifles on deck and another shows the hull badly scraped having been sucked into a fish weir by current.
When asked how she handles in rough seas, Bob says the obvious: “That’s what she was built for. She always comes back right side up”.
Rumrunner? An old fisherman in Pender said: “I know your boat. She had a foot well in the afterdeck where those planks are strangely butted. When I was a kid guys from the Olmstead gang came in on her with women mad because they were drunk. The men left to find a bar. The women invited us aboard. We partied until the men returned and we ran like hell!” [Olmstead -Seattle Police Captain was convicted of tax evasion during Prohibition. His wife broadcast radio children’s’ stories which contained coded drop point messages.]
The Corsair remains a blessing for Sally and Bob. Sally signed on after a chance meeting in the Ballard locks thirty years ago – love at first sight with the Corsair… and Bob. They have been anchoring in the damndest places together ever since.
Home Port: Olympia, WA
Year Built: 2012
Owner: Thomas Hruby
Design: St. Pierre Dory
Daddy’s Third is a 26 ft St. Pierre Dory powered by two electric trolling motors. This is the third version of an electric dory I have built since 1996 and incorporates some recent innovations in electric propulsion. The two 36 volt Minn Kota motors and lithium iron phosphate batteries give us a range of 50 nautical miles at hull speed (5knots) or 150 nautical miles at 2.8 knots. 540 watts of flexible solar panels augment the power stored in the batteries at a rate of 4 hrs of sunlight = 1 hr cruising at hull speed.
Home Port: Orcas Island, WA
Year Built: 1936
Owner: Margaret Payne
Designer: Fenton Kilkenny
Design: Teak Lady
Daisy is a “Teak Lady,” fractional-rig sloop, one of ten built in 1939 at the Ah King shipyard in Hong Kong. The Chinese shipwrights lived in the yard, sleeping on pallets near the boats and sending most of their salaries home to their families, keeping a little for themselves to purchase opium. Without access to power tools, they shaped the wood with adzes and planes.
Daisy was restored in 2002 at the NW School for Wooden Boats in Port Hadlock. I purchased Daisy in May 2018 and have since stripped and revarnished her brightwork, painted her decks; scrubbed, varnished, painted and outfitted the interior of her small cabin, and replaced some of her hardware.
In 1940, a Teak Lady (it could have been Daisy, but I cannot be sure) was sailed by the newly-married Charles and Rosalie Borden from Monterey CA to Hawaii. At the time, it was the smallest boat to make that passage. Not surprisingly, the marriage did not last long after that voyage.
I wanted a wood boat that was beautiful, that I could easily single-hand, that could take some weather and was suitable for cruising. I am so glad I found Daisy, who meets all those requirements.
Home Port: Portland, OR
Year Built: 1965
Owner: Ernie Sturm
Design: Trumpy Flush Deck Motor Yacht
1965 Trumpy Motoryacht Restoration Completed
One of the few “Trumpy” all-wood motor yachts on the on the West Coast has just finished a total restoration.
Originally known as the “Admiral Blake”, and now named the “Dawn Patrol”, the 65 ft flush deck motor yacht was built by John Trumpy and Sons and launched from their Annapolis, MD boat yard in 1965. It is one of 448 motor yachts built by JT&S ranging in size from 36’ to 148’ over an approximate 65 year period, beginning in 1910 and ending in 1973.
During this time period, “Trumpys” were regarded as the epitome of large pleasure boat design and quality construction. Notably, the “Sequoia”, a 104’ ft motor yacht built in 1925, served as the Presidential yacht during the Roosevelt thru Kennedy administrations.
The boat spent the first 25 years of its life along the East Coast of the US and in Florida. In 1991, it sailed through the Panama Canal on its own bottom and then to the Northwest US and Canada. It was purchased in May of 2015 by Jeffrey and Ernie Sturm of Portland, Oregon after having been moored for over 10 years in Port Ludlow, WA. That summer, they moved it to Canoe Cove near Sidney, BC and shortly thereafter, Raven Marine Services, along with Jesperson Wooden Boat Builders, began the extensive restoration which included major repairs to the hull, keel, and stuffing boxes, along with overhauling both engines, installing a new, state of the art, cathode protection system, and “Dry Bilge” system. The interior was refit with new carpet, cushions, and isinglass and, as the attached photos show, the vessel was returned to its original grace and elegance.
The Sturm’s plan to cruise the “Dawn Patrol” throughout the San Juan and Gulf Islands and hopefully make it as far north as Desolation Sound and the Broughton Islands. For more information, contact Ernie Sturm at email@example.com or 503-780-4131.
Home Port: Port Townsend, WA
Year Built: 2018
Owner: Michael and Lynne Cassella-Blackburn
Designer: Kerry Elwood
Design: Water Woody 33
2018, 33′ Water woody. Designed and built by Kerry Elwood in Salem, Oregon. Her name is Deep Purple. She is a living, breathing piece of unique art work! Once our children were grown and gone we sold our house, gave away everything we owned and contracted Kerry to build us this glorious boat. We had no intention of buying a wooden boat. Who wants that upkeep in your retirement years? But then we saw Kerry’s two first boats that he had at the Wooden Boat Festival of 2014 and our minds quickly changed! Our intention is to live on it here in Port Townsend until we retire in 5 years. Then we plan on traveling the River Ways, Lakes and Canals of the USA. Most of the windows and doors come from my family vacation home on a Lake in Vermont that I grew up on. Four years ago we had to sell it and the new owners decided to tear down the 200 year old cottage. So I had several of the doors, windows, wall boards and beams shipped to Oregon where Kerry did a lovely job of incorporating as much as possible into our new boat. Deep Purple is a very ‘green’ boat with solar panels that power the LED lights, propane engines, and a composting toilet.
Home Port: Olympia, WA
Year Built: 1952
Owner: Sam Devlin
Diana is a Beal’s Island built and former lobster fishing boat. She was converted and re-built in 2002 by Doug Hyland of Maine and currently resides in Olympia, WA. She is owned by Sam Devlin of Devlin Boat Co. and currently gets used for weekend camp/cruising and fishing mostly around South Sound. Diana is a fine example of the simple beauty of a fishing boat and runs thru the water with easy elegance. Power is a 125hp. Yanmar diesel engine and the dry exhaust completes the picture of her former fishing past.
Home Port: Corvallis, OR
Year Built: 2017
Owner: Earl Boissonou
Design: Bo Jest
Dr. Petra has navigated the Yaquina river as well as part of the Columbia River and completed last years Salish 100 from Olympia to Port Townsend, WA. Completed in 2017, she took 2 yrs 10 months to build and is constructed of straight-grained Doug fir and Doug fir plywood. Fastenings are silicone bronze and some stainless steel. She has also been featured in Small Boats Annual Magazine where a more detailed description is available. I like the fact that the enclosed cabin extends the boating season from early Spring to early Fall. She spends most of her time moored on the lake. Then she’s in the barn for the Winter.
Duffy & Dinky
Home Port: Tacoma, WA
Year Built: 1950
LOA: 35' 10"
Beam: 10' 6"
Owner: Evan & Sara Bailly
Designer: Edwin Monk Sr.
Design: Bridgedeck Cruiser
Duffy was built to a design penned by Edwin Monk Sr. in 1947 by Frank Adams under the north span of Seattle’s University Bridge. She was launched in 1950. The original owners raised their family onboard while cruising the length of the Salish Sea, making Ketchican twice. Duffy remained under their stewardship for 42 years, moored at the Seattle Yacht Club where she became something of a fixture. Her next owners treated her to a cosmetic restoration in the mid-1990s and cruised with their family for the next two decades before passing her onto us.
Our children have known her their whole lives and she was our second home in Port Townsend while I attended NWSWB. That is when she received her tender, “Dinky”, a pram designed in 1932 by Monk and built at the “boat school” in 2018/19. After 70 years, Duffy needed a structural restoration, and as she is a member of our family, we obliged. She has undergone a yearlong rebuild, refit, and restoration to ensure that she is still something to enjoy in the next generation.
Home Port: Lukupu Landing
Year Built: 2002
Owner: Edward Hackett
Type: Row Boat
Eileen Marie is a 12 foot dory skiff. She is built from Okoume plywood, mahogany, and ash. While she was built as primarily as a rowing vessel, she has a 20″ transom to be able to take a small outboard if desired. The builder, Mark Alpen of Escondido, California, originally built the boat to be his “exercise machine with a view.” His grand children soon insisted on being taken along for the ride. The small, 12 footer became too cramped for the three of them and Mark offered the boat to me with plans to build a larger version. He passed away before completing the larger version. She is now a treasured remembrance of a dear friend.
According to Mark, her home port, Lukupu Landing, is the home of the cartoon character Crusader Rabbit. Crusader Rabbit was the first made for TV animated series and debuted in 1950. The show’s creators went on to bring us The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
Home Port: Port Townsend, WA
Year Built: 1936
Owner: Esther Whitmore & David Green
Designer: Aage Utzon
We are honored to have inherited Eio from longtime owners, James and Deborah Klose, last winter. We are excited to carry forward the love they have put into caring for this beautiful boat over the years. We plan to keep her in the Port Townsend area.
Home Port: Oakland Bay Marina, Shelton, WA
Year Built: 1927
Owner: James Poirson
Designer: Theorel and Nordstrom
Design: Bridge Deck Cruiser
A number of such installations have been made on the West Coast and are being watched with keen interest by motor boat operators everywhere.
A particularly striking yacht installation was that made in the 44-foot power cruiser El Mistico owned by E. Michelson of the Seattle Yacht Club. The El Mistico was built by the Ballard Marine Railway of Seattle from designs by Thearle and Nordstrom and embodies a number of striking features in design, construction, and arrangement.
The power plant is one of the new four-cylinder Fairbanks-Morse marine Diesel engines developing 40 h.p. at 650 r.p.m. This engine is of the two-cycle type. The installation was made under the personal supervision of A. F. Whitehead, manager of the service department of the Seattle branch of Fairbanks-Morse & Company.
A feature of the job is the special unit control stand designed by Fairbanks-Morse engineers, and due to the success of the El Mistico will be made standard on this type of craft. By the use of this control, which is in a single bronze casting, the engine can be started, the clutch manipulated, the speed regulated and the reverse operated by the man at the wheel. Air and oil pressures are carried to the pilot house so that the owner can at all times follow the operating conditions of the engine. There is a thermostatic monometer for indicating engine temperature.
…The centralization of controls enables one man to operate the boat readily.