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South Paw

In Festival Boats 2022

Built by previous owner Frank Klister at the Port Townsend wooden boat center in 1997. I know it has been displayed at the festival before. I recently discovered it tarped and overgrown in the woods on Guemes Island. After much negotiation, I worked a deal with Franks’s widow, and just got it home. I have a love for wooden boats …

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Merva

In Festival Boats 2022

Merva’s history begins with a remarkable journey by sledge, drawn by a team of horses, from Mr. Morriss’ yard to the water’s edge for launching. Afterward, she cruised the waters around Victoria for many years during the 1930s and 40s with the Morriss Family, making frequent stops at Sydney Spit and Musgrave Landing. After finally being sold for reasons I …

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Teal

In Festival Boats 2022

TEAL is a venerable part of PNW and Alaska history; built near Coos Bay, OR for the U.S. Government; TEAL spent nearly40 as a coastal patrol vessel in service to the (then) Bureau of Fisheries in the Aleutian Islands and Cook Inlet, AK. TEAL would carry 14 crew onboard, including fishery biologists, and log as many as 11,000 miles seasonally; …

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Nymph of Lorne

In Festival Boats 2022

Nymph was built by McGruer & Co. in Scotland in 1963. She spent her first 15 years sailing in Scotland, then sailed to BC via the Atlantic, the Canal, and Hawaii. A recent book provides details about her construction, McGruer & Co. and her 4 sisterships. She was build #606 at the McGruer family boatyard. McGruer & Co. used full-length …

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Koru

In Festival Boats 2022

This boat is constructed using Dudley Dix’s radius chine technique. She is made from fiberglass sheathed 9mm okoume plywood with Alaskan yellow cedar stringers. A custom sugar scoop adds an extra 20 inches to the LOA. The keel and rudder can be lifted so the boat can fit on a normal boat trailer. Her auxiliary power is provided by an …

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Providence

In Festival Boats 2022

Built in Denmark in 1903 as an Anchor Seiner, Providence worked in the North Sea for several decades—serving in both World Wars and commandeered by Germany in WWII. After repatriation to Denmark, she served in the Danish Navy and eventually returned to domestic registry. Bought and sailed to Victoria in 1979 by Peter Watson and put back to work as …

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ANJA

In Festival Boats 2022

ANJA’s design is based on the legendary Bristol Pilot Cutters of Britain. These boats were able to weather strong storms as well as be sailed short-handed. They would take the pilot out to large ships waiting in the Bristol Channel. Modern racing yachts evolved from this design. Construction is of mahogany plank on oak frames. Roger Long of Woods Hole, …

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Clancy

In Festival Boats 2022

The story of Clancy begins with Bob Pickett. Born in 1929 and raised in Florida, Pickett was a boat nut. His wife Erica settled in Anacortes in 1971, opening Flounder Bay Boat Lumber. Pickett was something of a local fixture. His sister-in-law would later note that Pickett “had a strong sense of how to enjoy life, including others, and build …

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BISH

In Festival Boats 2022

BISH is a Murray Peterson Susan schooner. Port Orford Cedar on steam-bent white oak frames. Teak decks on laminated doug fir deck beams. Hand crank SABB lifeboat engine. All standing rigging is galvey 7×7, parcel and served. Built by Karl Bischoff in Georgetown, Seattle. It’s taken 12 years so far. For each task, I had to do research and take …

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Strait Talk

In Festival Boats 2022

Strait Talk is truly one of a kind! She was built in 1947 by L.E. (Earl) Fowler at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. She was built of reclaimed Port Orford cedar on oak frames. The Port Orford Cedar was originally collected from timber lost from log booms, found on the shores of the San Juan’s, and milled into planks. It …