Admiral’s Barge

In Festival Boats 2017

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.