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Built in 1938 by Blanchard Boat Company in Seattle for Markus Mayer Jr as “We’re Here”. Launched with sistership Tola. Past owners include Dr. Carl Jensen, AC Woodley, David Skinner and Dr. Robert Smith. Over the years the name was changed from We’re Here to Oscar IV, Avolonte, Kate, and currently Arroyo. The yacht was extensively raced in NW waters winning the 1949 Swiftsure Lightship Race and numerous Seattle yacht Club races. A half hull of the yacht currently hangs in the dining foyer of the Seattle Yacht Club.

From 1995-2000 the yacht underwent extensive restoration in Pt. Townsend under the guidance of Phil Rome and many other marine craftspeople from Pt. Townsend. Reconstruction included replacing 80 ribs, new deck, and deck beams, a new cockpit, new electrical, rebuilt engine, new electronics, prop, shaft, exhaust, galley, and complete hull fastening. New sails were added in 2001 and a new diesel engine in 2014. Arroyo has participated in numerous wooden boat festivals in Seattle and Pt. Townsend. The yacht is currently moored on Lake Union, only minutes from where the yacht was originally launched.

Construction includes: 1 1/8″ cedar planks on 2’x2′ oak frames, 3/4″ Okume plywood decking on mahogany beams, spruce mast and boom, System 3 fiberglass deck coating with silica sand, teak and mahogany brite work, and a Yanmar 40 hp diesel engine.